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.

Institution RN PN RN PN
Kirkwood Community College
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
97.0% 100.0%
1
1
Coe College
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN
96.7%
2
University of Iowa
Location: Iowa City, IA
Programs offered: BSN Accelerated MSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
95.3%
3
North Iowa Area Community College
Location: Mason City, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
95.0% 94.0%
4
8
Mount Mercy University
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN ADN
94.3%
5
Graceland University-Lamoni
Location: Lamoni, IA
Programs offered: BSN
93.7%
6
University of Dubuque
Location: Dubuque, IA
Programs offered: BSN
93.3%
7
Allen College
Location: Waterloo, IA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral Accelerated BSN LPN to BSN RN to BSN
93.0%
8
Luther College
Location: Decorah, IA
Programs offered: BSN RN to BSN
93.0%
8
Morningside College
Location: Sioux City, IA
Programs offered: BSN LPN to BSN RN to BSN
89.3%
9
Southwestern Community College
Location: Creston, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
88.7% 95.7%
10
4
St Luke's College
Location: Sioux City, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN BSN
88.3% 11
Des Moines Area Community College
Location: Ankeny, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
88.0% 97.0% 12
3
Northwestern College
Location: Orange City, IA
Programs offered: BSN
86.0% 13
Southeastern Community College
Location: West Burlington, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
84.7% 94.7% 14
7
Northeast Iowa Community College
Location: Calmar, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
84.3% 97.3% 15
2
Iowa Central Community College
Location: Fort Dodge, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
84.0% 95.3% 16
5
Eastern Iowa Community College District
Location: Davenport, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
83.7% 82.0% 17 12
Hawkeye Community College
Location: Waterloo, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
82.0% 87.3% 18 11
Northwest Iowa Community College
Location: Sheldon, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
79.0% 95.0% 19
6
Clarke University
Location: Dubuque, IA
Programs offered: BSN Masters Doctoral RN to BSN
78.3% 20
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Location: Sioux City, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
76.7% 94.7% 21
7
Grand View University
Location: Des Moines, IA
Programs offered: BSN Masters LPN to BSN RN to BSN
76.7% 21
Saint Ambrose University
Location: Davenport, IA
Programs offered: BSN Masters RN to BSN
76.7% 21
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Location: Des Moines, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN RN to BSN BSN
76.0% 22
Iowa Wesleyan University
Location: Mount Pleasant, IA
Programs offered: BSN
74.7% 23
Briar Cliff University
Location: Sioux City, IA
Programs offered: BSN Doctoral Masters LPN to BSN RN to BSN
71.7% 24
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
Location: Cedar Falls, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
67.0% 89.7% 25
10
Iowa Lakes Community College
Location: Estherville, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
65.0% 77.7% 26 14
Iowa Western Community College
Location: Council Bluffs, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN LPN to ADN
62.7% 91.7% 27
9
Indian Hills Community College
Location: Ottumwa, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
55.3% 81.0% 28 13
Dordt College
Location: Sioux Center, IA
Programs offered: RN to BSN BSN
Ellsworth Community College
Location: Iowa Falls, IA
Programs offered: ADN
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
Kaplan University-Davenport Campus
Location: Davenport, IA
Programs offered: BSN
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
Location: Urbandale, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
Marshalltown Community College
Location: Marshalltown, IA
Programs offered: ADN
Upper Iowa University
Location: Fayette, IA
Programs offered: RN to BSN BSN
William Penn University
Location: Oskaloosa, IA
Programs offered: RN to BSN BSN
Des Moines Area Community College - Boone Campus
Location: Boone, IA
Programs offered: LPN ADN LPN to ADN
Eastern Iowa Community College District - Clinton Community College
Location: Cinton, IA
Programs offered: LPN ADN
Indian Hills Community College - Centerville
Location: Centerville, IA
Programs offered: LPN ADN
Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus
Location: Emmetsburg, IA
Programs offered: LPN ADN
Iowa Western Community College - Clarinda
Location: Clarinda, IA
Programs offered: LPN ADN
Kirkwood Community College - Iowa City Campus
Location: Iowa City, IA
Programs offered: LPN to ADN
Northeast Iowa Community College - Peosta Campus
Location: Peosta, IA
Programs offered: ADN LPN
Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus
Location: Carroll, IA
Programs offered: LPN LPN to ADN
Des Moines Area Community College - Newton Campus
Location: Newton, IA
Programs offered: LPN
Des Moines Area Community College - Urban Campus
Location: Des Moines, IA
Programs offered: LPN
Eastern Iowa Community College - Muscatine Community College
Location: Muscatine, IA
Programs offered: LPN
Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus
Location: Storm Lake, IA
Programs offered: LPN
Iowa Central Community College - Webster City Campus
Location: Webster City, IA
Programs offered: LPN
Iowa Valley Community College District - Ellsworth Community College
Location: Iowa Falls, IA
Programs offered: LPN
Iowa Valley Community College District - Marshalltown Community College
Location: Marshalltown, IA
Programs offered: LPN ADN LPN to ADN
Iowa Western Community College - Shelby County Center
Location: Shenandoah, IA
Programs offered: LPN

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