Nursing Schools in Iowa

There are 54 nursing schools in Iowa. This year, we evaluated 29 schools, and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best-value schools. Our data-driven ranking system uses the NCLEX pass rates and average net price to calculate the ranks. According to our research, we determined that the NCLEX pass rate of a school has a strong correlation with the quality of education provided by the school. On the other hand, we can easily assess the affordability of the schools by comparing their net price. By combining these two metrics, we managed to create a ranking scale that tells us the return on investment of each school. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here

Each school has two separate rankings. One for the RN program and one for the LPN program. Use the Filter By options to see each list. The Sort By button allows you to sort the list by school name, cost, or rank.

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Southeastern Community College
West Burlington, IA
Southeastern Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,966
NCLEX-RN Pass rate84.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.6%

Southeastern Community College is located in West Burlington, Iowa. This college was originally formed in 1967 and it successfully merged two local colleges at the time. From this point forward, the school has been providing the community with the most robust academic opportunities possible. ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Indian Hills Community College
Ottumwa, IA
Indian Hills Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,140
NCLEX-RN Pass rate56.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate80.1%

Indian Hills Community College (IHCC) is located in Ottumwa, Iowa. This public community college was established in 1966. It serves nearly 4,000 students and many of these students commute from nearby areas. IHCC is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Southwestern Community College
Creston, IA
Southwestern Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,284
NCLEX-RN Pass rate87.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.2%

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 ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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North Iowa Area Community College
Mason City, IA
North Iowa Area Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,538
NCLEX-RN Pass rate95.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.3%

North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) is located in Mason City, Iowa. This public community college provides an important service for the community. It offers students the opportunity to pursue many different lucrative career paths. There are career-focused certificate opportunities, as ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
  • RN to BSN
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Western Iowa Tech Community College
Sioux City, IA
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,532
NCLEX-RN Pass rate75.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate94.7%

Western Iowa Tech Community College (WITCC) is located in Sioux City, Iowa. This community college was established back in 1966. It currently serves over 6,000 students. The school is completely accredited institution by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • CNA
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Northeast Iowa Community College
Calmar, IA
Northeast Iowa Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,794
NCLEX-RN Pass rate84.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.7%

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is located in Calmar, Iowa. The school was established back in 1966 and it currently serves over 4,500 students. In the past, this school was known as the Northeast Iowa Technical Institute, but it wound up becoming a community college in 1988 and changed ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • CNA
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Eastern Iowa Community College District
Davenport, IA
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,867
NCLEX-RN Pass rate85.1%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate81.8%

Eastern Iowa Community College District is located in Davenport, Iowa. The Eastern Iowa Community College offers students a robust educational opportunity. They give students access to several associate degree programs while also offering many career technology programs. Many of the vocational ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Kirkwood Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,875
NCLEX-RN Pass rate97.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate100.0%

Kirkwood Community College (KCC) is located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This community college was originally established in 1966. KCC is completely accredited by the Iowa Department of Education's Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It offers ...

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
  • CNA
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Des Moines Area Community College
Ankeny, IA
Des Moines Area Community College
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,995
NCLEX-RN Pass rate88.3%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate97.4%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, IA
Iowa Central Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,976
NCLEX-RN Pass rate84.7%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate96.1%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, IA
Northwest Iowa Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,278
NCLEX-RN Pass rate77.4%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate95.2%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville, IA
Iowa Lakes Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,113
NCLEX-RN Pass rate65.2%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate75.6%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, IA
Hawkeye Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,727
NCLEX-RN Pass rate81.6%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate88.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, IA
Iowa Western Community College
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,416
NCLEX-RN Pass rate64.9%
NCLEX-PN Pass rate92.0%

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,845

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
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Graceland University-Lamoni
Lamoni, IA
Graceland University-Lamoni
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,302

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Grand View University
Des Moines, IA
Grand View University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,442

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
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St Luke's College
Sioux City, IA
St Luke's College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,290

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Coe College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,733

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, IA
Briar Cliff University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,409

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • DNP
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids, IA
Mount Mercy University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,429

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
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Morningside College
Sioux City, IA
Morningside College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,147

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Dubuque
Dubuque, IA
University of Dubuque
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,822

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, IA
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,587

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Northwestern College
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,335

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Luther College
Decorah, IA
Luther College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$26,013

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Saint Ambrose University
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,940

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
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Iowa Wesleyan University
Mount Pleasant, IA
Iowa Wesleyan University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,003

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Clarke University
Dubuque, IA
Clarke University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$26,909

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Allen College
Waterloo, IA
Allen College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Allen College is a private college in Waterloo, Iowa that offers students small class sizes and one-on-one time with professors. Allen College is a nursing school that was founded in 1925 with the opening of the Allen Memorial Hospital. Along with nursing programs, the college offers several ...

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
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Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA
Dordt College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,688

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, IA
Ellsworth Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,966

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
Cedar Falls, IA
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
Cedar Rapids, IA
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$17,081

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
Urbandale, IA
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,848

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, IA
Marshalltown Community College
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,889

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Upper Iowa University
Fayette, IA
Upper Iowa University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,525

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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William Penn University
Oskaloosa, IA
William Penn University
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate, Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,214

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Des Moines Area Community College - Boone Campus
Boone, IA
Des Moines Area Community College - Boone Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Eastern Iowa Community College District - Clinton Community College
Cinton, IA
Eastern Iowa Community College District - Clinton Community College

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Indian Hills Community College - Centerville
Centerville, IA
Indian Hills Community College - Centerville

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus
Emmetsburg, IA
Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Iowa Western Community College - Clarinda
Clarinda, IA
Iowa Western Community College - Clarinda

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
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Kirkwood Community College - Iowa City Campus
Iowa City, IA
Kirkwood Community College - Iowa City Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN
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Northeast Iowa Community College - Peosta Campus
Peosta, IA
Northeast Iowa Community College - Peosta Campus

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus
Carroll, IA
Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Des Moines Area Community College - Newton Campus
Newton, IA
Des Moines Area Community College - Newton Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Des Moines Area Community College - Urban Campus
Des Moines, IA
Des Moines Area Community College - Urban Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Eastern Iowa Community College - Muscatine Community College
Muscatine, IA
Eastern Iowa Community College - Muscatine Community College

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus
Storm Lake, IA
Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Iowa Central Community College - Webster City Campus
Webster City, IA
Iowa Central Community College - Webster City Campus

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Iowa Valley Community College District - Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, IA
Iowa Valley Community College District - Ellsworth Community College

Programs offered

  • LPN
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Iowa Valley Community College District - Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, IA
Iowa Valley Community College District - Marshalltown Community College

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
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Iowa Western Community College - Shelby County Center
Shenandoah, IA
Iowa Western Community College - Shelby County Center

Programs offered

  • LPN

Closed Nursing Schools/Campuses

The following schools are closed permanently.

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus (Closed in 2018)
BSN ADN MSN DNP

Iowa's NCLEX-RN pass rate Vs. National Average


Iowa's NCLEX-PN pass rate Vs. National Average


Iowa Nursing Salary and Emplyment Statistics


Median Salary
Job title Total Nurses Jobs/1000 Hourly Annual
Registered Nurses 33,280 21.676 $27 $56,710
Nurse Anesthetists 280 0.181 $91 $188,380
Nurse Practitioners 1,660 1.081 $49 $101,570
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses 5,990 3.901 $20 $41,720
Nursing Assistants 20,740 13.510 $13 $27,690
  • Jobs/1000 - the number of jobs (employment) in the given job title per 1,000 jobs (across all occupations ) in the state.
  • Data source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 Survey