Associate Degree Nursing (A.A.S.)

Associate of Applied Science

There’s never been a better time to enroll in our state-approved nursing program at Indian Hills Community College. Nursing is a respected profession with many high-paying and exciting job opportunities. A nursing degree gives you that special opportunity to help others while advancing your career. Nurses are on the front line of healthcare for a reason: Your knowledge, skill, and expertise save lives, while your compassion and a comforting smile can be truly Life. Changing.

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Associate's Degree + High Demand = Amazing Opportunities

Start Your Career After You Graduate

You'll be ready for the licensing exam to become an RN (registered nurse) — and dozens of area employers will be waiting to hire you!

Transfer to a 4-Year School for Your BSN

IHCC offers seamless transfer opportunities for bachelor's degree programs at William Penn University in Oskaloosa or the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Quick Facts

starting salary for RNs

job placement rate

job openings anticipated in Iowa

Learn More About the Program

View the Program Curriculum View the Program Manual View the Admissions Criteria

Total Cost: $30,168
Entry Term: Fall
Length: 7 Terms or 21 Months

"This program is an earned degree, not a given degree. Be ready to have long nights of studying throughout the road — but remember it will be all worth it in the end."

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Top 5 Reasons to Get Your Nursing Degree at Indian Hills:

Nursing student at Indian Hills Community College

  • There’s a big (huge) demand for nurses in every county in Iowa.
  • You might qualify for a tuition-free degree. No, really.
  • It’s a super-flexible program, so you can keep working while you learn.
  • Hiring managers will be wowed by your confident skills and professional savvy.
  • It’s a quick path from AAS to RN to BSN – and beyond.

You’re ready for some Life. Changing. learning. Let’s chart the perfect plan for your healthcare career.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • In-state tuition: $203 per credit hour
  • Out-of-state tuition: $255 per credit hour
  • Your total bill will be based on the number of credit hours for which you are enrolled. Some programs of study will require you to purchase a uniform, books, tools, or other items, and it is important to budget for these costs as well.
  • For more information on the Cost of Attendance, please visit our Financial Aid page.

Yes, we have five residence halls including apartment-style and traditional style dorms.

Indian Hills has articulation agreements and transfer plans with many four-year colleges and universities. However, not all credits are guaranteed to transfer because of differences in programs and requirements among various institutions. An Academic Advisor will also assist you in your future academic plans.

The first step in order to receive financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Complete and submit the FAFSA online. It is important to file the FAFSA as soon after October 1st as possible to ensure you receive priority processing.

Our school code is 008298.

Most degrees at Indian Hills can be completed in approximately 2 years depending on program and individual circumstances such as transfer credits and time away from school.

View detailed program requirements in our catalog.

Transfer Your A.A. Degree

Indian Hills Community College is happy to announce an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa School of Nursing which is called “RN to BSN 3 + 1”. This agreement provides a wonderful opportunity for qualifying IHCC nursing students to seamlessly transfer IHCC credits to the University of Iowa, where they can complete their complete their Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) in approximately one year following graduation from IHCC. These BSN courses can be completed entirely online while students are working in the field of nursing.  Students can also complete many of the required courses here at IHCC resulting in a significant decrease in cost.  Please contact the nursing department for more information regarding this opportunity.  That’s what we call Life. Changing.

Transfer to the University of Iowa after Graduating

Indian Hills Community College has also recently signed an articulation agreement with Grand Canyon University School of Nursing (GCU).  This agreement provides an opportunity for qualifying IHCC nursing students to transfer IHCC credits to GCU to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN). Complete your RN-BSN core coursework in 14 months. 5-week courses, online, which will help accelerate your degree completion.

All theory courses are offered online. Complete required practicum hours in a clinical setting of your choice in your local community. Schedule your appointment today with local Iowa Counselor, Marla Schultz for a complimentary credit evaluation.

Schedule Your Appointment with Marla

Your AA Degree is proudly accepted by William Penn University, so you can transfer smoothly into its nursing program to complete your BSN. 

Transfer to William Penn after Graduating

Iowa Board of Nursing Contact Information

Phone: (515) 281-3255 | Fax: (515) 281-4825 |

Program Outcomes for Associate Degree Nursing

  • Students that Took the Test - 19
  • Percent that Passed - 100%

  • Students that Took the Test - 26
  • Percent that Passed - 95%

  • Students that Took the Test - 28
  • Percent that Passed - 96.43%

  • Students that Took the Test - 38
  • Percent that Passed - 89.47%

  • Students that Took the Test - 47
  • Percent that Passed - 83%

Talk To a Real Person

Talk About the Program

Dixie Holden

Dixie Holden
Department Chair of Nursing & Simulation

[email protected]

Talk About Admission & Making this Work

Abby Benjamin

Abby Benjamin