Associate Degree Nursing

Develop the skills needed to excel as a nurse in both clinic and hospital settings while earning an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). After completing the program, you’ll become eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Licensed nurses have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, from hospitals and rehabilitation centers to schools and community health centers.

Program Acceptance Requirements
In order to qualify for the Iowa Lakes Nursing Associate Degree program, applicants need to complete one of the following options:

Option #1

  1. Attain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in the following college science courses. In order for courses to be considered the student must have a grade C or higher.
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (BIO-168), 4 credits
    • College Chemistry and Lab (CHM-151), 4 credits
    • Introductory Biology and Lab (BIO-105) or Microbiology and Lab (BIO-186), 4 credits
  2. ACT results:
    • Composite score of 20*
    • The composite score will be based on English, reading, mathematics, and science scores. The additional “Writing Test” is not required.

Option #2

  1. Attain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the following college level science courses. In order for courses to be considered the student must have a grade C or higher.
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (BIO-168), 4 credits
    • College Chemistry and Lab (CHM-151), 4 credits
    • Introductory Biology and Lab (BIO-105) or Microbiology and Lab (BIO-186), 4 credits
  2. Students that do not attain a GPA of 3.0 will have other college science course grades evaluated for acceptance.
  3. ACT and Accuplacer results:
    • Composite score of 19 on ACT and Next Gen Accuplacer (college placement exam) equivalent results.*
    • The composite score will be based on ACT results of English, reading, mathematics, and science scores. The additional “Writing Test” is not required.

Option #3

  1. Attain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in 12 credits of college level science courses. In order for courses to be considered the student must have a grade C or higher.
  2. ACT results:
    • Composite score of 19*
    • The composite score will be based on 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.
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This program prepares the student for licensure in Iowa. Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets all other state’s educational requirements for licensure or certification. If you wish to work outside the state of Iowa please contact the state agency in which you hope to work for details about licensure or certification.

Faculty Contact

Tammy Shimon
Director of Nursing Education
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Program Details

PROGRAM LENGTH: 5 terms

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science (85 credits)

CAMPUS: Emmetsburg

Clinical Assignments & Preceptorship

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Starting Salary: $46,772 / Average Salary: $59,126

Projected Employment Growth: 1.4%

Accreditation: Iowa Board of Nursing & the Higher Learning Commission

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Curriculum

Term 1

Credits: 7

Nursing Concepts I is a class/lab/clinical course that introduces the role of the registered nurse considering history, trends and comportment through a caring perspective. The roles of the registered nurse will be discussed related to safety, legal implications, and collaborative practice throughout the client’s lifespan. The nursing process and health promotion will be introduced related to human needs and the physical assessment. The conceptual focus includes oxygenation, perfusion, elimination, tissue integrity, mobility, sensory alterations and pain. The student will practice and perform nursing skills in the lab and clinical settings while caring for simple client conditions.


Credits: 3

This course provides the student with the basic background of the nutrients which are essential in maintaining the physical and mental well-being of the human body.  An overview of the digestive processes and the relationship to each group of nutrients is presented.  Basic nutritional principles of food selection are studied with an emphasis on health promotion throughout the life cycle.  Students examine their personal eating habits and identify ways to promote a healthy nutritional status.


Credits: 4

An advanced study of anatomy and physiology. The relationship between body structure and function and homeostasis forms the basis for the course. Pathological processes that result in dys­function and disease are presented. Major topics include diges­tive, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, immune, blood, metabolism, reproduction, urinary, fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance. Lecture and laboratory.


Credits: 1

Dosage Calculations emphasizes the basic math skills and dos­age calculations required of nurse professionals.

Grading: P/Q


Credits: 2

Health Informatics will provide an overview of basic computer skills as well as introduce the student to concepts related to information literacy and management. Utilization of informatics within the healthcare delivery systems including application of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) will be included.


