Southwestern Community College

Creston, IA 50801
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Southwestern Community College (SWCC) is located in Creston, Iowa. This two-year community college was established in 1966.  There are a large number of different technical and vocational certificate courses to consider. Students will have plenty of options available to them when deciding a career path to pursue. This college is a well-known option for students who wish to transfer their credits over to a four-year university to pursue bachelor degrees. SWCC even has an athletics department with men's and women's teams in various different sports.

SWCC has a nursing program that has been educating members of the community for a long time. SWCC has LPN and RN program that are both approved by Iowa state board of nursing. SWCC’s nursing program is a participant in the Iowa Articulation Plan, that means students can easily transfer credits to a 4-year college to complete their BSN.

Classes begin annually in late-August and graduation is in late-June.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleRemote Town
Number of Students1,574
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenYes
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate63%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 2 24
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years 5 37
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-PN: 95.2%
  • NCLEX-RN: 87.4%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1975 - Current



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$164/credit
In State Students$164/credit
Out of State Students$171/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 $7,380 $7,380 $7,695
ADN 70 $11,480 $11,480 $11,970
BSN 125 $20,500 $20,500 $21,375
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, 87% of Southwestern 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 57% $4,151
Other Federal Grant 11% $960
State Grant & Scholarships 20% $2,943
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 42% $1,473
Federal Student Loans 58% $4,441
Private Loans 2% $6,599


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$6,669
$30,001 to $48,000$7,194
$48,001 to $75,000$9,229
$75,001 to $110,000$11,867
Over $110,000$12,128

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
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.
Southwestern Community College
1501 West Townline Street
Creston, IA 50801

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