Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, IA 50023
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Des Moines Area Community College is one of the sixteen public 2-year colleges in Iowa. The campus is located in a suburb, in Ankeny.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 22,982 students attend the school. Every year 29% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students22,982
Student to Faculty Ratio20:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate59%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 0 0
Associate's degree 11 107
Certificate 24 189
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 97.4%
  • NCLEX-RN: 88.3%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1974 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
06/01/1987 - Current
Nursing (PNUR) - Practical nursing programs
06/01/1967 - 04/05/2012



Acceptance Rate
The college has an open admission policy. However each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$151/credit
In State Students$151/credit
Out of State Students$302/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students-
In State Students-
Out of State Students-

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $6,795 $6,795 $13,590
ADN 70 $10,570 $10,570 $21,140
BSN 125 $18,875 $18,875 $37,750
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 72% of Des Moines Area Community College's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 44% $3,901
Other Federal Grant 9% $335
State Grant & Scholarships 13% $1,844
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 21% $1,031
Federal Student Loans 45% $4,323
Private Loans 2% $6,221


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,811
$30,001 to $48,000$9,227
$48,001 to $75,000$10,906
$75,001 to $110,000$12,800
Over $110,000$13,248

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Iowa state board of nursing.
Des Moines Area Community College
2006 Ankeny Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50023

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