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2021 Best Nursing Associate's Degree Schools in Iowa

17 Schools Ranked
$6,996 Avg Tuition & Fees*
$17,792 Avg Student Debt

There are so many nursing programs in today's world that it can tough to figure out which one is the right one for you. You're no longer limited to schools in your local area, either, since online programs are becoming more prevalent. Also there are many trade schools and bpptcamp that offer short-term programs that open up more career options.

To assist you in seeing some of the education options that are available to you, Nursing Degree Search has created its Best Nursing Associate's Degree Schools in Iowa ranking. Our analysis looked at 17 schools in Iowa to see which associate's degree programs offered the best educational experiences for nursing students. To come up with a school's ranking, we analyzed numerous factors related to post-graduation wages, the quality of education offered by the school, average accumulated student debt, and more.

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Top Nursing Associate's Degree Schools in Iowa

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62 Total Awards
$18,150 Average Tuition & Fees
$20,449 Avg Student Debt

Our 2021 rankings named Mercy College of Health Sciences the best school in Iowa for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Mercy College of Health Sciences is a very small private not-for-profit school situated in Des Moines, Iowa. It awarded 62 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

If you want to attend Mercy College of Health Sciences, expect to pay an average of $18,150 in tuition and fees. Of course, this could be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $20,449 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Mercy College of Health Sciences does offer online classes for certain majors. During the 2017-2018 year, about 56% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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205 Total Awards
$6,240 Average Tuition & Fees
$10,466 Avg Student Debt

Out of the 17 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Northwest Iowa Community College landed the # 2 spot on the list. Sheldon, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out associate’s degrees to 205 students in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $6,240 in tuition and fees if they attend Northwest Iowa Community College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $6,540. On average, associate’s degree students take out $10,466 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Northwest Iowa Community College does offer online classes for certain degree levels. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 61% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#3

St Luke's College

Sioux City, Iowa
74 Total Awards
$20,440 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,872 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #3 on this year’s list means St Luke’s College is a great place for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Sioux City, Iowa is the setting for this very small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out associate’s degrees to 74 students in 2018-2019.

St Luke’s College does not offer a discount to in-state students, so the average tuition and fees for all undergraduates is $20,440. This amount may be reduced if you receive financial aid. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,872 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online classes at St Luke’s College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 86% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#4

Marshalltown Community College

Marshalltown, Iowa
228 Total Awards
$4,896 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,379 Avg Student Debt

A rank of #4 on this year’s list means Marshalltown Community College is a great place for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Iowa Valley Community College District is a public institution located in Marshalltown, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 228 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Iowa pay an average of $4,896 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Iowa Valley Community College District. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $5,232. Associate’s Degree recipients from Iowa Valley Community College District accumulate an average of $15,379 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Iowa Valley Community College District does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 66% took at least some of their classes online.

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433 Total Awards
$5,940 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,841 Avg Student Debt

You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around you if you attend Northeast Iowa Community College. The school came in at #4 on this year’s Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools in Iowa list. NICC is a public institution located in Calmar, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 433 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Iowa who attend NICC full time pay an average of $5,940 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $6,660. On average, associate’s degree students take out $15,841 in loans while pursuing their degree.

NICC does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 39% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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512 Total Awards
$5,603 Average Tuition & Fees
$11,507 Avg Student Debt

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend North Iowa Area Community College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools in Iowa list. Located in Mason City, Iowa, the small public school handed out 512 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at North Iowa Area Community College is $5,603. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $7,999. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $11,507 in student loans.

Some students may be able to take online classes at North Iowa Area Community College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 71% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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2,195 Total Awards
$4,800 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,367 Avg Student Debt

Des Moines Area Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #6 on the list. Located in Ankeny, Iowa, the large public school handed out 2,195 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $4,800 in tuition and fees if they attend DMACC full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $9,600. Associate’s Degree recipients from DMACC accumulate an average of $15,367 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at DMACC. In 2017-2018 about 30% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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489 Total Awards
$4,368 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,142 Avg Student Debt

Western Iowa Tech Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #7 on the list. This medium-sized public school is located in Sioux City, Iowa, and it awarded 489 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $4,368 in tuition and fees if they attend Western Iowa Tech Community College full time. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $4,392. Associate’s Degree recipients from Western Iowa Tech Community College accumulate an average of $13,142 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Western Iowa Tech Community College. In fact, around 45% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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#8

Kirkwood Community College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1,741 Total Awards
$5,380 Average Tuition & Fees
$17,250 Avg Student Debt

Kirkwood Community College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools in Iowa ranking. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the fairly large public school handed out 1,741 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Students from Iowa who attend Kirkwood Community College full time pay an average of $5,380 in tuition and fees. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $6,970. Associate’s Degree recipients from Kirkwood Community College accumulate an average of $17,250 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at Kirkwood Community College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 34% took at least some of their classes online.

