Nursing ADN

Nursing ADN

Hands-On Learning to Create Great Registered Nurses

Use your passion for helping and earn a great living in an in-demand career field! Your future as a registered nurse (RN) starts here at Kirkwood with our multi-tiered nursing programs to provide options. 

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program functions as a piece of the nursing ladder program in which the first two semesters of the program lead to a Practical Nursing (PN) diploma. With additional semesters, you'll earn your ADN.

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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.

Healthcare Salary Information: 
topregisterednurse.com | indeed.com | nursesalaryguide.net

Healthcare Labor Characteristics: 
Corridor Healthcare | Corridor Nursing | Cedar Rapids Healthcare | Cedar Rapids Nursing 

ADN classes give you a full range of clinical experience, covering medical, surgical, geriatric, maternal-child, pediatric, and mental health modalities.

You'll also get real-world patient care training with supervised laboratory, simulation, and real-life clinical experiences that begin in your first semester at Kirkwood. Take a look at the ADN program map to help you visualize your path forward. 

Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, with 35 specifically for students enrolled in nursing programs. Nursing students may also qualify for the tuition-free Last Dollar Scholarship and/or the Kibbie Grant.

Program Requirements

The Nursing program has additional requirements beyond Kirkwood’s steps to become a student. Please take a moment to review these additional program requirements.

 

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General Questions

For general questions about the Nursing department or its programs, we encourage students and parents to contact us using the resources listed below. 

Department of Nursing

                            2172 Linn Hall
                             319-398-5563
                     nursing@kirkwood.edu

 

 

To ensure your success in the Nursing Program at Kirkwood, please make sure to complete the following:

 

  1. Take Placement Exams PRIOR to Student Orientation.
  2. Register for and attend Student Orientation PRIOR to the start of classes.
  3. Register and attend a Program Conference DURING your first semester to better understand all program requirements.
  4. Obtain your Certified Nursing Assistant certificate to ensure that nursing is right for you and increase your readiness for Nursing Program admission.

 

Nursing students are required to purchase scrubs to wear for completing nursing labs, simulations, and clinical assignments. You will also need a laptop computer to use our electronic exam system.

Please take a look at some of the frequently asked questions we get about Nursing.

Within the scope of practice of the registered nurse, the Kirkwood nursing program graduates will: 

  • Provide compassionate patient-centered care to meet client physical, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs, within the context of the family and the community.
  • Collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team to ensure the provision of safe, quality, effective care through the use of communication and relationship–building skills.
  • Use systematic assessment, critical analysis, and application of best evidence and practices to implement evidence-based health promotion, prevention, and condition management to optimize patient, family, and population health.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of health care organization quality improvements.
  • Implement safe care practices for patients, families, communities, and members of the health care team.
  • Utilize electronic medical records, intranet and internet resources, and other informatics resources and tools to make informed clinical decisions.
  • Facilitate patient self-management of health through planned education coordinated across the continuum of care to promote health, prevent illness, and manage health care conditions in the context of the family and the community.
  • Perform all activities ethically and with integrity, always demonstrating a commitment to provide evidence-based, safe, quality, compassionate care for diverse patients, families, and communities.
  • Develop and use leadership skills to organize, motivate, and inspire health care team members to provide safe, quality, effective and efficient patient care.

Prepare for your new career with an intensive twelve to sixteen week, one-on-one preceptorship with an experienced staff nurse in one of eight local area hospitals. You'll get hands-on clinical experience to create an easier transition to practice, and these preceptorships often lead to full-time positions upon graduation!

Kirkwood ADN (RN) graduates are well prepared to successfully pass the NCLEX-RN. Over the past four years, more than 94 percent of our graduates have passed the exam. Current NCLEX-RN rates for all nursing programs in the state of Iowa are published on the Iowa Board of Nursing website.

 

If you are planning to work outside of the state of Iowa, please meet with the Dean of Nursing to make sure you are familiar with Nursing licensure requirements of that particular state. For more information, visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website.

With your ADN from Kirkwood, you can easily transfer to an RN-BSN program at a four-year school. Some institutions our graduates have attended after finishing their ADN studies include:


Further education in MSN or DNP programs can open up unlimited employment opportunities as a nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, nurse educator, or nurse manager. Additionally, many area employers provide funding for associate degree RNs graduating from community colleges to complete their RN-BSN degrees. 

  • Allen College
  • Briar Cliff University
  • Clarke University
  • Clarkson College
  • Grand View University
  • Iowa Wesleyan University
  • Mount Mercy University
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Upper Iowa University
  • University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • William Penn University


Questions?

Department of Nursing

2172 Linn Hall
319-398-5563

nursing@kirkwood.edu