There’s never been a better time to enroll in a state-approved nursing program at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Healthcare programs are not just a hot ticket for a high-paying job. 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.

Here’s a quick overview of our state-approved nursing programs.

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Nursing Associate: Ottumwa: Summer & Winter Term | Centerville: Winter Term
Practical Nursing: Winter Term
Length of Program Nursing Associate: 8 Terms (24 Months)
Practical Nursing: 4 Terms (12 Months)
Diploma/Degree Nursing Associate: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Practical Nursing: Diploma

Skill-building for Your Nursing Degree

Let’s be clear: Nurses are in high demand. That means more opportunities for you to land a high-paying job and become a great asset to your community once you’re done. So, let’s team up. You bring the passion, compassion and intelligence. We’ll provide the knowledge, skills and training you need in our state-approved nursing programs — on your way to your nursing degree!

What you will learn:
  • Therapeutic communication
  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Compassion
  • Technical skills
  • Teamwork

Which Nursing Degree Path Will You Choose?

At Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, our state-approved nursing programs are considered “ladder programs.” The curriculum of the Practical Nursing (Diploma) program is considered (Level I) of the Nursing (Associate) Program. This makes it easy for students who have completed the Practical Nursing Program to continue on in the Nursing Associate Program.

Choose your own path.  It’s your education. We’re right behind you every step of the way!

Practical Nursing


Ready to get in on the action? So are we! Let’s start with some life-saving knowledge, super skills to help keep patients healthy and some real-life, hands-on training in the classroom and clinics.

Still want to do more in your nursing career? Once you finish the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at Indian Hills, you can apply for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

All students are required to complete CNA training and successfully pass the written and skills examination for the State of Iowa. Students will need to submit their Iowa Direct Care Registry CNA card as a part of the admissions process.

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Nursing (Associate)

Associate of Applied Science

Take your practical nursing knowledge and crank it up! Add in critical thinking, leadership and advanced nursing skills. Don’t forget eligibility for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses – NCLEX-RN for short. What does that give you? Everything you need to be a Life. Changing. registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

All students are required to complete CNA training and successfully pass the written and skills examination for the State of Iowa. Students will need to submit their Iowa Direct Care Registry CNA card as a part of the admissions process.

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Program Outcomes

Academic Year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Students that Took the Test 116 71 47 38 15
Percent that Passed 70% 72% 83% 89% 100%

Transfer your AA Degree

Great news. Your AA Degree is proudly accepted by William Penn University, so you can transfer smoothly into its nursing program to complete your BSN. That’s what we call Life. Changing.

Transfer to William Penn after Graduating


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.

Transfer to University of Iowa after Graduating


Next Steps

So, are you ready to take your education to the next level? Check out additional details about the nursing degree programs below to see how our programs at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa will help you get a Life. Changing. career as a nurse in a hospital, a hospice nurse or an occupational nurse!

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Contact Us about Our Nursing Program

Not sure if you want to go into the Practical Nursing or Nursing (Associate) Program? Maybe you just want more details about transferring your associate credits to a four-year college once you’re done? Don’t stress. Just ask Dixie!

rebeccaDixie Holden, Department Chair, Nursing
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5162 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5162
[email protected]