Nursing

Program Options

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Award: Career Pathway Certificate
Time to Complete: 4 months
Cost: $973.25

Careers and Average Wages

Individuals may find jobs as a CNA, nurse aide, home health aide, or personal care aide.

Entry Average Experienced
Nursing Assistants $25,900 $30,500 $32,800
Home Health Aides $22,500 $27,400 $29,800

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

View Certified Nursing Assistant Program Details

Next step: Apply to the Nursing program or enter the workforce.

Nursing Pre-Program Coursework

Award: Must complete the Practical Nursing or Associate Degree Nursing program
Credits: 16.5
Enrollment Status: Full-time or Part-time
Program Start: Fall or Spring
Time to Complete *: 4 months
Cost: $3,734.75 **

Financial Aid Eligible

To get started: Apply to the Nursing Program

Courses

  • Composition I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Introduction to Health Professions
  • Nurse Aide

Chemistry prerequisite: In addition to the following prerequisite coursework, students must have completed two semesters of high school chemistry or CHM-122 Introduction to General Chemistry with a minimum "C" grade to be eligible for acceptance in the nursing program. See Admissions Requirements for more information.

Next step: Complete Nursing program admission requirements then continue to the Practical Nursing (LPN) program.

Practical Nursing (LPN)

Award: Diploma
Credits: 30
Enrollment Status: Full-time
Program Start: Fall
Time to Complete *: 9 months
Cost:$8,568 **

To get started: Apply to the Nursing Program if you have not already.

Careers and Average Wages

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

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

Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Core Courses

Semester 1 — Fall
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan
  • Nursing Clinical I
  • Nursing Clinical II
Semester 2 — Spring
  • Basic Health Alterations A
  • Basic Health Alterations B
  • Foundations of Nursing Skills Lab
  • Nursing Clinical III
  • Nursing Clinical IV
  • Nutrition
  • Issues and Trends in Practical Nursing Leadership

View Practical Nursing (LPN) Suggested Sequence of Study

Next step: Continue to semester 3 and 4 of the Associate Degree Nursing program (RN) or graduate and enter the workforce.

Associated Degree Nursing (RN)

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits: 67
Enrollment Status: Full-time
Program Start: Fall
Time to Complete *: 2 years
Cost: $13,692 **

To get started: Apply to the Nursing Program if you have not already.

Careers and Average Wages

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

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

Core Courses

Semester 1 — Fall
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Health Promotion & Maintenance Across the Lifespan
  • Nursing Clinical I
  • Nursing Clinical II
Semester 2 — Spring
  • Basic Health Alterations A
  • Basic Health Alterations B
  • Foundations of Nursing Skills Lab
  • Nursing Clinical III
  • Nursing Clinical IV
  • Nutrition
  • Issues and Trends in Practical Nursing Leadership
Semester 3 — Fall
  • Advanced Nursing Skills
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Community and Mental Health Nursing
  • Complex Health Alterations
  • Nursing Clinical V
  • Transition to Professional Nursing
Semester 4 — Spring
  • Complex Health Alterations B
  • Complex Maternal Child Health Alterations
  • Holistic Client Care
  • Issues in Nursing Management
  • Nursing Clinical Community and Special Populations
  • Nursing Clinical VI

View Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Suggested Sequence of Study

 You have completed the Nursing AAS degree program.

Continuing Education

Hawkeye offers many health continuing education courses to keep you up to date in your nursing profession.

Health Continuing Education Course Offerings

* Length to Complete

Program length to complete is based on full-time enrollment status.

** Cost Calculation

The program cost calculation is based on 2021–2022 tuition and fees and course fees.

  • Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.
  • If more than one course is listed, the first course is used in this calculation.

The course cost calculation does not include:

  • The cost of books. Visit the Hawkeye Bookstore to determine the cost of books.

  • Tools, supplies, and background screenings. Some programs may have additional cost of tools, supplies, and background screenings. Check with a program advisor for more information.

  • Non-resident tuition and fees or international student costs.

*** Non-credit program offerings:

Non-credit program offerings:

  • Are not eligible for financial aid, but students may be eligible for financial assistance.
  • Require a separate registration process than the credit offerings.

See program details for more information.

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.

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER:
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, sex offender, child abuse and dependent adult registry. The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Equal Opportunity Statement

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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Courses

Associate Degree Nursing (RN) — AAS degree

Core Courses

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Introduction to Health Professions
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab
  • Nursing Clinical I
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Lifespan and Health Promotion and Mental Well-Being
  • Medical Surgical I and II
  • PN Issues and Trends
  • Practical Nursing Capstone
  • Nutrition
  • Transition to Professional Nursing
  • Advanced Nursing Skills
  • Physical Assessment
  • Complex Health Concept Mod A, B, and C
  • Nursing Care of Special Populations
  • Microbiology
  • Professional Roles of Nursing Practice
  • Passage to Professional Practice

You will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 83.5
Program Start: Fall, Spring

View Associate Degree Nursing (RN) Suggested Sequence of Study and Course Cost

Practical Nursing (LPN) — Diploma option

Core Courses

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Introduction to Health Professions
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Introduction to Nursing
  • Introduction to Nursing Skills Lab
  • Nursing Clinical I
  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • Lifespan and Health Promotion and Mental Well-Being
  • Medical Surgical I and II
  • PN Issues and Trends
  • Practical Nursing Capstone
  • Nutrition

You will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals.

The outcome could possibly affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Details

Award: Diploma (Diploma)
Required number of credits: 46.5
Program Start: Fall, Spring

The evening Practical Nursing (LPN) program is fall start only.

View Practical Nursing (LPN) Suggested Sequence of Study and Course Cost

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) option

Working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is a great way to explore if a career in healthcare is right for you. Classes are offered in the day or evening and training can be completed in two months.

Award: Certificate
Required number of credits: 3
Classes start: Fall, Spring, Summer

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