Des Moines Area Community College

2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023

Des Moines Area Community College - Boone Campus

1125 Hancock Drive
Boone, IA 50036

Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus

906 North Grant Road
Carroll, IA 51401

(712) 792-2557

Des Moines Area Community College - Newton Campus

600 N. 2nd Ave. West
Newton, IA 50208


Des Moines Area Community College - Urban Campus

1100 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314


Eastern Iowa Community College - Muscatine Community College

152 Colorado Street
Muscatine, IA 52761

(563) 288-6001

Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview
Ottumwa, IA 52501

Indian Hills Community College - Centerville

721 N. 1st Street
Centerville, IA 52501

Iowa Central Community College

One Triton Circle
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus

916 Russel Street
Storm Lake, IA 50588


Iowa Central Community College - Webster City Campus

1725 Beach Street
Webster City, IA 50595


Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus

3200 College Drive
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Iowa Valley Community College District - Ellsworth Community College

1100 College Avenue
Iowa Falls, IA 50126

(641) 648-4611

Iowa Valley Community College District - Marshalltown Community College

3700 S Center St
Marshalltown, IA 50158

(641) 752-7106

Iowa Western Community College

2700 College Rd
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Iowa Western Community College - Clarinda

923 East Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632

Iowa Western Community College - Shelby County Center

1901 Hawkeye Ave., Suite 102 (along Highway 59)
Shenandoah, IA 51537


Mercy College of Health Sciences

928 Sixth Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309

Southeastern Community College

1500 West Agency Road
West Burlington, IA 52655

St Luke's College

2720 Stone Park Blvd
Sioux City, IA 51104

Western Iowa Tech Community College

4647 Stone Ave
Sioux City, IA 51102

Hawkeye Community College

1501 E Orange Rd
Waterloo, IA 50701

Kaplan University - Cedar Falls Campus

7009 Nordic Drive
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

(319) 277-0220

Kaplan University - Cedar Rapids Campus

3165 Edgewood Parkway SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

(319) 363-0481

Kaplan University - Des Moines Campus

4655 121st Street
Urbandale, IA 50323

(515) 727-2100

Kirkwood Community College

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

North Iowa Area Community College

500 College Dr
Mason City, IA 50401

Southwestern Community College

1501 W. Townline Street
Creston, IA 50801

Northeast Iowa Community College - Peosta Campus

10250 Sundown Road
Peosta, IA 52068

The nursing employment opportunities in Iowa are continuously climbing up each year. In the state alone, there are 20% of LPNs comprising the entire nursing population. This is a low number as compared to other states which is why the shortage in nurses is also steadily increasing. 

In order to meet the demands for more LPNs and RNs, students are encouraged to try their luck in the nursing field. The job outlook, after all, is very bright with many Iowa hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices and health companies continuously scouring for applicants. 

LPN Degree and Iowa Nursing Education 

The Practical Nursing program in this state is a quick way to become a nurse as it is a degree earned in just a year of study. Licensed LPNs in IA are required to have  24-hour continuing education courses on their first renewal period. Every three years after, the requirement is 36 contact hours. 

If you want to work as an LPN right after schooling or if you are considering shifting to a different career, here are the leading colleges in Iowa –

Des Moines Area Community College 

This is a community college that offers various programs in different campuses. There are also online classes for the working or home-based student. DMACC focuses in the fields of nursing, computer and vocational training. 

DMACC Practical Nursing Program is an Iowa Board of Nursing approved program. The school has a pass rate of 96% for their LPN graduates. 

Hawkeye Community College 

Located just outside of Waterloo, IA; HCC operates many satellite campuses. Founded in 1966, the college eventually added various liberal arts and science programs. The student life at this college is highly robust, with many clubs and organizations to join at. 

HCC’s Practical Nursing program was created to prepare students for their entry-level practice in nursing. About a half of the instructional time is focused on actual clinical practice where students work in nursing homes or hospitals. These classes are under the strict supervision of top nursing instructors. 

Students learn about nursing fundamentals; pharmacology; growth and development; anatomy and physiology; maternal-child nursing; medical-surgical nursing; gerontology; and mental health concepts. 

Indian Hills Community College 

Also called IHCC, this public, two-year community college is situated in Southeast IA with campuses in Centerville, Ottumwa, and Iowa. It was founded in 1966 and is now offering Associate Degree and Science programs. 

The Practical Nursing Program comprises of hands-on training as well as classroom, theory learning. Program completion spells the student’s admission to the Associate Degree Nursing program or Level II and he also automatically becomes eligible to take the NCLEX-PN.