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).

Core Values

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.

Your Future

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. 

Application Deadlines
Summer Semester (AAS Nursing) – January 15
Fall Semester (AAS Nursing) – April 15
Spring Semester (LPN to RN Mobility program) – September 15

Apply to the Nursing Program

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.

General Admission Application to Drake State 
Nursing Application
Review Essential Functions for Nusing Applicants 

Student Achievement

Program Options

Degree Completion Pathways
Spring Pathway
Summer Pathway
Fall Pathway

Note: New students are admitted only in the fall and summer semesters. 

Helpful Resources
Admission Criteria for Nursing
Frequently Asked Questions
Nursing Curriculum
Tuition & Fees

For more information contact us at or (256) 551-3156.