Must be completed before starting program: BIO 105, Bio 168 and CHM 151

Term 2

Credits: 7

Nursing Concepts II is a class/clinical course that builds upon nursing concepts related to human needs with an emphasis on a safe and effective environment. The student will demonstrate caring behaviors while learning about physiologic adaptations related to perioperative, comfort, pain, infection, fluid and electrolyte, acid/base, metabolism, oxygenation, perfusion, elimination, digestion, and mobility as related to the Medical-Surgical client throughout the lifespan. The nursing process will be utilized throughout the course while applying principles of teaching and learning.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester ADN courses (C or better)


Credits: 4

Pharmacology Applications is a class/lab designed to provide the learner knowledge of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics and pharmcotherapeutics as it relates to the client lifespan. Major drug classifications will be discussed in relation to physiologic systems, with emphasis on application of these agents. Medication administration including oral, parenteral, enteral, and intravenous therapy will be discussed and applied.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of first semester ADN courses (C or better)


Credits: 3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior; a brief history of psychology as a science, and topics fundamental to human behavior including developmental issues, sensory abilities, cogni­tive performance, social and emotional factors in behavior, and abnormal behavior and therapies.


Credits: 3

Studies human development from conception through the lifes­pan. Physical, emotional, social, cognitive and moral aspects are studied in the classroom, by lecture, file/video, projects, and observation and by reading the literature.


Choose either PSY 111 or PSY 121

Term 3

Credits: 3

Emphasis on expository and argumentative writings including a review of usage and mechanics.

Prerequisites: Satisfactory score on the ACT, Accuplacer, ASSET,COMPASS as determined by Iowa Lakes policy


Credits: 7

Nursing Concepts III is a class/clinical course that enhances the concepts of critical thinking, complex nursing interventions, and nursing skills using caring behaviors throughout the client’s lifespan. The student will relate concepts of physiologic human needs including: oxygenation, perfusion, developmental and pediatric alterations, intracranial regulation, immunity and inflammation, fluid and electrolytes, cellular regulation, and sensory perception. The role of the registered nurse will be discussed related to maintaining a safe and effective environment through health promotion strategies in case management, utilization review, and quality improvement.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of second semester ADN courses (C or better)


Credits: 4

Behavioral Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces foundational nursing practice for the client with human needs of behavioral health and/or mental illness. The student will display caring behaviors while using critical thinking, evidence based practice, and the nursing process to promote a safe and effective environment for clients with behavioral health issues. The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing through communication, health promotion, and maintenance strategies as the student cares for behavioral health clients in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of second semester ADN courses (C or better)


Credits: 4

Maternal Newborn Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces nursing skills necessary while caring for clients with reproductive and family planning health promotion and maintenance needs. The student will provide a safe and effective environment, use the nursing process, demonstrate critical thinking, evidence based practice, and communication while providing care for the human needs of maternal newborn clients. The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing as the student cares for maternal newborn clients in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of second semester ADN courses (C or better)


Choose either ADN 413 or ADN 414

Term 4

Credits: 4

General microbiology designed for the science major and nurs­ing students. Emphasis on morphology, physiology, microbial genetics, immunology, pathology, epidemiology, and laboratory techniques. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: BIO 105 – Introductory Biology, BIO 112 – General Biology I, BIO 163 – Essentials of Anatomy & Physiology, BIO 168 – Human Anatomy & Physiology I,  AGV 118 – Animal Anatomy & Physiology I or higher.


Credits: 3

Continuation of ENG 105 with emphasis on research and docu­mentation as well as literary analysis.

Prerequisites: ENG 105 – Composition I


Credits: 3

The fundamentals course develops the basic skills involved in a variety of communication situations, including oral presentations and interpersonal speaking.  Emphasis is placed on organization, audience analysis, vocal and physical delivery, listening, nonverbal communication, critical thinking, and methods of dealing with communication apprehension through class discussion and activities.


Credits: 3

Studies human development from conception through the lifes­pan. Physical, emotional, social, cognitive and moral aspects are studied in the classroom, by lecture, file/video, projects, and observation and by reading the literature.


