Practical Nursing Program
Additional Admission Requirements
Students interested in pursuing admission into the Practical Nursing program at Iowa Western Community College must complete all admission requirements listed below in sections 1 and 2. In order to be eligible for admission, students must complete the requirements by the acceptance deadline. If the program does not fill on this date, students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has filled.
The Nursing programs are approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, RiverPoint Business Park, 400 SW 8th Street, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50309-4685, (515) 281-3255.
Equal Educational Opportunity and Non-discrimination
It is the policy of Iowa Western Community College to provide equal educational opportunities and not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, AIDS/HIV status, citizenship, or medical condition, as those terms are defined under applicable laws, in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. Inquiries and complaints regarding equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Coordinators, phone number 712-325-3200, firstname.lastname@example.org; or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone number 312-730-1560, fax 312-730-1576.
|Location||Semester program begins||Acceptance deadline||Program Capacity|
|Council Bluffs||Fall (August)||January 31||78|
|Council Bluffs||Spring (January)||September 1||78|
|Shelby County Center||Fall (August)||January 31||24|
|Clarinda Center||Fall (August)||January 31||32|
|It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all admissions requirements are on file with the Admissions Office and that his or her admissions application is correct, including intended start term, start year, and location.|
Section 1: Complete College Admissions Requirements
- Complete an Iowa Western application for admission: The application is online at www.iwcc.edu and there is no application fee. When completing the application for admissions, applicants should select which location (Council Bluffs, Shelby County Center, or Clarinda Center) and which start term (Fall or Spring - see chart above) they wish to begin the program.
- Request Transcripts: You need to have a final, official high school transcript or HiSET/GED transcript sent to Iowa Western. If you have completed college course work, you will need to have an official college transcript sent to Iowa Western from the institution where the credit was earned. If you have completed more than 30 semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university, the high school transcript requirement may be waived.
- Test scores are not required for admission to the College. However, students who have taken a standardized college aptitude test, like the ACT, need to have their most recent scores sent to the Admissions Office. Test scores, in addition to previous coursework and non-cognitive assessment results, are utilized by advisors to help determine placement into appropriate Math and English courses.
Once you complete the application for admission, you will be accepted to Iowa Western as a Prep-Practical Nursing student and will be eligible to register for general education courses required for the Practical Nursing Program. For more information on getting registered for general education courses or for help with the admissions requirements, please contact us at email@example.com or call 712.325.3277.
Section 2: Complete Practical Nursing Program Admissions Requirements
1. Submit a copy of a current valid CNA. Iowa Western offers a a credit CNA course, HSC-172 Nurse Aide, as well as non-credit CNA course offerings through the Office of Continuing Education. For more information on the credit and non-credit CNA offerings, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 712.325.3277.NOTE: The CNA must remain active during the two semesters of the Practical Nursing program.
2. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or higher:
- PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
- ENG-105 Composition I
3. Complete the following prerequisite courses with a grade of “B” or higher:
- BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I (This course has a prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Human Biology at the college level, or one year of high school Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or higher earned within the last two years. )
- BIO-173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (This course has a prerequisite: A grade of “C” or higher in Anatomy and Physiology I)
4. Successfully pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Examination with a composite score of 58.7% or higher. Applicants who score lower than 58.7% will not be considered for admission to the program.
- Exam must be successfully completed within three years of the applicant’s intended start term.
- The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Examination can be completed in the Iowa Western Test Center located in the Welcome Center in Clark Hall, or at any of the Iowa Western center locations. To schedule the examination on the Council Bluffs campus, call 712-325-3277 or email email@example.com. To schedule an examination at one of the center locations, call the center directly.
- The testing fee for the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Examination is $65.00. The fee must be paid to Iowa Western prior to the examination; all locations can accept payment.
- If the TEAS was completed at a testing center other than Iowa Western, scores should be sent to the Iowa Western Office of Admissions.
- NOTE: The TEAS Examination is limited to a total of 3 attempts. Students who have three failed attempts on the TEAS must wait one year to retest and reapply to the program.
- Additional information about creating an account, test prep materials, etc. for the TEAS can be located online - click here.
