Iowa Registered Nursing Schools and Training Programs (RN Schools)

Career Information for Registered Nurses in Iowa

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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

Schools for Registered Nurses in Iowa are listed below.

Selected Registered Nursing Schools in Iowa

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This list also contains online schools that accept students from Iowa.

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Kaplan University is focused on recognizing the achievements of military and veteran students and offers the flexibility of an online education.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, MS in Nursing, Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice) , more...
  • Degrees: Master

A degree from CTU connects you to what matters most: powerful professional network, real-world professional faculty and innovative technology. Once you earn your degree you hit the ground running.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration
  • Degrees: Master

Nursing@Simmons, the innovative, online nursing degree program from Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences prepares Registered Nurses for the next stage of their careers.

You need to have a Bachelor’s degree and RN license to be qualified for this school.

  • Programs: MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

  • Programs: Nursing (Post-licensure) - Bachelor, Nursing Administration - Master's
  • Degrees: Bachelor, Master

For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Degrees: Doctorate

Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing Online
  • Degrees: Master

At Kaplan University, we offer over 180 degree and certificate programs.

  • Programs: MS in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing : Nurse Informatics, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor, Certificate

Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery, Master of Science in Nursing - WomenÂ’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Degrees: Master

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County.

  • Programs: Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP), Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master
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More Iowa Registered Nursing Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Allen College Waterloo Masters 462
Briar Cliff University Sioux City Masters 1,138
Clarke College Dubuque Doctorate 1,230
Coe College Cedar Rapids Masters 1,316
Des Moines Area Community College Ankeny Associate 18,320
Dordt College Sioux Center Masters 1,301
Drake University Des Moines Masters 5,617
Eastern Iowa Community College District Davenport Associate 7,329
Ellsworth Community College Iowa Falls Associate 916
Grand View University Des Moines Bachelor 1,748
Hawkeye Community College Waterloo Associate 5,725
Indian Hills Community College Ottumwa Associate 4,174
Iowa Central Community College Fort Dodge Associate 5,731
Iowa Lakes Community College Estherville Associate 3,013
Iowa Wesleyan College Mount Pleasant Bachelor 834
Iowa Western Community College Council Bluffs Associate 5,300
Kirkwood Community College Cedar Rapids Associate 15,091
Luther College Decorah Bachelor 2,476
Marshalltown Community College Marshalltown Associate 1,701
Mercy College of Health Sciences Des Moines Bachelor 680
Morningside College Sioux City Masters 1,798
Mount Mercy College Cedar Rapids Masters 1,506
North Iowa Area Community College Mason City Associate 3,272
Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar Calmar Associate 4,810
Northwest Iowa Community College Sheldon Associate 1,288
Saint Ambrose University Davenport Doctorate 3,870
Southeastern Community College West Burlington West Burlington Associate 3,351
Southwestern Community College Creston Creston Associate 1,463
St Luke's College Sioux City Associate 145
University of Dubuque Dubuque Doctorate & First Professional 1,560
University of Iowa Iowa City Doctorate & First Professional 29,117
Upper Iowa University Fayette Masters 5,143
Western Iowa Tech Community College Sioux City Associate 5,191
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