Nursing ADN

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Nursing ADN

Hands-On Learning to Create Great Registered Nurses

Use your passion for helping and earn a great living in an in-demand career field! Your future as a registered nurse (RN) starts here at Kirkwood with our multi-tiered nursing programs to provide options. 

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program functions as a piece of the nursing ladder program in which the first two semesters of the program lead to a Practical Nursing (PN) diploma. With additional semesters, you'll earn your ADN.

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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 

ADN 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 ADN program map to help you visualize your path forward.

Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, with 35 specifically 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. 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021


Credits: 37 37
Tuition: $6,882 $6,882
Fees: $2,482.24 $2,482.24
Books: $1,650 $1,650


Year One

Credits: 13 12 25
Tuition: $2,418 $2,232 $4,650
Fees: $886.30 $1,047.39 $1,933.69
Books: $1,366.20 $448.25 $1,814.45


Year Two

Credits: 12 12 24
Tuition: $2,232 $2,232 $4,464
Fees: $657.89 $1,035.14 $1,693.03
Books: $863.78 $595.92 $1,459.70




Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
Included fees: Included fees: Technology Fee, Lab Course Fee, Third Party Credentials (State LPN and RN Boards), Class Related Supplies, and Ancillary Expenses (ATI Fee, Clinic Background Check, ExamSoft Testing Fee, ExamSoft - Pandemic Fee, Health Screenings (Immunizations/health physical costs are estimated, some costs may be covered by student's insurance provider), Lab Kits, Laptop, Net Learning Fee, Nurse Aide Training, Nursing Central, Simulation Fee, and Uniforms (Uniforms, Wrist Watch with Second Hand, Nursing Shoes, Name Badge, Scrubs, Nursing Patch, Nursing Pin)
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
Updated: 1/27/2021

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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Working with an advisor is an easy way to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success. Schedule an appointment today and get the answers you’re looking for. 

Tonya Saddoris
Tonya Saddoris, M.Ed.
Title: Nursing Advisor/Pathway Navigator
Phone: 319-398-4513
Office: 2168 Linn Hall
Education: M.Ed.; Upper Iowa University

Advisors are assigned by student last name. If your last name begins with A through V, please make an appointment with Tonya online.

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Lauri Hughes
Lauri Hughes, MBA
Title: Department Coordinator
Phone: 319-398-5613
Office: 2172D Linn Hall
Education: A.A.S.; Kirkwood Community College
B.S.; Mount Mercy University
MBA; University of Iowa

Advisors are assigned by student last name. If your last name begins with W through Z, make an appointment with Lauri online.

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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.

With your ADN from Kirkwood, you can easily transfer to an RN-BSN program at a four-year school. Some institutions our graduates have attended after finishing their ADN studies include:

Further education in MSN or DNP programs can open up unlimited 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