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Nursing, LPN/RN
2-year AAS degree

The first two semesters of the Practical Nursing (PN) and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs are identical and provide a core of knowledge and skills that are common to both nursing roles. Kirkwood nursing classes cover medical, surgical, geriatric, maternal-child, mental health and home health nursing over the five-semester program. Patient care skills are learned in a supervised lab setting. Clinical experience begins in the first semester. Students receive clinical experience in all of the major areas of nursing and complete their clinics in area hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, mental health facilities, home health agencies and a variety of specialty clinics.

Nursing, LPN/RN



All students are required to complete Certified Nurse Aid training and successfully pass the written and skills examination before beginning the technical and clinical portion of the program. Students may obtain training through Kirkwood’s Continuing Education Department. Students must be on the Iowa Direct Care Worker registry. More information.


The Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and the North Central — Higher Learning Commission.

Iowa Board of Nursing
River Point Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street? Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685?
(515) 281-3255
Higher Learning Commission—North Central
200 S. LaSalle Street?
Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604
(800) 621-7440

Application Due Dates | Transfer Information | Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
Nursing Student Handbook
 | Program Student Learning Outcomes | Clubs & Organizations

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Department of Nursing | 2172 Linn Hall | 319-398-5563 |