Nursing Schools in Iowa

There are 54 nursing schools in Iowa. This year, we evaluated 29 schools NCLEX pass rates and net prices, and our ranking system identified the following schools as the best value schools.

The calculation we used here takes into account a school's NCLEX pass rate and the net price of attendance for a student who received the average amount of financial aid. The higher the NCLEX pass rate of the program, and the lower the cost, the better the return on investment.

Learn more about our nursing schools ranking methodology 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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Nursing Schools Best-Value Rankings


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Southeastern Community College
West Burlington, IA
Southeastern Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$7,966
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 95.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score 100.0
LPN Program Best-Value Score 100.0

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,140
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 56.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 80.1%
RN Program Best-Value Score 99.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 96.6

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,284
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 87.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 95.2%
RN Program Best-Value Score 99.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 94.8

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,538
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 95.3%
RN Program Best-Value Score 98.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score 90.7

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,532
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 94.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 98.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 90.7

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,794
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 97.7%
RN Program Best-Value Score 97.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score 86.8

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,867
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 81.8%
RN Program Best-Value Score 97.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 82.9

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
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,875
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 97.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 100.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 95.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 70.4

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
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,995
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 88.3%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 97.4%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score 67.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Iowa Central Community College
Fort Dodge, IA
Iowa Central Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$9,976
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 84.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 96.1%
RN Program Best-Value Score 94.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 67.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Northwest Iowa Community College
Sheldon, IA
Northwest Iowa Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$10,278
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 77.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 95.2%
RN Program Best-Value Score 93.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score 62.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Iowa Lakes Community College
Estherville, IA
Iowa Lakes Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$10,113
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 65.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 75.6%
RN Program Best-Value Score 92.6
LPN Program Best-Value Score 55.9

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Hawkeye Community College
Waterloo, IA
Hawkeye Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$10,727
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 81.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 88.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 92.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score 51.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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Iowa Western Community College
Council Bluffs, IA
Iowa Western Community College
Student PopulationMedium
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$10,416
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 64.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate 92.0%
RN Program Best-Value Score 91.5
LPN Program Best-Value Score 58.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
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University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa
Student PopulationLarge
College Type 4-year Public
Net price$14,845
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 95.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 83.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$18,302
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 75.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Grand View University
Des Moines, IA
Grand View University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$18,442
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 68.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$20,290
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 89.4%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 68.8
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
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Coe College
Cedar Rapids, IA
Coe College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$21,733
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 97.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 67.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Briar Cliff University
Sioux City, IA
Briar Cliff University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$18,409
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 68.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 65.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$22,429
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 94.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 65.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
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Morningside College
Sioux City, IA
Morningside College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$22,147
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 90.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 64.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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University of Dubuque
Dubuque, IA
University of Dubuque
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$22,822
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.9%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 64.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines, IA
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$20,587
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.8%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 62.3
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Northwestern College
Orange City, IA
Northwestern College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$23,335
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 85.7%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 59.4
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Luther College
Decorah, IA
Luther College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$26,013
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 93.0%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 56.1
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
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Saint Ambrose University
Davenport, IA
Saint Ambrose University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$24,940
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.6%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 49.2
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
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Iowa Wesleyan University
Mount Pleasant, IA
Iowa Wesleyan University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$25,003
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 75.1%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 48.7
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
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Clarke University
Dubuque, IA
Clarke University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$26,909
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate 79.2%
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score 45.9
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
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Allen College
Waterloo, IA
Allen College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$25,688
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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Ellsworth Community College
Iowa Falls, IA
Ellsworth Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$11,966
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
Cedar Falls, IA
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price--
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
Cedar Rapids, IA
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$17,081
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
Urbandale, IA
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$21,848
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
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Marshalltown Community College
Marshalltown, IA
Marshalltown Community College
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 2-year Public
Net price$8,889
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • ADN
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Upper Iowa University
Fayette, IA
Upper Iowa University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$23,525
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
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William Penn University
Oskaloosa, IA
William Penn University
Student PopulationSmall
College Type 4-year Private
Net price$20,214
Average NCLEX-RN Pass Rate N/A
Average NCLEX-PN Pass Rate N/A
RN Program Best-Value Score N/A
LPN Program Best-Value Score N/A

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