Nursing Schools in Iowa

The state of Iowa is home to 55 nursing schools. This year (2018) we evaluated 31 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best in Iowa.

NursingExplorer ranking system is statistical. We use the following factors when evaluating schools: NCLEX pass rates, programmatic and institutional accreditations. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Iowa

Listed below are all nursing schools in Iowa. Please use the sort feature to view which schools have top RN and LPN programs along with their corresponding average NCLEX pass rates. Click on each school's name to view more detail about the school.

There are a total of 55 nursing schools in the state of Iowa.

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Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate97.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
Cost per annum$9,929

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate96.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,870

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$14,161

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • RN to BSN

North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate95.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate94.0%
Cost per annum$8,957

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate94.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,112

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN

Graceland University-Lamoni

Lamoni, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate93.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,547

Programs offered

  • BSN

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate93.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,069

Programs offered

  • BSN

Allen College

Waterloo, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate93.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

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
  • Accelerated BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN

Luther College

Decorah, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate93.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$25,404

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate89.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,304

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN

Southwestern Community College

Creston, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate95.7%
Cost per annum$7,706

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

St Luke's College

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate88.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,560

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN

Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, IA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate88.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate97.0%
Cost per annum$10,385

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate86.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$22,627

Programs offered

  • BSN

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate94.7%
Cost per annum$6,076

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Northeast Iowa Community College

Calmar, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate97.3%
Cost per annum$8,872

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate84.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate95.3%
Cost per annum$9,229

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate83.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate82.0%
Cost per annum$9,373

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate82.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate87.3%
Cost per annum$9,887

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate79.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate95.0%
Cost per annum$10,089

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Clarke University

Dubuque, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate78.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,787

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate76.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate94.7%
Cost per annum$8,488

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate76.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$19,312

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate76.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$24,054

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate76.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,585

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Iowa Wesleyan University

Mount Pleasant, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate74.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$21,543

Programs offered

  • BSN

Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate71.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,818

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN

Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus

Cedar Falls, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate67.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate89.7%
Cost per annum$21,960

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate65.0%
NCLEX PN Passrate77.7%
Cost per annum$8,537

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate62.7%
NCLEX PN Passrate91.7%
Cost per annum$10,030

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate55.3%
NCLEX PN Passrate81.0%
Cost per annum$8,762

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$24,109

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$10,496

Programs offered

  • ADN

Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus

Cedar Rapids, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$16,482

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Kaplan University-Davenport Campus

Davenport, IA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,462

Programs offered

  • BSN

Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

Urbandale, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$18,965

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$8,625

Programs offered

  • ADN

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$23,405

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

William Penn University

Oskaloosa, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not for Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum$20,897

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN

Des Moines Area Community College - Boone Campus

Boone, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Eastern Iowa Community College District - Clinton Community College

Cinton, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Indian Hills Community College - Centerville

Centerville, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus

Emmetsburg, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Iowa Western Community College - Clarinda

Clarinda, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN

Kirkwood Community College - Iowa City Campus

Iowa City, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN

Northeast Iowa Community College - Peosta Campus

Peosta, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For Profit
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN

Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus

Carroll, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN

Des Moines Area Community College - Newton Campus

Newton, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Des Moines Area Community College - Urban Campus

Des Moines, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Eastern Iowa Community College - Muscatine Community College

Muscatine, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus

Storm Lake, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Iowa Central Community College - Webster City Campus

Webster City, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Iowa Valley Community College District - Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

Iowa Valley Community College District - Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN

Iowa Western Community College - Shelby County Center

Shenandoah, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
NCLEX RN Passrate-
NCLEX PN Passrate-
Cost per annum

Programs offered

  • LPN

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