Section 3: Prerequisite recommended course sequence
Acceptance into the Practical Nursing program is based on the requirements listed in section 2. Students do have the ability to take additional general education courses ahead of time that will be required to graduate from the Associate Degree of Nursing program. The recommended course sequence below includes both acceptance requirements and additional general education courses.
Note that some courses may be waived, depending on the education you have previous completed in high school or another college.
|BIO 157 Human Biology (may be waived - see advisor)||4|
|ENG 105 Composition I||3|
|PSY 121 Developmental Psychology||3|
|HSC 172: Nurse Aide (also offered as non-credit)||3|
|BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I||4|
|MGT 195 Workplace Empowerment||3|
|SPC 112 Public Speaking||3|
|PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology||3|
|BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II||4|
|SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology||3|
|BIO 151 Nutrition||3|
It is important to remember that taking general education courses may impact your full-time status when accepted into the Practical Nursing program.
Section 4: Acceptance process for Practical Nursing Program
Once you complete Section 1: College Admissions Requirements and Section 2: Practical Nursing Admissions Requirements your application for the Practical Nursing Program is complete.
After the priority deadline, points will be totaled for all completed application files. The Practical Nursing Program Application Scoring Criteria will be used to assign points. The Office of Admissions totals points for all applicants for all three locations. Students with the highest point totals will be accepted. Students are notified of the acceptance status within two weeks of the deadline via email.
Once acceptance begins, students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program is full. If there are more eligible students than space available, students with the highest point totals will be accepted. If a tie breaker is required, preference will be given to the students with the highest number of prerequisite courses completed at Iowa Western. If a second tie breaker is needed, preference will be given to the students with the earliest application file completion date.
Once the program is full, students will be placed on an alternate list. If the program is full and an accepted student declines acceptance into the Practical Nursing Program, students on the alternate list will be offered a spot in the program.
Acceptance will end on August 1 for the Fall semester start and the last day of the fall semester for the Spring semester start.
Practical Nursing Application Scoring Criteria
|Points will be awarded based on the following criteria. To be calculated in the point total, all documentation must be on file with the Office of Admissions on or before the priority deadline.||Possible Points|
1. Grade Point Average for anatomy and physiology
Points will be awarded based on the grade point average the student earns in BIO 168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I and BIO 173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II:
2. Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) Examination
Points will be awarded based on the composite score received on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination.
Section 4: Frequently Asked Questions
Why does the Practical Nursing Program have additional admissions requirements?
The Practical Nursing Program is a rigorous academic program which requires students to be academically prepared for success in the first semester, including a strong background in human biology, anatomy, and physiology. The Nursing Department carefully designed the admissions requirements to ensure that students who are accepted to the program have the fundamental knowledge needed to be successful in the first semester of the program.
How long does it take to get into the Practical Nursing Program?
Iowa Western does not utilize a waiting list, so the amount of time it takes to get into the program varies by student depending on how long it takes to complete the College Admissions Requirements and the Practical Nursing Program Admissions Requirements listed above. The prerequisite courses typically take two to three semesters to complete for students who enter the college without any college credits.
Is there a separate application process to apply for the program?
No, Iowa Western does not have a separate application process. The Office of Admissions uses what is called your "Start Term" (example: fall 2019) for acceptance in our competitive programs. It is important that the start term on file correctly reflects the semester you anticipate to start the program. Students can request to have their start term updated by submitting the Update Start Term Form.
If I do not complete the requirements for the program in time to be accepted, can I reapply?
How will I know if I get accepted to the Practical Nursing Program?
Approximately two weeks after acceptance begins, which is January 31 for the Fall semester and September 1 for the Spring semester, you will receive a letter from the Office of Admissions indicating your admissions status. If the program is not yet full at that time, we will continue accepting students who complete the requirements until the program fills.
What do I need to do once I get accepted to the Practical Nursing Program?
Students accepted to the Practical Nursing Program will have to complete a few additional steps in order to be ready to begin the nursing program, which include registering for classes, attending a nursing orientation event, and completing criminal background check and physical paperwork. All of these steps will be included in your letter of acceptance or in additional communication from the Nursing Department.