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 $25,900 $30,500 $32,900
Home Health and Personal Care Aides $22,600 $27,400 $29,800
Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) $37,000 $44,200 $47,800
Registered Nurses $49,600 $60,600 $66,100

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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

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 official documents showing completion of all requirements. These documents must show:

  • 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 their 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 see the Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Graduates then skip to Step 5.

Step #2: Required Assessment / Success Courses

Students must meet minimum score requirements and/or successfully complete the required college success courses in English, reading, and math with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with your program advisor.

Next Generation
Success Course *
19 Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 259 QAS MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
19 English 82 Sentence Skills -OR-
06 Essay
65 English 253 Writing ENG-061 College Preparatory Writing II
19 Reading 76 Reading 82 Reading 251 Reading RDG-040 College Preparatory Reading III

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

* Success course credits do not apply towards graduation requirements.

Step #3: Prerequisite Coursework

Students who do not have a Practical Nursing degree must successfully complete the following:

  • All program prerequisite courses with a minimum "B" grade.
  • Two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry with a minimum "C" grade.

While Hawkeye Community College is accepting Pass/Fail grades as an institution, due to accreditation, Hawkeye is not accepting College or High School Pass/Fail grades for any admission criteria.

Step #4: TEAS Exam

Nursing program 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: Program Acceptance

Applicants who have completed all admissions requirements in steps 1–4 will be accepted into the next available seat to the program.

If the number of eligible students exceeds the number of available seats, students will be accepted in the following order:

  1. Completion date of all required prerequisite coursework.
  2. Eligibility date — Determined by either:
    • The date the student registered for their final prerequisite course at Hawkeye OR
    • The date the Admissions office received transcripts showing completion of prerequisite courses at another accredited institution.
  3. Grade Point Average — Determined by grades in prerequisite courses.

Accepted Students

Students accepted to the Nursing program must:

  • Complete a nursing program orientation session where they will register for program courses with faculty advisors.
  • Be Healthcare Provided CPR certified.
  • Have a physical exam in Hawkeye Community College format prior to the first day of clinical coursework. Admission to the Nursing program is not based on the physical examination.

Changes are taking place within healthcare facilities nationally. These changes directly affect all health programs at Hawkeye Community College. The Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO), which accredits healthcare facilities across the country, enforced background screening September 2004 and has set requirements mandating that students in a healthcare field must now complete the same background check as hospital employees. As a Health student of Hawkeye Community College, you will be required to complete a criminal background check which includes fingerprinting that searches the following databases of sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry, and Medicare/Medicaid Fraud. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting

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Admission Requirements for Practical Nursing Program Graduates

Students who have graduated from a Practical Nursing program will need to inform the Admissions office as well as meet the following admission requirements in order to be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program:

  1. Provide proof via an official transcript of successful completion of an accredited Practical Nursing program.

  2. Complete, with a minimum grade of "C", either two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry or equivalent.

  3. Complete, with a minimum grade of "B", BIO-168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I with lab and BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II with lab.

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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