Nursing Program

​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 2023. The next E/W program will start in Spring 2025​.​​
  3. ADN Ac​celerated
    • 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 in Des Moines (through the Urban ​campus) in even years.​
    • Includes summer nursing courses.
    • ​Boone Spring 2023): The current PN program cohort started​ in January 2023 at the Boone Campus and will graduate in December 2023. The next PN cohort will start in January​2024 at the Urban& Campus (DMACC Capitol Center)​.

Wher​e 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-C​omplete a Nursing Information Session.
Invest 90 minutes in viewing an online 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. Completion of the Nursing Information Session is a prerequisite and is also required prior to making an appointment with ​an advisor. At this time only an online Information Session is available; campus information sessions have been discontinued. Information sessions are separate for the ADN and PN programs, so be certain to click on 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.


The Associate Degree Nursing Program and the Practical Nursing Program are both approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program at Des Moines Area Community College at the Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, and Urban campuses located in Ankeny, Iowa; Boone, Iowa; Carroll, Iowa; Newton, Iowa; and Des Moines, Iowa is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN). The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the DMACC Associate Degree Nursing Program is "continuing accreditation" status. ACEN has scheduled the next accreditation site visit for Fall 2025.​

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.


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