Link to Kirkwood Community College

Associate of Applied Science degree

Entry time: Fall, Spring, Summer

Click here to see the Evening & Weekend Plan of Study

This program has significant changes to the plan of study beginning fall 2015. Students accepted for fall 2015 or later may contact the Nursing office at 319-398-5563 to have general questions answered.  The new plan of study will be online by July 15, 2015.



  - - - - - - -   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.