There’s never been a better time to enroll in our state-approved nursing program at Indian Hills Community College. Nursing is a respected profession with many high-paying and exciting job opportunites. A nursing degree gives you that special opportunity to help others while advancing your career. Nurses are on the front line of healthcare for a reason: Your knowledge, skill and expertise save lives, while your compassion and a comforting smile can be truly Life. Changing.
Here’s a quick overview of our state-approved nursing programs.
|Campus||Ottumwa Campus (Main)|
|Entry Term||Associate Degree Nursing (RN): Fall Term
Practical Nursing (LPN): Fall Term
|Length of Program||Associate Degree Nursing (RN): 7 Terms (21 Months)
Practical Nursing (LPN): 4 Terms (12 Months)
|Diploma/Degree||RN: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Skill-building for Your Nursing Degree
Nursing professionals are in high demand. That means more opportunities for you to land a high-paying job and become an asset to your community. You bring the passion, compassion and drive to succeed. We’ll provide the knowledge, skills and training you need in our state-approved nursing programs.
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Which Nursing Degree Path Will You Choose?
At Indian Hills Community College, our state-approved nursing program is considered a “ladder program.” The curriculum of the Practical Nursing (LPN) program is considered (Level I) of the Nursing Program. This makes it easy for students who have completed the Practical Nursing Program to continue seamlessly into the Associate Degree Nursing Program (RN).
The Practical Nursing Program is a 4-term program that will prepare you with life-saving knowledge, technical skills, and hands-on experience you need to pass the National Council Licensure Exam-PN (NCLEX-PN) to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Once you finish the 4-term Practical Nursing Program at Indian Hills, you can seamlessly transition into the 2nd level Associate Degree Nursing Program to complete your Registered Nurse (RN) training and in only three more terms graduate with your Associate Degree in Nursing; or you can stop after the 4-term LPN year and practice as an LPN in a variety of settings.
All students are required to complete a 75-hour CNA course and successfully pass the written and skills examination for the State of Iowa. Students will need to submit their Iowa Direct Care Registry CNA card as a part of the admissions process. Students will be allowed to repeat core course nursing courses one time in any/all nursing programs of study. Students will be allowed to re-enter the nursing program one time at any level (Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing levels).
Associate of Applied Science
Our new concept-based nursing curriculum allows students to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) Program in a total of 7 terms or 21 months. After completion of the Practical Nursing Program (Level 1), you may decide to attend three more terms to graduate with your Associate Degree in Nursing and become a Registered Nurse (RN) after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). This degree will allow you the opportunity to go further in your career and open doors to many new opportunities to practice as a professional nurse in a variety of health care settings.
All students are required to complete CNA training and successfully pass the written and skills examination for the State of Iowa. Students will need to submit their Iowa Direct Care Registry CNA card as a part of the admissions process. Students will be allowed to repeat core course nursing courses one time in any/all nursing programs of study. Students will be allowed to re-enter the nursing program one time at any level (Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing levels).
Program Outcomes RN
|Students that Took the Test||71||47||38||28||26|
|Percent that Passed||72%||83%||89.47%||96.43%||95%|
Program Outcomes LPN
|Students that Took the Test||42||39||28||32||28|
|Percent that Passed||95%||97%||100%||100%||95%|
Nursing Simulation Lab
Our simulation lab is one to be admired! In our state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab you will gain the confidence, skills, and abilities needed to go into the clinical settings and practice your nursing skills. The Nursing Programs at Indian HIlls Community College utilize our simulation lab for up to 50% of our clinical hours.
Transfer your AA Degree
The University of Iowa-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Indian Hills Community College is happy to announce an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa School of Nursing which is called “RN to BSN 3 + 1”. This agreement provides a wonderful opportunity for qualifying IHCC nursing students to seamlessly transfer IHCC credits to the University of Iowa, where they can complete their complete their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) in approximately one year following graduation from IHCC. These BSN courses can be completed entirely online while students are working in the field of nursing. Students can also complete many of the required courses here at IHCC resulting in a significant decrease in cost. Please contact the nursing department for more information regarding this opportunity. That’s what we call Life. Changing.
Grand Canyon University
Indian Hills Community College has also recently signed an articulation agreement with Grand Canyon University School of Nursing (GCU). This agreement provides an opportunity for qualifying IHCC nursing students to transfer IHCC credits to GCU to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). Students complete remaining BSN courses, many of which are 5-8 weeks long, entirely online. Many of the GCU courses can even be taken while on breaks during your time in our nursing program here at IHCC, which means you can complete your BSN in record time! Students can also complete many of the required GCU core nursing courses while enrolled here at IHCC resulting in a significant decrease in cost. Please contact the nursing department for more information regarding this opportunity. Now that's Life. Changing.
William Penn University
Your AA Degree is proudly accepted by William Penn University, so you can transfer smoothly into its nursing program to complete your BSN.
So, are you ready to take your education to the next level? Check out additional details about the nursing degree programs below to see how our programs at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life. Changing. career as a nurse in a hospital, health care clinic, long-term care facility, or many other health care settings in our area and across the country!
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Contact Us about Our Nursing Program
If you would like more information about our 4-term Practical Nursing (LPN) Program or our 7-term Associate Degree in Nursing (RN) Program, please don't hesitate to contact Dixie Holden.
Dr. Dixie Holden, Department Chair of Nursing and Simulation
Indian Hills Community College
525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501
(641) 683-5162 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5162