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A registered nurse (RN), regardless of work setting or specialty, provides health care to patients who are ill or injured. RNs can be found in a variety of work settings. Registered nurses who work in hospitals tend to work nights, weekends and holidays as patients require 24-hour care, while RNs who work in offices, schools or for the government usually work regular business hours.

Registered Nursing Schools in Iowa

To become a registered nurse, there are three typical educational paths--a bachelor's degree (BSN), an associate degree (ADN) or a diploma. If you already have a bachelor's degree in another field, you can enroll in an accelerated BSN program to become a registered nurse. All registered nursing programs provide classroom instruction and hands-on clinical experience. As a nursing student, you'll take courses in anatomy, chemistry, psychology, mental health and health management. There are many registered nursing schools in Iowa, both online and campus-based, that can help you earn an ADN or BSN, but there are fewer options when it comes to diploma programs. Registered nursing students must graduate from an approved nursing program as well as pass a national licensing exam called the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Other requirements vary by state. RN schools in Iowa can give you the tools you need to become a successful registered nurse.

Registered Nursing Salaries in Iowa

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), RN employment is expected to increase by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018. With more than two million jobs in 2008, registered nurses were the largest healthcare occupation. There are over 30,000 RNs in Iowa. BLS states that in May 2009, Iowa RNs made an annual median salary of $50,220. In Iowa, registered nurses earned the highest median salary in Ames, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids.

To locate an Iowa RN school near you, check out the list below.

Fast Facts for Registered Nurses in Iowa

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Dubuque, Waterloo and Sioux City
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Des Moines, Davenport and Cedar Rapids
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Des Moines, Davenport and Cedar Rapids

Salaries for Registered Nurses in Iowa

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Ames, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids

These schools offer particularly quick info upon request, and we have written detailed profiles for each (click school names to see the profiles). Request info from multiple schools, by clicking the Request Info links.
 
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Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Waterloo
Masters
462
Sioux City
Masters
1,138
Dubuque
Doctorate
1,230
Cedar Rapids
Masters
1,316
Ankeny
Associate
18,320
Sioux Center
Masters
1,301
Des Moines
Masters
5,617
Davenport
Associate
7,329
Iowa Falls
Associate
916
Des Moines
Bachelor
1,748
Waterloo
Associate
5,725
Ottumwa
Associate
4,174
Fort Dodge
Associate
5,731
Estherville
Associate
3,013
Mount Pleasant
Bachelor
834
Council Bluffs
Associate
5,300
Cedar Rapids
Associate
15,091
Decorah
Bachelor
2,476
Marshalltown
Associate
1,701
Des Moines
Bachelor
680
Sioux City
Masters
1,798
Cedar Rapids
Masters
1,506
Mason City
Associate
3,272
Calmar
Associate
4,810
Sheldon
Associate
1,288
Davenport
Doctorate
3,870
West Burlington
Associate
3,351
Creston
Associate
1,463
Sioux City
Associate
145
Dubuque
Doctorate & First Professional
1,560
Iowa City
Doctorate & First Professional
29,117
Fayette
Masters
5,143
Sioux City
Associate
5,191

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