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#9

Southeastern Community College

West Burlington, Iowa
429 Total Awards
$5,670 Average Tuition & Fees
$13,037 Avg Student Debt

Southeastern Community College landed the #9 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree nursing programs. Southeastern Community College is a small public school located in West Burlington, Iowa that handed out 429 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $5,670 in tuition and fees if they attend Southeastern Community College full time. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $5,820. Associate’s Degree recipients from Southeastern Community College accumulate an average of $13,037 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Southeastern Community College. To give an idea of how popular online courses are at the school, 44% of undergraduates took at least one course online in 2017-2018.

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#10

Iowa Central Community College

Fort Dodge, Iowa
802 Total Awards
$5,700 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,822 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #10, Iowa Central Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the medium-sized public school handed out 802 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

In-state students pay an average of $5,700 in tuition and fees if they attend Iowa Central Community College full time. Out-of-state students pay an average of $8,200. Associate’s Degree recipients from Iowa Central Community College accumulate an average of $16,822 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Iowa Central Community College does have options available for those who want to take online classes. You will need to check with the school to see if they are available for your specific major. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 29% took at least some of their classes online.

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#11

Hawkeye Community College

Waterloo, Iowa
748 Total Awards
$5,624 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,409 Avg Student Debt

Hawkeye Community College landed the #11 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree nursing programs. Hawkeye Community College is a public institution located in Waterloo, Iowa. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 748 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Iowa pay an average of $5,624 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Hawkeye Community College. Out-of-state students pay an average of $6,334. On average, associate’s degree students take out $15,409 in loans while pursuing their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Hawkeye Community College. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 31% took at least some of their classes online.

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#12

Iowa Western Community College

Council Bluffs, Iowa
786 Total Awards
$6,240 Average Tuition & Fees
$16,319 Avg Student Debt

Iowa Western Community College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools in Iowa ranking. Iowa Western Community College is a public institution located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 786 associate’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Students from Iowa who attend Iowa Western Community College full time pay an average of $6,240 in tuition and fees. Out-of-state students pay an average of $6,400. Associate’s Degree recipients from Iowa Western Community College accumulate an average of $16,319 in student debt by the time they complete their degree.

Some students may be able to take online classes at Iowa Western Community College. During the 2017-2018 year, about 45% of the undergraduates at the school took at least one online course.

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#13

Ellsworth Community College

Iowa Falls, Iowa
168 Total Awards
$4,896 Average Tuition & Fees
$12,510 Avg Student Debt

Ellsworth Community College landed the #13 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree nursing programs. Located in Iowa Falls, Iowa, the very small public school awarded 168 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Full-time students from Iowa pay an average of $4,896 in tuition and fees if they choose to attend Iowa Valley Community College District. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $5,832. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $12,510 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at Iowa Valley Community College District. In 2017-2018 about 52% of the undergraduate students at the school chose to take one or more online courses.

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799 Total Awards
$5,376 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,630 Avg Student Debt

Eastern Iowa Community College District ranked #14 on this year’s Best Nursing Associate’s Degree Schools in Iowa list. Davenport, Iowa is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out associate’s degrees to 799 students in 2018-2019.

Students from Iowa who attend Eastern Iowa Community Colleges full time pay an average of $5,376 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $7,520. On average, associate’s degree students take out $15,630 in loans while pursuing their degree.

One thing to take note of is that Eastern Iowa Community Colleges does offer online classes in some areas. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 36% took at least some of their classes online.

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#15

Iowa Lakes Community College

Estherville, Iowa
314 Total Awards
$6,588 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,990 Avg Student Debt

Iowa Lakes Community College did quite well in this year’s ranking of the best places for nursing students to get an associate’s degree. It came in at #15 on the list. Located in Estherville, Iowa, the small public school awarded 314 diplomas to qualifed associate’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at Iowa Lakes Community College is $6,588. Those students who come from outside the state pay an average of $6,940. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $14,990 in student loans.

If you are interested in distance education, be sure to check with the school since Iowa Lakes Community College does offer online classes for certain majors. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 35% took at least some of their classes online.

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652 Total Awards
$4,320 Average Tuition & Fees
$15,389 Avg Student Debt

Indian Hills Community College landed the #16 spot in the 2021 rankings for the best associate’s degree nursing programs. Located in Ottumwa, Iowa, the small public school handed out 652 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

The average in-state tuition and fees for students at IHCC is $4,320. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $5,760. By the time they get their associate’s degree, students from this school have racked up an average of $15,389 in student loans.

Depending on your major, you may be able to take online classes at IHCC. Of all the undergraduates enrolled at the school during the 2017-2018 academic year, around 35% took at least some of their classes online.

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249 Total Awards
$5,700 Average Tuition & Fees
$14,433 Avg Student Debt

With a ranking of #17, Southwestern Community College did quite well on this year’s best schools for nursing students working on their associate’s degree. Located in Creston, Iowa, the small public school handed out 249 associate’s degree awards in 2018-2019.

Students from Iowa who attend SWCC full time pay an average of $5,700 in tuition and fees. If you are from out of state, expect to pay an average of $5,910. On average, associate’s degree students take out $14,433 in loans while pursuing their degree.

You may have the opportunity to take online classes at SWCC. In fact, around 64% of the undergraduate population registered for at least one online class in 2017-2018.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 18 schools only.

References

  • Read more about our ranking methodology.
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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