Nursing Program

What are My DMACC Nursing Degree Program Options?

​​​Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) – A student completing this program earns an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurse Licensure (NCLEX –RN). There are three timeline options. Entry Requirements are the same for each option:​

  1. ADN Standard
    • Nursing courses completed in 2 years.
    • No summer nursing courses in the Standard program.
    • Ankeny & Boone: Fall and Spring starts every year.
    • Carroll: Fall start every year.
    • Urban: Fall start in 2018; other years TBA.
  2. ADN Evening/Weekend
    • Nursing courses completed in 2.75 years.
    • Only one nursing course per semester.
    • Evening/Weekend program includes summer nursing courses.
    • Urban: ​Next start in Spring 2019.
  3. ADN Accelerated
    • Nursing courses completed in 1.5 years.
    • Accelerated program includes summer nursing courses.
    • Newton: Fall start every year beginning in Fall 2018.
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Current LPNs, Paramedics, and some Military Medics will be eligible for a Healthcare Professional Exemption. The exemption gives credit for Term 1 (ADN110 and ADN140) to qualified students, which allows the student to begin the nursing program in Term 2.​


​Practical Nursing​ (PN)​ - A student completing this program earns a diploma and is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nurse Licensure (NCLEX –PN).  PN Entry Requirements.​

  • PN
    • Nursing courses take 1 year.
    • Includes summer nursing courses.
    • Boone: PN program starts in Spring 2019. Future PN program starts and campus location to be determined and will be posted on this website at a later date. ​​

Where Do I Start?

1-Apply for Admission on the DMACC website.
Applying online​ for admission to DMACC is quick, easy, and FREE. This will create your personal DMACC record and ensures accurate tracking of your progress through the nursing entry process.

2-Attend a Nursing Information Session.
Invest 90 minutes in attending a Nursing Information Session​​; it is a great way to help determine if nursing is the path for you. Learn about requirements for admission, what to expect in nursing classes, and options available after graduation. You will also be able to ask questions of Faculty, an Advisor, and/or a Pathway Navigator. Attendance at a session is a nursing entry requirement, so be sure to sign in at the session.

3-Browse through the FAQ section of the Nursing website.
Scroll through the FAQ section (in menu to the left) for quick answers to common questions from our students.

4-​Contact an Academic Advisor Prior to Registering for Classes.
An advisor can assist you in creating an effective plan/timeline for successfully completing your entry requirements, as well as answer any questions you might still have after attending an Information​ Session and reviewing the website.​ Contact the Advisor for Health Programs on the campus you are interested in attending to schedule an appointment. Click on the “Program Contacts” in the menu to the left.

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The Associate Degree Nursing Program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc.

3343 Peachtree Road NE,
Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: 866-747-9965 or
FAX: 404-975-5020

Iowa Board of Nursing
River Point Business Park
400 S.W. 8th Street, Suite B
Des Moines, IA 50309-4685
Phone: 515-281-3255
FAX: 515-281-4825

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Student Testimonial

Bailey Beckner

Bailey Beckner

DMACC has a really reputable nursing program, and I just felt like it was going to be a good fit for me. I love my professors. They were really supportive through the whole thing. Our class was really close. It was kind of like a little family.