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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

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Programs
  • MS in Nursing
  • Executive Leader Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Science - DNP Path (Doctor of Nursing Practice)

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Programs
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
  • M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Do you aspire to fulfill an evolving healthcare role as a highly-qualified nursing professional? GCU is the place for you.
  • RNs, pursue your BSN or MSN conveniently online, backed by the legacy of GCU's traditional campus.
  • GCU's bachelor's and master's programs prepare students to fill roles in direct care, management, health education and administrative disciplines.
  • The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Develop with hands-on practice, online and lab simulations and in depth peer discussions exploring best practices.
Programs
  • Nursing BSN B.S.
  • Serving students in higher education since 1941.
  • Offers diplomas and degree programs in accounting, healthcare, and business. 
  • Uses a unique inverted curriculum that enables students to take core classes in their first year.
  • Provides flexible scheduling for students with four start times per year.
  • Has 36 campus locations across the United States, as well as online courses.
  • Formed program advisory boards to ensure that all course material stays up to date.
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Programs
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN to DNP)
  • Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.
  • 85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.
  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Online - RN to Bachelors of Science in Nursing
  • Awakens, nurtures, & empowers learners to ethical lives of service & leadership
  • An accredited university by the HLC with multiple specialty accreditations
  • 16:1 student/faculty ratio with professors who are dedicated to student success
  • 120+ programs to choose from for graduates and undergraduate degree options
  • 2017 "Best Regional Universities, Midwest" & "Best Value" by US News & World Report
Programs
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Ranked among the 2015 Best National Universities by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Designated as a Military Friendly School every year since 2012 by Victory Media.
  • Offers credit for prior learning and experience through assessment tests.
  • Provides a short term Leadership Certification program in partnership with EQUIP®.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
Programs
  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
  • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
  • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
  • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
  • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
Programs
  • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
  • SJU provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts
  • A Jesuit school with 8,415 students in all programs for 2016 grads &undergrads
  • Institutionally Accredited by the MSCHE and the AACSB (Haub School of Business)
  • 96% of 2016 graduates employed, pursuing graduate study or volunteering full time
  • Qualifying students can receive financial assistance with tuition costs
Programs
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • Liberty University’s online programs ranked in the top 10 out of more than 2,100 colleges & universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility.*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.**
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.
Programs
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Presents stimulating, thoughtful programs for students in every academic field
  • SACS accredited w/many accreditations per program & 14:1 teacher-student ratio
  • 7 colleges with dozens of majors & programs to choose from for undergrads & grads
  • Beautiful 248 acre campus with ¾ mile waterfront located in Jacksonville, FL
  • Named an “America’s Best College” in the south for 10+ years, US News & World Report

More Iowa Registered Nursing Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 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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