Nondiscrimination Admissions Criteria

Annual Notice of Nondiscrimination – Admissions Criteria

It is the policy of Iowa Lakes Community College not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental or marital status.

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Troy Larson, 300 S. 18th Street, Estherville, Iowa 51334, 712-362-7915, tlarson@iowalakes.edu or Trudy Ahrens, 19 South Seventh Street, Estherville, Iowa 51334, 712-362-0430, tahrens@iowalakes.edu or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 FAX: (312) 730-1576, TDD 800877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Iowa Lakes Community College offers programs in the following career and technical education subject areas:

Agriculture, Natural & Environmental Services
Engineering and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communications
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality
Information Technology
Manufacturing
Transportation & Logistics


The following programs at Iowa Lakes Community College have specific admissions criteria that must be met prior to entry into that program, and that criteria is listed below.

Aviation / Airport Management

Admission Requirements:

  1. Complete the formal Iowa Lakes Application for Admission.
  2. Personal interview with the instructor.
  3. Second-class aviation physical required.

Nursing - Practical (LPN)

Admission Requirements:

Preference will be given to those who apply by June 1st for the fall semester and February 1st for the summer semester. In order to qualify for the Iowa Lakes Practical Nursing Diploma program, applicants need to complete the following:

  1. Attain a high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or GED/HiSET mean score equivalent, or a college GPA of 2.0 from 7 credits of college-level science coursework attaining a grade of C or higher.
  2. Attain a grade of C or higher in Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (BIO 168), 4 credits.
  3. Pass a 75-Hour Certified Nursing Assistant (HSC 172) course and/or proof of CNA certificate. Documentation must be submitted to the Iowa Lakes Nursing program.
  4. ACT or Accuplacer Results:
    • ACT Composite score of 18. No superscores will be accepted. Accuplacer scores for LPN to ADN program: Reading - 250, Writing - 250, Math - 270
    • The composite score is based upon English, reading, mathematics and science scores. The additional "Writing Test" is not required.
    • Request that the ACT sends official results to the Iowa Lakes Admissions Office. Hand-delivered results will not be accepted.
    • Register for the ACT exam by visiting www.actstudent.org. Register for Accuplacer by contacting the Iowa Lakes Community College Success Center.

Nursing - Associate Degree (ADN)

Admission Requirements:

Preference will be given to those who apply by June 1st for the fall semester and February 1st for the summer semester. In order to qualify for the Iowa Lakes Nursing Associate Degree program, applicants need to complete one of the following options:

Option #1

Attain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following college-level science courses. In order for courses to be considered, the student must have a grade of C or higher.

  • Nutrition (BIO 151), 3 credits
  • Composition I (ENG 105), 3 credits
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 121), 3 credits
  • Medical Terminology (HSC 114), 3 credits

Submit ACT results:

  • Composite score of 19.* No superscores will be accepted.
  • The composite score will be based on English, reading, mathematics, and science scores. The additional "Writing Test" is not required.
  • ACT is not required for students who hold a degree from an accredited college or university.

Option #2 (LPN to ADN Option)

LPNs entering will receive 8 credits for Nursing Concepts I and Dosage Calculations. All other requests will be evaluated.
Accuplacer scores of 250 (Reading and Writing) and 270 (Math)
Attain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following college-level science courses. In order for courses to be considered, the student must have a grade of C or higher.

  • Nutrition (BIO 151), 3 credits
  • Composition I (ENG 105), 3 credits
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 121), 3 credits
  • Medical Terminology (HSC 114), 3 credits

Hold an unencumbered Practical Nursing license verified by Nursys for LPN to ADN Option students.
Meet all other ADN requirements with a syllabi review of the completed Practical Nursing program.
ACT is not required due to licensure.

*Request that the ACT sends official results to the Iowa Lakes Admissions Office. Hand-delivered results will not be accepted.
Register for the ACT exam by visiting www.actstudent.org

Surgical Technology

Admission Requirements:

  1. High school diploma or HSED
  2. Official high school and/or college transcripts
  3. Complete Iowa Lakes Community College Application for Admission
  4. Advising session with the program coordinator
  5. Complete an Accuplacer examination prior to starting the program
  6. Physical examination and FBI background check are required prior to starting the program
  7. Maintain a “C” average or better

Veterinary Technician

Program Acceptance Requirements:

  1. Complete an application for admission to Iowa Lakes Community College.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement: take a placement test and meet minimum score requirements for Reading, Writing, and Math. You may take the ACT or Accuplacer. Accuplacer
    ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills Score of 60 or higher
    ACCUPLACER Reading Score of 70 or higher
    ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Score of 60 or higher
    ACT English Score of 17 or higher
    ACT Reading Score of 16 or higher
    ACT Math Score of 19 or higher
  3. High School graduation from an accredited high school with grades of “C” or better, Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, HiSET of 45 or higher, or GED of 550 or higher
  4. College Grades (if the applicant has taken college courses from an accredited college)
    1. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  5. Submit all official transcripts (high school and college).
  6. Complete the pre-requisite courses with a grade of “C” or better.
    1. Introductory Biology or higher (or one-year high school biology)
    2. Introduction to General Chemistry or higher (or one-year high school chemistry)

Please note: A formal discrimination complaint process is published in the Student Handbook, Employee Handbook, and the Affirmative Action Plan of the College.