About This Program

​​​​There are several levels of credentialing in nursing, but the majority of the workforce today consists of RNs.

DMACC currently offers an ADN nursing program for RN licensure and a PN program started in Spring 2019 at the Boone campus. The next PN program will be offered in Spring 2020 at the DMACC Capitol Center in Des Moines.

Regardless of the level of education, nurses should be caring, sympathetic, responsible, and detail oriented. They must have good written and verbal communication skills. Nurses must be able to direct or supervise others, correctly assess and accurately record patients' conditions, and determine when consultation is required. Nursing professionals work daytime, evening or overnight hours, with weekend shifts and holiday work being common. They need emotional stability to cope with human suffering, emergencies, and other stresses.


Program Entry Requirements

Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduation Outcomes

  1. Performance on the license exam: our three year mean for the NCLEX-RN will be at or above the national mean for the same three-year period.

  2. Program completion: Expected level of achievement for program completion.

    • Associate Degree Nursing Program Graduation Rate Target equal to or greater than 66%.

  3.  Job Placement rates: Expected level of achievement for placement rates. 

    • Associate Degree Nursing Program Job Placement Rate Target at least 60%.​


Program Outcomes

National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN®) First Time Pass Rate 

  • 2019-20: 86%
  • 2018-19: 82%
  • 2017-18: 89%
  • 2016-17: 87%
  • 2015-16: 91%​

Graduation Rates

  • 2019-20: 69%
  • 2018-19: 65%
  • 2017-18: 70%
  • 2016-17: 64%
  • 2015-16: 66%

Graduate Rate of Employment (in Nursing)

  • 2019-20: 90%*​
  • 2018-19: 100%*​
  • 2017-18: 89%*
  • 2016-17: ​​96%*
  • 2015-16: 100%​*

(*Percentage based on graduate survey responses.)