Practical Nursing

Health Sciences

This program of classroom, lab and clinical experience will prepare you for employment in hospitals, nursing homes and a variety of other healthcare facilities. The practical nurse gives nursing care to patients under the supervision of the registered nurse (RN) and assists RNs in providing care to patients in more complex situations. Following successful completion of the program, students are eligible to write the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

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 suspended, surrendered, or revoked in any U. S. jurisdiction; or whose nursing license/registration is currently suspended, surrendered or revoked in another country due to disciplinary action.

Award: Diploma
Credits: 42.75
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $9,491*
Program Supplies: $2,538

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$20,494 - 63,716

Estimated annual salary range for Health Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • Charge Nurse
  • CNA and LPN
  • ER Technician
  • Home Health Aide
  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®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.

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

In addition to the College admission procedures, applicants must complete the HESI A2 admissions 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]

Students may transfer into the freshman year only after transcript review, space availability and director of nursing approval. 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. In addition, the following requirements must be satisfied prior to term one of the NICC Nursing program.

Exit requirement

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.

View the Nursing Program Admission Checklist.

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2019-2020 Nursing Class Schedule (Calmar)

2019-2020 Nursing Class Schedule (Peosta)


ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
PNN:179 Intro to Nursing Care of Adults I 3.0
PNN:183 Intro to Nursing Concepts 6.0
PNN:204 Pharmacology Medications 1.0
PSY:121 Developmental Psychology 3.0
SDV:179 The College Experience 3.0


PNN:191 Intro to Nursing Care of Adults II 6.0
PNN:242 Intro to Maternal Child Health 3.5
PNN:246 Application of the Practical Nurse Role 3.25

To graduate from this program, students must complete all required coursework with a "C-" grade or above and earn a minimum 2.0 grade point average. A minimum 2.2 GPA in the core nursing courses and achievement of a minimum score of 850 on the HESI PN Exit examination are required for students completing the Practical Nursing program to qualify to progress into the Associate Degree Nursing program.

The following year rules exist for nursing program course work. If exceeded, the course(s) will need to be repeated. Nursing courses identified with a PNN prefix and Anatomy and Physiology courses cannot be greater than five years old.

NLN CNEA Practical Nursing Program Accreditation Logo

The Practical Nursing program at Northeast Iowa Community College was awarded full six-year accreditation by the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA).

Practical logo for top ranked program

The Practical Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and has been ranked as a top LPN program in the state of Iowa!

Nursing Policy and Procedure Manual

Gainful Employment Information

View gainful employment information for this program.

Concurrent Enrollment Program Option (CEP)

Students entering the NICC Nursing program and desiring to purse a BSN (baccalaureate in nursing) degree have the option to apply for admission into the CEP, offered in partnership with Upper Iowa University. 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.

The Practical Nursing program maintains formal transfer partnerships with the institution listed below. Students are encouraged to speak with their transfer college or university to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet necessary requirements. Learn more about transferring from NICC.

Sue Schneider

Susan Schneider, R.N., M.S.N., C.C.R.N.
Dean of Nursing

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