Is Nursing for You?

Nursing is an extremely rewarding profession. It’s a profession in which you will touch and impact lives every day.

Find out if nursing is for you by exploring the following resources:
After exploring these resources, you can further explore the profession by:
If you’d like more information regarding Nursing at Kirkwood, please register to attend a Kirkwood Nursing Program Conference.

Kirkwood LPN graduates are well prepared to successfully pass the NCLEX-PN licensing exams as evidenced by graduate pass rates greater than 98 percent for the past four years. Current NCLEX-PN rates for all nursing programs in the state of Iowa are published on the Iowa Board of Nursing website.

The number of candidates and percentage passing first-time candidates can be found on the NCLEX Quarterly Reports page.



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

Kirkwood's Associate Degree and Licensed Practical Nurse graduates are well prepared to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN licensing exams, and are valued employees of numerous area health care agencies. Current NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN pass rates for all nursing programs in the state of Iowa are published on the Iowa Board of Nursing website. 


There are plenty of on-campus resources available to help you succeed as a student.
See the complete list here.