Health Sciences

The Health Sciences programs are committed to providing quality education in nursing and allied health fields, ensuring each graduate is qualified to enter the healthcare profession. Successful health science students are skilled in carrying out precise procedures, empathetic to patient emotions and needs, adaptable to quickly-changing environments and ethical in personal and professional judgments.

Experienced faculty and hands-on practice in clinical and simulated lab settings prepare students for a variety of high-wage, high-demand careers. The estimated salary range for Health Sciences graduates is $19,305 - $55,118*.


Health Sciences Programs
Program TitleAward
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Career Pathway Certificate
Dental Assisting Diploma
Electroneurodiagnostic Technology Associate of Applied Science
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Career Pathway Certificate
Health Information Technology Associate of Applied Science
Medical Assistant Diploma
Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science
Nursing Associate of Applied Science
Nursing - Practical Diploma
Paramedic Diploma
Associate of Applied Science
Phlebotomy Technician Career Pathway Certificate
Radiologic Technology Associate of Applied Science
Respiratory Care Associate of Applied Science
Surgical Technology Diploma
Associate of Applied Science

Simulation Labs

“Experiential learning” plays a vital role in developing solid clinical and critical thinking skills. The College's Health Simulation Laboratories at the Calmar and Peosta campuses are utilized by many programs including Paramedic, EMT, Respiratory Care, Nursing - Associate Degree, Practical Nursing and Medical Assisting. Learn more about simulation labs at NICC.


Advantages of Health Sciences

In Demand

Careers in health sciences are growing steadily. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry will produce 28 percent of all new jobs, nearly 5.7 million positions, by 2020. Based on this demand, employment in healthcare often comes with high wages and great benefits.

Fast-paced and Evolving Career Options

Medical and technological breakthroughs happen daily, which means careers in health sciences are constantly evolving and changing based on new discoveries. Although many positions will have different daily tasks and duties, healthcare environments are typically fast paced and provide new and exciting challenges every day.

 *Salary Source: EMSI; Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations in the NICC district.

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Contact Us

For credit degree programs, contact:

Admissions Office
Calmar: 800.728.2256, ext. 376
Peosta: 800.728.7367, ext. 259
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

For career pathway certificate programs, contact:

Business and Community Solutions
Calmar Area

563.562.3263, ext. 399
800.728.2256, ext. 399

Business and Community Solutions
Dubuque Area

563.557.8271, ext. 380
888.642.2338, ext. 380