Associate Degree Nursing - The Associate Degree (ADN) program is five semesters in length with graduates gaining eligibility to take the exam that leads to a license as a Registered Nurse (RN). The first two semesters of the Practical Nursing PN and ADN programs are identical and provide a core of knowledge and skills common to both Practical and Registered Nurse roles. Students are granted a diploma in Practical Nursing after the first two semesters and may take the exam that leads to a License as a Practical Nurse (LPN). Nursing students have the option of exiting the program at that time or continuing if the requirements are met. The nursing program begins each semester; fall, spring and summer. An additional section of Evening/Weekend Nursing is also available each Fall.

The ADN program participates in a statewide articulation program that facilitates the transfer of ADN graduates to four-year colleges and universities in Iowa for a BSN.

Nursing Transfer - There are two entry-points into the Kirkwood Community College Nursing program; at the beginning of the program or at the beginning of the 2nd year. Students with less than a practical nurse degree need to apply to enter the nursing program. Students who are graduates of a Practical Nursing program may apply to enter the second year.