Southwestern offers nursing education as a "ladder concept." New students are eligible to apply for the practical nursing (LPN) program. Upon successful completion of the LPN program, students are then eligible to apply for the registered nursing program.
Graduates of each program are eligible to take the NCLEX PN or RN exam at the end of the one or two years respectively. Southwestern graduates have achieved a high pass rate upon taking the exam for the first time.
The curriculum offers students learning experiences in courses emphasizing concepts of the nursing process, the health-illness continuum, ethics, communications, the sciences, and the professional nursing practice role. Students spend three days per week in the classroom and two days per week at a health care facility. A variety of clinical sites provide excellent experiences with direct supervision of skilled clinical faculty.
In Iowa, there is a plan for RNs with two-year degrees to articulate into four-year colleges to attain a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree. Southwestern participates in the Iowa Articulation Plan, so if a four-year degree in nursing is your goal, SWCC is the place for you.
Classes begin annually in late-August and graduation is in late-June. The Creston campus offers LPN and RN and the Red Oak Center offers RN only. Creston is 70 miles southwest of Des Moines and Red Oak is 50 miles southeast of Omaha, NE.
Students enjoy participation in a local student nurse organization which provides opportunities to develop knowledge and problem solving skills in leadership roles, community activities, and in nursing.
Employment opportunities for RNs and LPNs are very good. Wear the Southwestern Pin with pride as you accomplish your goals for the future!
Diploma in licensed practical nursing
Associate of applied science degree in registered nursing
- Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
- Registered nurse (RN)
Nursing Director: Dr. Susan White
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