Nursing Program

​Are you currently working on nursing prerequisites? If so, please make note of the following:​  
Starting on April 13, 2020 the following adjustments will be made for PN-ADN-AGS-PreNursing stud​ents during the COVID-19 crisis:  

Accuplacer – waived for PN and ADN/AGS prerequisites. This waiver has been extended through December 17, 2020.

TEAS – still required, but will be offered online through DMACC Testing Centers using Proctorio, which enables remote proctoring. This service will be available from the testing centers on or after April 20, 2020. Refer to the DMACC Testing Center website for sign-up information.​  

REMINDER: the information shown above was in effect starting on April 13, 2020 and has been extended through December 17, 2020. Continue to check this website for updated information.

What are My DMA​​CC 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 every year.
  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: ​The current E/W program began in March 2019. The next E/W program will start in Spring 2021​.​
  3. ADN Accelerated
    • Nursing courses completed in 1.5 years.​​
    • Accelerated program includes summer nursing courses.
    • Newton: Fall start every year.
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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 are completed in 1 year. ​
    • The PN program runs from January to December (Spring/Summer/Fall terms) and alternates between the Boone campus in odd years and the DMACC Capitol Center (through the Urban ​campus) in even years.
    • Includes summer nursing courses.
    • Urban (Spring 2020): The next PN program will begin in January 2020 at the DMACC Capitol Center in Des​ Moines.  ​​

Where Do I St​​​art?

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. An online Information Session is available, but those attending a face-to-face session will have the convenience of being able to ask questions of Faculty, an Advisor, and/or a Pathway Navigator during or ​at the end of the event. Attendance at a session is a nursing entry requirement, so be sure to sign in at the session. Information sessions are separate for the ADN and PN programs, so be certain to check the calendar for the appropriate session for your program of interest. ​

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

A message from the 2017 DMACC Nursing Degree Graduating Class on what it means to be a nurse