Health Sciences

The Associate Degree Nursing program prepares students to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the healthcare needs of patients and clients. This comprehensive program includes specific nursing courses as well as core course requirements in the areas of communication, science, math and social science. Classroom activities are closely correlated with selected learning experiences in hospitals and other healthcare settings. After successful program completion, graduates are eligible to write the National Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse. The program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

This program participates in a state-wide articulation program which facilitates transfer of ADN graduates to four-year institutions within Iowa for the advanced study of nursing. Nursing courses with a clinical component may not be taken by a person who has been denied nursing licensure by a board of nursing; whose nursing license is currently probationary, suspended, surrendered or revoked in any U.S. jurisdiction; or whose nursing license/registration is currently probationary, suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 82
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $16,188*
Program Supplies: $3,330

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Career Outlook


Estimated annual salary for Nursing graduates represents median annual wage from EMSI's Analyst, Career Coach and Institutional Research data.

Potential Careers

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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years.
  4. View the Program Admission Checklist.

The health sciences programs have additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.

The ADN program is a ladder-concept program. In addition to the College admission procedures outlined, applicants must complete the HESI A2 admission assessment and achieve a score of 80 on both the reading and mathematics portions. The following courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C- or above within five years from the date of application:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab [BIO:168]
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab [BIO:173]
  • Dosage Calculations [PNN:200]
  • Intro to Nutrition [PNN:270]

Once completed, students will be accepted into the Nursing program. Students who graduate from the NICC Practical Nursing program are eligible to complete the sophomore year to achieve an AAS in nursing. Students must meet the admission requirements for entry into the Associate Degree Nursing program. Admission requirements are: Cumulative GPA of 2.2 in all Practical Nursing core courses (as noted by *) and achieve a minimum score of 850 on the HESI PN Exit examination.

Advanced-standing students who are current LPNs can articulate into the sophomore year only after meeting program requirements. Advanced standing students must successfully complete the LPN to ADN Admission Assessment with a minimum score of 850 as an entry requirement to the ADN program. Also required are space availability and district wide head of Nursing approval. A licensed practical nurse seeking admission will need to provide proof of current licensure and complete ADN:232, BIO:168, BIO:173 and a life-span growth and development course prior to starting their sophomore year. The advanced-standing students will begin coursework with ADN:232.

All nursing students are required to attend a program orientation prior to entrance into the program. Notification of dates and times will occur after acceptance to the Nursing program. Introduction to Nursing Concepts is in term one of the Nursing program and is the first clinical course.

For clinical assessments, visual and hearing acuity is essential. Travel to clinical sites in outlying areas is required at times throughout the program. Students are responsible for any travel costs. You will need to show proof of high school graduation or equivalent prior to taking the NCLEX licensure exam. The Iowa Board of Nursing will no longer review criminal history prior to application for licensure. Students are required to complete each program level within three years.

Exit Requirements

Students are required to pass the established benchmarks on the HESI exam in order to graduate from the program. The established benchmarks are stated in the annual District-Wide Policy and Procedure Manual for the Administration of Nursing Programs.

Continuing students who plan to enter the NICC Associate Degree Nursing program must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.2 in all Nursing core courses (as noted by *) and achieve a minimum score of 850 on the HESI PN Exit examination as an admission requirement to progress into the ADN program.

View the Nursing Program Admission Checklist.

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View a sample schedule for this program of study.

Review the College catalog for program sequence, admissions and academic requirements.

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The Northeast Iowa Community College Associate Degree Nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA) located at 2600 Virginia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Nursing Policy and Procedure Manual

Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. Use this state guide to identify the states in which NICC program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

RN to BSN Coursework

The Iowa state-wide articulation plan for nursing education allows Iowa community college credit from an ADN degree to be accepted in transfer for half (a total of 64 hours) of a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) at an Iowa college or university program. NICC has formal agreements with the following colleges: Emmaus Bible College, Clarke University, the University of Iowa, Upper Iowa University, Kaplan University, Allen College, and Northwestern College in Iowa. Clarkson College in Nebraska and Central Methodist University in Missouri have such programs, as do other schools in the state. There are also distance learning options around the country. Most require that you have attained your RN license. For further information, contact your NICC advisor.

Concurrent Enrollment Program Option (CEP)

Students entering the NICC Nursing program and desiring to pursue a BSN (baccalaureate in nursing) degree have the option to apply for admission into the CEP, offered in partnership with Upper Iowa University (UIU). Students must meet the academic qualifications of both the NICC and UIU programs. Students entering the NICC Nursing program at the PN level will participate fully in the NICC Nursing program and take online coursework through UIU at the same time. This maximizes the students' time and financial investment and helps them to be prepared for nursing practice environments. Once prerequisite courses are completed, students will then complete their PN, ADN, and BSN in four years. For more information, visit with an academic advisor.

Simulation Labs

Nursing students have the opportunity to utilize the College's Health Simulation Laboratories at the Calmar and Peosta campuses for hands-on learning experiences.

Dawn Sanderman

Dawn Sanderman
Associate Dean of Nursing

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1280
  • Location: Calmar

Sarah Carlson, MSN, RN, CCRN, CNL
Dean of Nursing

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2209
  • Location: Peosta