The associate degree nursing program is a comprehensive program of study that integrates theory and clinical practice. This seamless curriculum is designed to provide qualified individuals an opportunity to acquire the knowledge, mindset and skills to become safe and competent practitioners of nursing. Students have the option of taking the practical nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-PN) upon successful completion of the first three semesters. Continuation of the program for an additional two semesters will lead to graduation with an associate degree in nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the registered nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).
The mission of the nursing program of Drake State Community & Technical College (Drake State) is to prepare graduates to practice safe, competent, patient-centered care in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing health care system.
Nursing is a dynamic profession. It's a combination of science and evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning and the art of caring and compassion to provide quality, patient-centered care. We believe learning is an interactive process in which faculty and students share responsibility to meet program outcomes. We also believe in using educational methods that support the learning needs of our students.
Successful nurses have a caring and empathetic nature and have a high tolerance for stress. This profession requires keen observational, decision-making, technical and communication skills.
The median annual earnings for registered nurses are $ 33.65 per hour or $ 70,000 per year.
The median annual earnings for practical nurses are $ 21.65 per hour or $ 45,030 per year.
The typical student, who enters the program full-time and whose academic and clinical progress are satisfactory, can complete the program in five semesters provided the necessary courses are offered.
Summer Semester (AAS Nursing) – January 15
Fall Semester (AAS Nursing) – April 15
Spring Semester (LPN to RN Mobility program) – September 15
Students who are interested in applying to the nursing program must first apply for general admission to Drake State. Once you receive an acceptance email or letter you must submit your nursing program application packet.
Note: New students are admitted only in the fall and summer semesters.
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