College’s nursing program enrollment up 25 percent in past five years
The DMACC Nursing program recently reported a record enrollment of 453 nursing students across five DMACC campuses during the Spring 2019 semester, marking a 25 percent enrollment increase over the past five years.
The recent semester was also the second consecutive term in which the program enrolled more than 400 students, a benchmark it first surpassed in Fall 2018.
“We’re proud to see the DMACC Nursing Program continue to grow and produce highly-skilled professionals to meet workforce needs,” said Kendra Ericson, Director of Nursing Education at DMACC. “The first thing we tell students is, ‘Your goal is our goal. If you want to pursue a career in nursing, we have options and will help you find the right track to reach your goal.’”
DMACC Nursing program completion options include a standard track, an evening/weekend program and an accelerated course of study, all designed to support students who are working to complete degrees at every age and stage of life.
Students who complete the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at DMACC earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse Licensure (NCLEX–RN), which graduates are required to pass in order to work as a Registered Nurse (RN).
In 2018, a total of 153 DMACC nursing graduates – the largest group of first-time testers of any nursing program in Iowa – achieved a 91 percent pass rate on the NCLEX–RN. This result exceeded the 2018 state of Iowa first-time tester pass-rate average (86.67 percent), as well as the 2018 national first-time tester pass-rate average (88.30 percent).
More than one path to success
“It wouldn’t have been possible for me to go back to school and get my nursing degree if the DMACC ADN Evening/Weekend (E/W) program hadn’t been an option,” said Erica Carrick, a DMACC Nursing graduate who earned her AAS degree through the ADN E/W program in 2017. “As someone who was working full-time – as were many of my classmates in the program – the flexibility to take one class per semester and in the evenings, was absolutely critical.”
The ADN Evening/Weekend (E/W) program option allows students to complete nursing courses in 2.75 years while taking only one nursing course per semester, and can be an especially good fit for students with dependents and those who need to continue working full-time while going back to school.
“I can’t say enough about the program’s professors, who were beyond fabulous,” Carrick said. “Their commitment to working with each individual student and to helping those students succeed was so important.”
Carrick now works as the Director of Nursing at Primary Health Care, Inc., in Des Moines, and as a weekend staff RN in the ER and Psychiatry Unit at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. She is also a member of the DMACC Nursing Education Advisory Board.
The DMACC Nursing program currently has a 70 percent overall graduation rate, with its graduates employed in nursing or working to further advance their education. The DMACC Nursing Program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), which certifies the program as congruent with national standards for Associate Degree Nursing and eases student mobility to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.
DMACC offers a RN to BSN 3+1 Program through its partnerships with the University of Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan University, Grand View University and Purdue University Global. DMACC nursing students can seamlessly finish their BSN degree in only one year, either on campus or online, while continuing to work in central Iowa. The University of Iowa, Iowa Wesleyan University, Grand View University and Purdue University Global accept all DMACC Nursing credits.
DMACC ADN program completion options
Students can choose from three diverse options to complete the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program at DMACC:
The ADN Standard option offers completion of nursing courses in two years, with no summer courses required; it includes Fall and Spring starts every year on the DMACC Ankeny and Boone campuses, and Fall-only starts each year on the Carroll and Urban campuses.
The ADN Evening/Weekend (E/W) option allows students to complete nursing courses in 2.75 years while taking only one nursing course per semester, including the summer term; it is offered on the DMACC Urban Campus only. The current E/W program began in March 2019, and the next E/W program will start in Spring 2021.
The ADN Accelerated option guides students to completion of nursing courses in 1.5 years, with students taking classes year-round; it is offered on the DMACC Newton Campus only and starts every Fall semester.
For more information about the DMACC Nursing program, please contact Kendra Ericson, 515-964-6466 or visit www.dmacc.edu/programs/nursing.