Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog

Nursing-Advanced Standing, AAS

Location(s): Ankeny, Boone, Carroll, Newton, Urban/Des Moines

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An Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Nursing and a career as a Registered Nurse are available to students who successfully complete the requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing curriculum. As members of the nursing profession, registered nurses are accountable for their own nursing practice. The Associate Degree Nurse utilizes more complex nursing knowledge and skills to assess, plan, provide, evaluate and manage nursing care for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and a variety of community-based healthcare settings. The Associate Degree Nursing program (ADN) is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and, in addition, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) Inc., 390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, 866-747-9965. All nursing and liberal arts support courses must be successfully completed with a grade of “C” or above. In order to progress to the next semester, these courses must be successfully completed in the semester identified or in a previous semester. Students entering as advanced standing must show proof of valid Practical Nurse or Vocational Nurse Licensure

Program Details

Pathway: Health Science & Fitness

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program

Ankeny, Boone -Fall and Spring Semesters

Carroll, Newton -Fall Semester Only

Urban -Spring Semester Only

Admission is based on seat availability

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn an Nursing-Advanced Standing Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Nursing, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed in Semesters 3-4, meet the progression requirements and have a grade of “C”  (not C-) or above in all ADN courses in the curriculum. In order to progress to the next semester, these courses must be successfully completed in the semester identified or in a previous semester.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 41

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$193.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Other
Medical Document Manager 20    
Background Check 45    
Nursing Textbooks (approximate) 1000    
Curriculum Support 825 825  
Physical Exam & Immunizations (apprx)     240
Healthcare Provider CPR     90
Licensure Exam-Board of Nursing (apprx)     143
LIcensure Exam-Pearson Vue Testing(apprx)     200

Approximate total for the program: $11,301 does not include other cost of nursing courses required but not part of this program.


Licensure Exam-Board of Nursing is an approximate cost. The cost may vary depending on state of initial licensure, if other than Iowa.

Licensure Exam-PearsonVue Testing is an approximate cost. The cost may vary depending on state of initial licensure, if other than Iowa.




What Kind of Work Will You Do?

To learn more about Nursing as an occupation, the kind of work you will do and the skills you need, visit the Nursing Pathways webpage.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Make decisions and accept accountability for own actions and the actions of others.
  • Be able to perform required nursing care skills (see attached performance standards).
  • Function effectively in an emergency or crisis situation.
  • Use judgment and problem-solving skills to plan, supervise and provide care to patients.
  • Be self-directive in identifying and pursuing learning needs.
  • Be flexible and have ability to prioritize and change from one task to another rapidly.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills through participation and student organizations and other professional activities.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Take required liberal arts support courses in advance when possible.
  • Strengthen study and academic skills prior to entry (math ability, speed and level of reading, problem-solving skills, ability to manage and organize large amounts of information from multiple sources, test-taking skills).
  • Plan ahead to have own transportation and to resolve conflicts between personal responsibilities (family, finances, etc.) and Nursing program demands.
  • Family support is important.
  • Restrict work; homework and required class preparation/activities are demanding.
  • Clinical rotations while in the program may be days or evenings.
  • Baccalaureate degree completion is available at four-year colleges/universities.
  • Criminal background checks will be completed on each student. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse may delay or prevent students from participating in clinical education experiences. Students unable to participate in clinical education will be unable to complete the Nursing program.
  • Average starting salary $89,010 (US Department of Labor, 2022).

Program Competencies

  1. Utilize clinical judgment to manage and provide care to diverse client populations through acute, chronic and life-threatening conditions. 
  2. Demonstrate nursing values and ethics, knowledge, leadership, and communication.
  3. Incorporate the client’s body, mind, spirit, age, culture, socioeconomic background, and environment when delivering care.
  4. Provide effective and collaborative nursing care that promotes positive client outcomes, while protecting the client and health care personnel from harm.
  5. Demonstrate collaborative and therapeutic communication with clients, families, and members of the healthcare team.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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