Credits: 3

An introduction to the scientific study of behavior; a brief history of psychology as a science, and topics fundamental to human behavior including developmental issues, sensory abilities, cogni­tive performance, social and emotional factors in behavior, and abnormal behavior and therapies.


Choose either PSY 121 or PSY 111

Term 5

Credits: 7

Nursing Concepts IV is a class/clinical or class/preceptorship course that prepares the student for entry level nursing practice by focusing on nursing judgment and assimilation into the profession. Emphasis is on the role of the nurse as the provider and manager of care with simple to complex client conditions throughout the lifespan using evidence based practice interventions while demonstrating positive communication. Management of simple to complex human needs including: oxygenation, perfusion, intracranial regulation, mobility, inflammation/infection/ immunity, tissue integrity, cellular regulation, and comfort/psychosocial. Through management of various clients, the student will explore contemporary nursing practice topics.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of third semester ADN courses (C or better)


Credits: 4

Maternal Newborn Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces nursing skills necessary while caring for clients with reproductive and family planning health promotion and maintenance needs. The student will provide a safe and effective environment, use the nursing process, demonstrate critical thinking, evidence based practice, and communication while providing care for the human needs of maternal newborn clients. The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care and member of the profession of nursing as the student cares for maternal newborn clients in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of second semester ADN courses (C or better)


Credits: 4

Behavioral Health Concepts is a classroom/clinical course that introduces foundational nursing practice for the client with human needs of behavioral health and/or mental illness. The student will display caring behaviors while using critical thinking, evidence based practice, and the nursing process to promote a safe and effective environment for clients with behavioral health issues. The student will explore the nurse’s role as provider of care, manager of care, and member of the profession of nursing through communication, health promotion, and maintenance strategies as the student cares for behavioral health clients in the clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of second semester ADN courses (C or better)


Credits: 4

Topics include linear functions and inequalities; quadratics; conics; polynomials and rational functions; exponential and logarithmic functions; linear systems; matrices and determinants .Additional topics may include sequences, series, permutations, combinations and probability.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score


Credits: 3

This course provides a foundation of statistical concepts and procedures that can aid the student as both a consumer and pro­ducer of statistical information. The course emphasizes descrip­tive and inferential statistical methods, probability, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression. Students are introduced to technology as it applies to introductory statistical methods.

Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score


Credits: 4

This course provides a foundation of statistical concepts and pro­cedures that can aid the student as both a consumer and produc­er of statistical information. The course emphasizes descriptive and inferential statistical methods, probability, estimation, hypoth­esis testing and linear regression. Students are also introduced to software as it applies to introductory statistical methods.

Prerequisites
appropriate placement score


Choose either ADN 414 or ADN 413
Choose either MAT 121, MAT 156 or MAT 157

† indicates a course that fulfills the diversity requirement. This course may also fulfill another general AA requirement.

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Related Documents: 

U.S. Department of Education New Regulations

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented new regulations that professional nursing programs (LPN and RN) must adhere to – Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v). In compliance with this regulation, Iowa Lakes Community College PN & AD Nursing is providing the following information:

  1. Iowa Lakes Community College Practical Nursing and Associate of Science degree, nursing curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin.
  2. Iowa Lakes Community College Practical Nurse and Associate of Science degree, nursing curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  3. Iowa Lakes Community College has not made the determination if the Practical Nurse and Associate of Science degree, nursing curriculum meets the state educational requirements for the following states/jurisdictions: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Northern Mariana Island, Pennsylvania, and Virgin Islands.

NOTES:

  1. This information is only for initial licensure by exam requirements for the state listed.
  2. Students should contact the State Board of Nursing in which they wish to be licensed for specific licensing requirements.
  3. Students may meet with the Director of Nursing Education if they wish to be licensed in another state.

Disclaimer: This information has been gathered from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website and will be updated annually on July 1. Iowa Lakes Community College assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource. It is your responsibility to verify accuracy by visiting the NCSBN website at: opens in a new windowhttps://www.ncsbn.org/14730.htm