Nursing

Careers

Positions

Graduates work in hospitals, physician's clinics, and specialty clinics and departments such as pediatrics, intensive care, surgical, psychiatric, obstetrics, and cardiology.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Nursing Assistants $22,900 $28,300 $31,000
Home Health Aides $22,200 $28,500 $31,700
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses $34,500 $41,600 $45,200
Registered Nurses $44,300 $57,900 $64,700

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment: Practical Nursing (LPN)

Employers

The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN
MercyOne Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA
UnityPoint Health—Allen Hospital Waterloo, IA
Universal Pediatrics Cedar Rapids, IA
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA
Waverly Health Center Waverly, IA

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Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) or Practical Nursing (LPN) program, students must provide the Admissions office with the appropriate documentation showing completion of all requirements. Appropriate documentation consists of:

  • Updated assessment scores. -AND/OR-
  • A transcript or academic evaluation showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Monitor his/her progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
  • Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
  • Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements.

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Nursing program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Students must choose either the day or evening program option and will not be able to switch between day and evening coursework without re-enrolling.

If you are a graduate of an accredited Practical Nursing program, please skip steps 2, 3, and 4 and see the Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Graduates.

Step #2: Placement through appropriate assessment scores or completion of success courses

In order to be eligible for the Nursing program, all students must meet minimum score requirements and/or complete required success courses. Success course credits do not apply towards graduation or the AAS degree.

Students must meet the minimum assessment score or have completed the required success course in each math, English, and reading.

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS Success Course
Math 19 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
English 19 82 Sentence Skills -OR-
06 Essay
65 ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
Reading 19 76 82 RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III

Step #3: Prerequisite Coursework

All students must successfully complete the program prerequisite courses, including two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry with a grade of C or higher. See the suggested sequence of study for a list of prerequisite courses and required minimum grades.

Step #4: TEAS Exam

All Hawkeye Community College nursing applicants must successfully pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Exam with a composite score of 64% or higher. This exam must be taken at Hawkeye Community College and students will have a maximum of five attempts at the exam.

Step #5: Eligible for Acceptance

Applicants who meet the program admission requirements for entrance into the nursing program will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by the GPA attained from the prerequisite courses, with the highest GPA being at the top. If more than one applicant shares the same GPA, the second criteria used will be a file completion date, which is the date the applicant registered for their last prerequisite course or provided documentation of all required courses being met from another accredited institution.

Step #6: Acceptance to program or additional semester of general education

Eligible applicants are reviewed each October for spring acceptance and March for fall acceptance. Applicants will be notified of program acceptance after those initial review periods.

Accepted students will complete a nursing program orientation session where they will register for program courses.

Some students may prefer to delay acceptance to the program and continue taking additional general education courses prior to their program start date. See the courses marked as General education courses on the suggested sequence of study .

Accepted students must be Healthcare Provider CPR certified and have a physical exam on Hawkeye Community College format prior to the first day of clinical coursework.

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Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Program Graduates

Past Hawkeye graduates of the Practical Nursing program or Practical Nursing graduates from another accredited college will need to meet the following admission requirements in order to be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program:

  1. Successful completion of an accredited Practical Nursing program.

  2. Complete two semesters of high school chemistry with a grade of “C” or higher or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher.

  3. Complete all prerequisite coursework and BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with a "B" grade or higher.

Applicants who meet all three of the above criteria will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list.

Placement on the list is determined by the GPA attained from BIO-168 and BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II. If applicants share the same GPA, the second criteria used will be a file completion date, which is the date the applicant registered for their last prerequisite course (BIO-168, BIO-173, or CHM-122) or provided documentation of these courses being met from another accredited institution.

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