Nursing Program (LPN)

Nursing Program (LPN)

Get to Work as a Nurse, Faster

Use your passion for caring to realize your dream of becoming a nurse who makes a difference – at Kirkwood we can help you get there sooner than you might think!

In just one year, you can learn how to combine your compassion as a helper and healer with the latest in healthcare science and technology to make a life-changing difference for patients in need.

With nursing projected as one of the fastest growing career fields in the next 10 years, our one-year Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program can help you start a bright future. 

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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.

You'll get hands-on experience in the classroom, an incredible model hospital environment in the Katz Family Healthcare Simulation Lab, as well as real-world experience at local health centers. 

Prepare for in-demand nursing careers in and out of the clinic, including:

  • Pediatrics
  • OR and critical care
  • Labor and delivery
  • Home care
  • Nursing home
  • Community health

Once you complete your LPN, you can choose to transfer to our ADN Nursing program.

From there, you can easily transfer to earn your RN-BSN at a local four-year college. Kirkwood students can transfer to local programs, among many others.

  • University of Iowa
  • Allen College
  • Mount Mercy University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • University of Dubuque

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Our Nursing PN and ADN programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and the North Central — Higher Learning Commission.  

The Associate Degree in Nursing program holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037 202-909-2526.

Congratulations to our nursing graduates! These tools can help you take the next step in your new career: 


In addition to Nursing, Kirkwood offers a wide range of health-related programs. Expert advisors can help you make the right decision for your future career.

Health-related career paths available at Kirkwood include:

Questions? Contact Us

If you're interested in learning more about nursing programs at Kirkwood or have specific questions, take a look at our Nursing FAQs. You can also reach out to the Department: 

Department of Nursing
172 Linn Hall
319-398-5563
nursing@kirkwood.edu