Link to Kirkwood Community College

Associate of Applied Science degree

Entry time: Fall, Spring, Summer

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  - - - - - - -   Certified Nurse Aide requirement +0
  BIO-168   Human Anatomy and Physiology I w/Lab** 4
  BIO-151   Nutrition**3
  HSC-191   Professional Roles I: Communication and Technoloy#2
  HSC-195   Professional Roles II: Professional Identity and Engagement#2
  BIO-173   Human Anatomy and Physiology II w/Lab**4


First Semester
  PNN-128   Foundations of Nursing I4.5
  PNN-190   Health Assessment Across the Lifespan2.5
  PNN-195   Foundations of Nursing Simulation Lab I1
  PNN-180   Pharmacology I1.5
  PNN-701   Foundations of Nursing Clinic I1.5
  PSY-111   Introduction to Psychology*3


Second Semester
  PNN-129   Foundations of Nursing II3.75
  PNN-702   Foundations of Nursing Clinic II1.5
  PNN-182   Pharmacology II1.5
  PNN-436   Nursing Care of the Growing Family3.25
  PSY-121   Developmental Psychology3
Completing these 42 credits above allows students to graduate with a
Practical Nursing diploma. Students are now eligible to take NCLEX-PN boards.
Students who wish to complete the Associate Degree Nursing need to take
the additional classes listed under semesters 3 to 5.


Third Semester
  ADN-500   Professional Roles III: Transitions2
  ADN-160   Nursing Care of Specific Populations3
  ADN-730   Nursing Care of Specific Populations Clinic2.25
  BIO-186   Microbiology *4
  ENG-105   Composition I*3

  ENG-120   College Writing*5
College Writing option results in 16.25 semester credits / 83.25 program credits


Fourth Semester
  ADN-170   Concepts of Nursing5.5
  ADN-740   Concepts of Nursing Clinic3
  SPC-101   Fundamentals of Oral Communication *3

  SPC-112   Public Speaking*3
  - - - - - - -   Humanities Elective *3


Fifth Semester
  ADN-180   Advanced Concepts of Nursing4
  ADN-750   Advanced Concepts of Nursing Clinic3.5
  SOC-110   Introduction to Sociology *3


Total Program Hours     81.25

NOTE: Minimum of B- required in all PNN and ADN technical courses.

+ Students beginning the Nursing technical and clinical portion of the program are required to complete CNA training as a prerequisite. Students may obtain CNA training through Kirkwood Continuing Education. Students must be on the Iowa Direct Care Worker registry. Go to for more information.

*Courses may be taken before beginning the Nursing technical and clinical portion of the program. These courses should be completed prior to or during the semester they are listed in.

** Completion of courses with a minimum of a C- or greater required prior to acceptance.

#Successful completion of the TEAS exam is required prior to registration. Completion of courses with a minimum of a B- or greater required prior to acceptance.