Top RN to BSN Programs in Iowa

Iowa BSN in Nursing School Highlights

Number of Accredited RN to BSN Programs in Iowa Schools with RN-BSN Programs
There are 18 nursing schools in Iowa with CCNE or ACEN accredited RN to BSN / BSN programs.
Average Enrollment of All Colleges in Iowa Average Enrollment
Iowa colleges' average enrollment is only 5,700 students (smaller than the national average of around 8,000 students).
SWES Iowa City Availability
Nursing schools in Iowa are pretty spread out, as there are 10 different cities in Iowa with nursing schools offering CCNE or ACEN-accredited Bachelor's in Nursing degrees. A number of cities have multiple options: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, and Sioux City.
In response to the changing educational nursing standards that is all but requiring RN's with an ADN to have a BSN, universities in the state of Iowa have assembled excellent RN to BSN programs to assist nurses with pursuing better opportunities for their futures. Every minute of hard work that goes into pursuing a higher degree could pay off well at the end of the journey. With the "BSN in 10" initiative, RN to BSN programs can be the solution to the changing healthcare field’s effect on nurses.

Why the BSN?

Nurses currently in the field may feel intimidated by the increase in the number of registered nurses, making a higher degree the best option to prove better qualifications.

A bachelor’s degree holder is more often considered for positions in management and other higher tier positions within a healthcare facility. Since the coursework for these programs includes many different aspects of business and employee management, graduates are a great fit for many settings.

Employers want bachelor’s degree holders to fill their positions. Bachelor’s level graduates work in staff nurse positions as well as in schools and education research facilities.

Without higher education in nursing, it would be difficult to guarantee the excellent patient care in hospitals and private facilities. It does not matter which path a graduate takes upon completing an RN to BSN program.

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Benefits of the BSN in Iowa

In Iowa, there are many benefits associated with obtaining a higher degree. The earning potential for bachelor’s level nurses is high, making it a highly popular degree choice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nurses in Iowa earn around $67,340 per year.

The Iowa Health System is one of the larger hospital networks in the state and in the Midwest, and there are a number of opportunities at hospitals run by IHS.

State Licensure Reciprocity

The Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) allows nurses to have one license for nursing that gives them the ability to practice in the state where they current live as well as other states that are part of the compact agreement. Currently there are 25 states that are a part of the NLC agreement. Iowa IS part of the NLC agreement, meaning licensure earned in Iowa is valid in the other states that are part of the NLC.
Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing

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List of BSN Programs

All Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs

RN to BSN Programs That May Be Currently Accepting Applicants
Allen College
Waterloo
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
Briar Cliff University
Sioux City
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
Clarke University
Dubuque
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing and Health
Coe College
Cedar Rapids
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
Dordt College
Sioux Center
  • RN to BSN - Nursing Department
Graceland University
  • RN to BSN - School of Nursing
Grand View University
Des Moines
  • RN to BSN - Division of Nursing
Iowa Wesleyan College
  • RN to BSN
  • RN to BSN
Luther College
Decorah
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
Mercy College of Health Sciences
Des Moines
  • RN to BSN - Division of Nursing
Morningside College
Sioux City
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing Education
Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
St. Ambrose University
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
University of Dubuque
Dubuque
  • RN to BSN - Nursing Department
University of Iowa
Iowa City
  • RN to BSN - College of Nursing
Upper Iowa University
Fayette
  • RN to BSN - Department of Nursing
William Penn University
Oskaloosa
  • RN to BSN - Nursing Division