Nursing Schools in Iowa

The state of Iowa is home to 54 nursing schools. This year, we evaluated 29 schools and our ranking system identified the following nursing schools as the best value schools in Iowa. Nursingexplorer.com's ranking system is data-driven. We only use quantifiable data (such as NCLEX pass rate and average net price) to calculate the ranks. Learn more about our nursing schools ranking system here.

Best Value RN Programs in Iowa

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Complete List of Nursing Schools in Iowa

Listed below are all the nursing schools located in Iowa. Use the sort feature to view which schools have the best RN and LPN programs, which ones are the cheapest or to compare campus sizes. Click on each school's name for more detail info.


Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,875
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate97.4%
RN Programs best-value score95.6
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate100.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score70.4

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
Coe College

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,733
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate97.2%
RN Programs best-value score67.9

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
University of Iowa

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$14,845
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate95.6%
RN Programs best-value score83.7

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to MSN
  • BSN to DNP
  • PhD
  • BSN to PhD
North Iowa Area Community College

North Iowa Area Community College

Mason City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,538
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate95.4%
RN Programs best-value score98.7
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate95.3%
LPN/LVN best-value score90.7

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
Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,429
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate94.1%
RN Programs best-value score65.2

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • ADN
Allen College

Allen College

Waterloo, IA
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
Graceland University-Lamoni

Graceland University-Lamoni

Lamoni, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,302
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate93.9%
RN Programs best-value score75.1

Programs offered

  • BSN
University of Dubuque

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,822
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate93.9%
RN Programs best-value score64.2

Programs offered

  • BSN
Luther College

Luther College

Decorah, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$26,013
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate93.0%
RN Programs best-value score56.1

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • RN to BSN
Morningside College

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$22,147
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate90.1%
RN Programs best-value score64.4

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
St Luke's College

St Luke's College

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,290
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate89.4%
RN Programs best-value score68.8

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • BSN
Des Moines Area Community College

Des Moines Area Community College

Ankeny, IA
Campus sizeLarge
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,995
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate88.3%
RN Programs best-value score94.8
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate97.4%
LPN/LVN best-value score67.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Iowa Valley Community College District - Marshalltown Community College

Iowa Valley Community College District - Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Southwestern Community College

Southwestern Community College

Creston, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,284
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate87.4%
RN Programs best-value score99.2
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate95.2%
LPN/LVN best-value score94.8

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
Northwestern College

Northwestern College

Orange City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$23,335
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate85.7%
RN Programs best-value score59.4

Programs offered

  • BSN
Eastern Iowa Community College District

Eastern Iowa Community College District

Davenport, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,867
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate85.1%
RN Programs best-value score97.6
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate81.8%
LPN/LVN best-value score82.9

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
Northeast Iowa Community College

Northeast Iowa Community College

Calmar, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,794
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate84.7%
RN Programs best-value score97.8
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate97.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score86.8

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
Iowa Central Community College

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$9,976
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate84.7%
RN Programs best-value score94.6
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate96.1%
LPN/LVN best-value score67.5

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Southeastern Community College

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$7,966
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate84.7%
RN Programs best-value score100.0
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate95.6%
LPN/LVN best-value score100.0

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
Hawkeye Community College

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,727
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate81.6%
RN Programs best-value score92.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate88.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score51.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Clarke University

Clarke University

Dubuque, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$26,909
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate79.2%
RN Programs best-value score45.9

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • DNP
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Northwest Iowa Community College

Northwest Iowa Community College

Sheldon, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,278
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate77.4%
RN Programs best-value score93.2
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate95.2%
LPN/LVN best-value score62.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Grand View University

Grand View University

Des Moines, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,442
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate75.9%
RN Programs best-value score68.8

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
Mercy College of Health Sciences

Mercy College of Health Sciences

Des Moines, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,587
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate75.8%
RN Programs best-value score62.3

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
Western Iowa Tech Community College

Western Iowa Tech Community College

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,532
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate75.6%
RN Programs best-value score98.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate94.7%
LPN/LVN best-value score90.7

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
Saint Ambrose University

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$24,940
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate75.6%
RN Programs best-value score49.2

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • MSN
  • RN to BSN
Iowa Wesleyan University

Iowa Wesleyan University

Mount Pleasant, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,003
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate75.1%
RN Programs best-value score48.7

Programs offered

  • BSN
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus

Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus

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

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Briar Cliff University

Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$18,409
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate68.0%
RN Programs best-value score65.3

Programs offered

  • BSN
  • DNP
  • MSN
  • LPN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
Iowa Lakes Community College

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,113
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate65.2%
RN Programs best-value score92.6
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate78.8%
LPN/LVN best-value score57.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Iowa Western Community College

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, IA
Campus sizeMedium
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$10,416
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate64.9%
RN Programs best-value score91.5
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate92.0%
LPN/LVN best-value score58.7

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
  • LPN to ADN
Indian Hills Community College

Indian Hills Community College

Ottumwa, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$8,140
Avg. NCLEX RN Passrate56.4%
RN Programs best-value score99.3
Avg. NCLEX PN Passrate80.1%
LPN/LVN best-value score96.6

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
Iowa Valley Community College District - Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Valley Community College District - Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Northeast Iowa Community College - Peosta Campus

Northeast Iowa Community College - Peosta Campus

Peosta, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Dordt College

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$25,688

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
Ellsworth Community College

Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)$11,966

Programs offered

  • ADN
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus

Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus

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

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

Urbandale, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)$21,848

Programs offered

  • ADN
  • LPN
Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown Community College

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

Programs offered

  • ADN
Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University

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

Programs offered

  • RN to BSN
  • BSN
William Penn University

William Penn University

Oskaloosa, IA
Campus sizeSmall
College TypePrivate Not-for-profit
Cost per year (net price)$20,214

Programs offered

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

Des Moines Area Community College - Boone Campus

Boone, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
  • LPN to ADN
Eastern Iowa Community College District - Clinton Community College

Eastern Iowa Community College District - Clinton Community College

Cinton, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Indian Hills Community College - Centerville

Indian Hills Community College - Centerville

Centerville, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus

Iowa Lakes Community College - Emmetsburg Campus

Emmetsburg, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Iowa Western Community College - Clarinda

Iowa Western Community College - Clarinda

Clarinda, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
  • ADN
Kirkwood Community College - Iowa City Campus

Kirkwood Community College - Iowa City Campus

Iowa City, IA
Campus size
College TypePrivate For-profit
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN to ADN
Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus

Des Moines Area Community College - Carroll Campus

Carroll, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

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

Des Moines Area Community College - Newton Campus

Newton, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Des Moines Area Community College - Urban Campus

Des Moines Area Community College - Urban Campus

Des Moines, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Eastern Iowa Community College - Muscatine Community College

Eastern Iowa Community College - Muscatine Community College

Muscatine, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus

Iowa Central Community College - Storm Lake Campus

Storm Lake, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Iowa Central Community College - Webster City Campus

Iowa Central Community College - Webster City Campus

Webster City, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

Programs offered

  • LPN
Iowa Western Community College - Shelby County Center

Iowa Western Community College - Shelby County Center

Shenandoah, IA
Campus size
College TypePublic
Cost per year (net price)--

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