Overview & Employment – Nursing ADN Option for Licensed Practical Nurses

A limited number of Licensed Practical Nurses who meet the following criteria will be eligible to enter the Associate Degree Nursing program on a space-available basis and only during the fall start date for placement in Nursing II. The student is eligible to begin the application upon completion of ALL prerequisite courses and general education courses required for entry into the program and prior to Nursing III. Individuals considering enrollment or currently enrolled in the nursing program should be aware that prior felony convictions license may prohibit eligibility for licensure upon completion of the program.

The ADN program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Contact information for ACEN:
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The application process, entrance requirements and curriculum are provided in the LPN to ADN Option Program Brochure.

Eligibility into Nursing II requires the following:

  1. A current, unencumbered LPN license.
  2. An ACT composite score of 20 OR an Associate in Arts degree from an accredited college with a minimum 2.5 GPA OR A Bachelor degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Graduation from an approved practical nursing program with a minimum of a C (2.0 GPA) in each nursing course. A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA in the ADN prerequisite courses. Completion of ALL prerequisite and general education courses required in the first year of the program with at least a C in each course. A minimum overall 2.0 NIACC GPA is required to enter the program and must be maintained throughout the program.
  4. Required employment within the past two years in an acute or long-term care setting involving routine medication administration and direct patient care with at least 500 hours of documented employment. A form verifying hours of employment and skill sets incorporated while employed will be sent to the employer.
  5. At least one year must transpire between completion of the PN program and entrance into the ADN program.
  6. Any transfer student applying for admission, who has been enrolled in a nursing curriculum other than NIACC, will be required to meet with the Program Leader, Practical and Associate Degree Nursing, to discuss placement in the curriculum after the following items have been received from the transfer institution: course syllabi, clinical placement documentation (hours/sites) reflecting sufficient theory, clinical hours, and experiences comparable to the first year of the ADN curriculum. The student will also, upon written authorization, allow contact with instructors from the transfer institution regarding theory, clinical, and overall student conduct from the administrator of the nursing program at the transfer institution. Information acquired from these contacts will be considered in acceptance and proper placement into the NIACC nursing curriculum.
  7. Participation in a mandatory orientation prior to entering the program.

Because assignment to the proper course is contingent on multiple factors, students are encouraged to apply at least a year before the desired date of entering Nursing II to allow for placement in Nursing I, if necessary. Final placement in the appropriate nursing course will be determined by the faculty in June prior to fall start.

In the event a student is not successful in a nursing course, the student may be required to apply for re-entry into the program on a space-available basis.

Students should be aware that they will travel a distance for clinical experience and that some clinical experiences will be scheduled during evening/night hours and weekends. Online access for web-enhanced course assignments is required. Computer labs on campus are available during designated hours. Drug testing may be required by individual agencies. Criminal background checks and adult/dependent abuse checks will be required for all incoming students. Results of the background and abuse checks will be reviewed by the State Department of Human Services to determine eligibility for clinical enrollment in the program. but does not guarantee licensure upon program completion. Costs for requirements will be the responsibility of the student.


High School Requirements:
The following required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.


  • One full-year course (2 semesters) of high school Algebra II/college prepatory Algebra or Statistics


  • Biology: two semesters of high school/college preparatory biology
  • Chemistry: two semesters of high school/college preparatory chemistry

The following required courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. A minimum overall 2.0 NIACC GPA is required to enter the program and must be maintained throughout the program.

BIO-186 Microbiology 4 s.h.
BIO-151 Nutrition 3 s.h.
BIO-206 Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab** 4 s.h.
BIO-207 Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab** 4 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology 3 s.h.

**Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be completed within five years of beginning the Nursing II Anatomy and Physiology I and II must be completed prior to entering ADN-103. Students enrolling in Anatomy and Physiology I or II should plan on taking both semesters of the sequence at NIACC or the same college.

Computer Technology:
Since the NCLEX-RN exam is a computerized test, computer competencies are strongly recommended.

Other elements of the selection process include high school and college GPA and ACT scores. All criteria for the ADN program apply and should be reviewed. This information must be in the applicant’s file before the admissions committee will act on the application. Upon acceptance, a physical examination providing evidence of current immunization and sound physical and mental health is required.

Since the applicant’s progress toward meeting prerequisites and admission requirements must be tracked, applicants to the Licensed Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing program must complete the application process through the health professions counselor located in the Student Development Office. Expected date of graduation will determine when the application to the program must be submitted.

Students must attain a C grade in all ADN courses and prescribed support courses to continue in the ADN program. An overall 2.00 GPA in the prescribed curriculum and a minimum overall cumulative college grade point average of 2.00 is required for graduation from this program.

Further information regarding progression in the program and specific program policies is provided to the ADN student in the individual program handbook. Students are provided this handbook during the first ADN class day. Students are referred to this handbook throughout the program. A copy of the ADN Student Handbook is available on request from the Health Division and is posted on the ADN program website at NIACC ADN Student Handbook.

Career Opportunities

    • Hospitals, nursing facilities, and clinics
    • Health maintenance organizations
    • Private offices and clinics of doctors and dental surgeons
    • Government agencies and the military
    • Visiting nurse associations
    • Community Healthcare agencies
    • Temporary staffing agencies
    • Entrepreneurial venture

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