Nursing LPN Transfer

Nursing LPN Transfer

Ready to Become an RN?

If you're currently an LPN, or earned your LPN at Kirkwood then took a break from college, you can still earn your Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and become an RN.

Our LPN transfer program allows you to finish up the last two or three semesters of the ADN curriculum to complete your degree. 

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Nursing is the largest health care profession in the United States. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics indicates that employment among registered nurses will grow by 16 percent through 2024. More than 400,000 registered nurse jobs will open up over the next seven years due to increased health care demands of an aging population and decreased supply caused by impending retirements and current nurses. Employment opportunities for licensed practical nurses are also projected to grow, with a projected increase of 16 percent by 2024.
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Healthcare Labor Characteristics: 
Corridor Healthcare | Corridor Nursing | Cedar Rapids Healthcare | Cedar Rapids Nursing 

LPN classes give you a full range of clinical experience, covering medical, surgical, geriatric, maternal-child, pediatric, and mental health modalities.

You'll also get real-world patient care training with supervised laboratory, simulation, and real-life clinical experiences that begin in your first semester at Kirkwood. Take a look at the LPN Transfer program map to help you visualize your path forward.

Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, and there are 35 for students enrolled in nursing programs. Nursing students may also qualify for the tuition-free Last Dollar Scholarship and/or the Kibbie Grant.

Program Costs

Nursing A.A.S. 

School Year: 2023–24

Program Entry Semester: Fall, Spring, Summer

Pre-Reqs Fall Spring Total
Credit Hours per Semester 37 12 12 61
In-State Tuition $7,770 $2,520 $2,520 $12,810
Technology Fee per Semester $50 $50 $50 $150
Clinical Expenses (mileage, lodging, screenings, etc.) $528 $35 $0 $563
Conferences/Seminars $996 $0 $0 $996
Course Resources (textbooks, software, etc.) $2,822.10 $682.80 $0 $3,504.90
Course/Section Fees $40 $60 $75 $175
Laptop (required devices) $600 $0 $0 $600
Testing Fees $120 $673 $400 $1,193
Third Party Credentials $0 $0 $375 $375
Tool Sets $0 $0 $0 $0
Uniforms $175.20 $0 $24 $199.20
Other $0 $0 $0 $0
Total Estimated Cost $13,101.30 $4,020.80 $3,444 $20,561.10


Costs provided are estimated and based on the following current tuition rates: $210 (In-State), $281 (Out-of-State), $400 (International).

To view all costs associated with attending college visit our Tuition and Costs page.

Program Requirements

To ensure your success in the Nursing Program at Kirkwood, please make sure to complete the following:

  1. Apply
  2. Take Placement Exams PRIOR to New Student Orientation.
  3. Register for and attend New Student Orientation PRIOR to the start of classes.
  4. Register and attend a Program Conference DURING your first semester to better understand all program requirements.
  5. Obtain your Certified Nursing Assistant certificate to ensure that nursing is right for you and increase your readiness for Nursing Program admission.

Nursing students are required to purchase scrubs to wear when completing nursing labs, simulations, and clinical assignments. You will also need a laptop computer for Nursing exam software. See requirements below.

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Lauri Hughes
Pre-Nursing Advisor PRIOR to Assigned Permanent Advisor

Walk-In Advising by Appointment

Linn Hall, Room 2172

If you are new to nursing, looking for more information about Kirkwood's Nursing program, or have not been assigned an advisor yet, self-schedule a meeting with Lauri by clicking the button below. 

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Nursing Diploma*

*State and federal aid may be used for the diploma on its own or as part of the degree program above.

Please take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we get about Nursing.

Within the scope of practice of the registered nurse, the Kirkwood nursing program graduates will: 

  • Patient-Centered Care: Provide compassionate patient-centered care to meet client physical, psychological, cultural, and spiritual needs within the context of the family and the community.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to ensure the provision of safe, quality, effective care through the use of communication and relationship–building skills.
  • Evidence-Based Practice: Use systematic assessment, critical analysis, and application of best evidence and practices to implement evidence-based health promotion, prevention, and condition management to optimize patient, family, and population health.
  • Quality Improvement: Participate in the development and implementation of health care organization quality improvements.
  •  Safety: Implement safe care practices for patients, families, communities, and members of the health care team.
  •  Informatics: Utilize electronic medical records, intranet and Internet resources, and other informatics resources and tools to make informed clinical decisions.
  • Patient Self-Management: Facilitate patient self-management of health through planned education coordinated across the continuum of care to promote health, prevent illness, and manage health care conditions in the context of the family and the community.
  • Professionalism: Perform all activities ethically and with integrity, always demonstrating a commitment to provide evidence-based, safe, quality, compassionate care for diverse patients, families, and communities.
  • Leadership: Develop and use leadership skills to organize, motivate, and inspire health care team members to provide safe, quality, effective, and efficient patient care.

Prepare for your new career with an intensive twelve to sixteen week, one-on-one preceptorship with an experienced staff nurse in one of eight local area hospitals. You'll get hands-on clinical experience to create an easier transition to practice, and these preceptorships often lead to full-time positions upon graduation!

Kirkwood ADN (RN) graduates are well prepared to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN. Over the past four years, more than 94 percent of our graduates have passed the exam. Current NCLEX-RN rates for all nursing programs in the state of Iowa are published on the Iowa Board of Nursing website.

If you are planning to work outside of the state of Iowa, please meet with the Dean of Nursing to make sure you are familiar with Nursing licensure requirements of that particular state. For more information, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

Once you earn your associates degree in nursing from Kirkwood, you can easily transfer to an RN-BSN program at a four-year school. 

Further education in MSN or DNP programs can open up a huge range of employment opportunities as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, or nurse manager.

Additionally, many area employers provide funding for associate degree RNs graduating from community colleges to complete their RN-BSN degrees. 

  • Allen College
  • Briar Cliff University
  • Clarke University
  • Clarkson College
  • Grand View University
  • Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Mount Mercy University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Upper Iowa University
  • University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • William Penn University

The Kirkwood Community College, Associate Degree in Nursing program is pursuing accreditation from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (NLN CNEA), located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20037; phone 202-909-2526. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments in writing directly to NLN CNEA, attention Lesleyan Jackson (, NLN CNEA Manager, Accreditation Services, no later than September 1, 2021.


Department of Nursing
2172 Linn Hall