Associate Degree Student Responsibilities


1. Student must meet the minimum admissions requirements before they will be considered for admission into the nursing program.

2. The following courses must be completed prior to a student starting the nursing program ("PNN" courses):

BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab
HSC-172 Nurse Aide or equivalent Nurse Aide Course (may be completed for credit or non-credit)

3. Students who would like to be considered for the nursing program must complete the nursing application packet (click to download) and submit it to the health science office by the deadline.


Students must earn a grade of a “C” or better for all required courses in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) curriculum plan in order to progress in and graduate from the ADN program.

*All Science courses are preferred to be completed (BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-151, BIO-186) must be within the past 5 years.

Student with an LPN, are preferred to have all Science courses (BIO-168, BIO-173, BIO-151, BIO-186) completed within the past 7 years.

Student Responsibilities

A medical health form and certification in basic cardiac life support must be completed prior to attending clinical. Transportation to the clinical site is the student’s responsibility. Uniforms are purchased by the students and worn to clinical. Upon completion of the program graduates are qualified to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). Any student with a felony conviction must notify the Iowa Board of Nursing after they have completed requirements for licensure including completion of a course of study and filing an application. All nursing students must complete a Criminal Record/Child and Adult Abuse Check prior to attending clinical.

Recommended Admission Criteria

It is recommended that the following high school courses be taken prior to entrance into the program:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Algebra
  • English

Required Admission Criteria

  • Minimum of a high school diploma (GPA of 2.5) or equivalent (GED of 550)
  • ACT score of 18 or above in English, Reading, and 20 or above in Math; COMPASS scores (Writing 65, Reading 80, Pre-Algebra 64, Algebra 51), ALEKS 30, or ASSET scores (Writing 40, Reading 40, Numeric 46).
  • If previous college transcripts have been taken, the GPA is at least 2.0.
  • Prior to starting the first nursing (PNN) course, students must complete a nurse aide class, be state certified as a CNA and complete BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I with lab.
  • Non-native speakers of English will need to submit results of the TOEFL examination (scores need to be within the last three years to be accepted). TOEFL scores of 17 of above in each section - Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing.

Enrollment Date

  • Webster City and Storm Lake - Fall
  • Fort Dodge - Fall and Spring


The ADN program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.