Sep 28, 2021  
2020-2021 College Catalog 
2020-2021 College Catalog

Practical Nursing Diploma

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Practical Nursing
Practical  NursingDevelop the skills needed to provide provisional care for individuals, families or communities with basic health care needs in our three-term Practical Nursing (PN) program. After completing the program, you'll become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) licensure exam. Licensed practical nurses have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings, from hospitals and rehabilitation centers to long-term care facilities.

Nurses need in-depth training and practical experience to best care for their patients and communicate with other medical professionals. Additionally, they need to be able to help their clients understand the care they're receiving.

Through hands-on classroom training and supervised clinical experience, you'll acquire the critical thinking, communication and practical skills needed to thrive as a nurse. Prepare for these real-life situations while earning your diploma in our PN program.

Program Acceptance Requirements
In order to qualify for the Iowa Lakes Practical Nursing Diploma program, applicants need to
complete the following:

  1. Attain a high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or GED mean score equivalent or college GPA of 2.0 from 7 credits of college level science course work attaining a grade C or higher.
  2. Attain a grade C or higher in Human Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab (BIO-168), 4 credits.
  3. Pass a 75 Hour Certified Nursing Assistant (HSC-172) course or proof of working as a CNA. Documentation must be submitted to the Nursing Program.
  4. ACT or Accuplacer Results:
    • A composite score of 18 or equivalent exam (Next Gen Accuplacer)
    • The composite score is based upon English, reading, mathematics and science scores. The additional "Writing Test" is not required.
    • Request that the ACT sends official results to the Iowa Lakes Admissions Office. Hand delivered results will not be accepted.
    • Register for the ACT exam by visiting Register for Accuplacer by contacting the Iowa Lakes Community College Success Center.

This program prepares the student for licensure in Iowa.  Iowa Lakes Community College Nursing Program has not made a determination as to whether the program curriculum meets all other state's educational requirements for licensure or certification. If you wish to work outside the state of Iowa please contact the state agency in which you hope to work for details about licensure or certification.

Practical Nursing Program Outcomes

Provider of Care

  1. Utilize the nursing process to provide ethically safe patient care within the scope of practice for the registered nurse.
  2. Deliver appropriate, individualized nursing skills.

Member of the Profession of Nursing

  1. Demonstrate professionalism in the role of the registered nurse within the healthcare system.
  2. Demonstrates critical thinking skills through implementation of Evidence Based Practice.

Manager of Care

  1. Use communication techniques in providing culturally competent care throughout the life span.
  2. Apply knowledge of health promotion and maintenance across the life span.

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Additional Information


U.S. Department of Education New Regulations

As of July 1, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education implemented new regulations that professional nursing programs (LPN and RN) must adhere to - Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v). In compliance with this regulation, Iowa Lakes Community College PN & AD Nursing is providing the following information:

  1. Iowa Lakes Community College Practical Nursing and Associate of Science degree, nursing curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin.
  2. Iowa Lakes Community College Practical Nurse and Associate of Science degree, nursing curriculum does not meet the state educational requirements for professional licensure in the states/jurisdictions of Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming.
  3. Iowa Lakes Community College has not made the determination if the Practical Nurse and Associate of Science degree, nursing curriculum meets the state educational requirements for the following states/jurisdictions: American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Northern Mariana Island, Pennsylvania, and Virgin Islands.


  1. This information is only for initial licensure by exam requirements for the state listed.
  2. Students should contact the State Board of Nursing in which they wish to be licensed for specific licensing requirements.
  3. Students may meet with the Director of Nursing Education if they wish to be licensed in another state.

Disclaimer: This information has been gathered from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) website and will be updated annually on July 1. Iowa Lakes Community College assumes no liability or responsibility for any errors or omissions in the information contained in this resource. It is your responsibility to verify accuracy by visiting the NCSBN website at:

Related Documents

     Cost Sheet

     NCLEX Exam Pass Percentage

     Nursing Program Information

     Physical Form, Waiver of Liability and TB Conversion Assessment Self Report

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