Nursing: Practical Nursing (LPN)

Practical Nursing Admission Requirements

Admission into the Practical Nursing program is a four step process. Applicants must complete each step for full admittance into the program.

Applicants must be a high school graduate or have earned their high school equivalency diploma.

Step 1—Basic Skill Competencies Requirements

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
19 - Reading
19 - English
19 - Math
82 - Reading
65 - Writing
42 - Algebra
38 - Reading
40 - Writing
40 - Elementary Algebra
90 - Reading
98 - Sentence Skills
103 - Arithmetic OR
97 - Elementary Algebra

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the COMPASS assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Option 2

Complete all of the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT063 Elementary Algebra

Option 3

Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, and writing.

Step 2—Complete TEAS Test

Complete the Test for Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) at Hawkeye Community College with a composite score of 64% or higher.

The TEAS must be taken at Hawkeye Community College. We will not accept TEAS score reports from any other institution.

The TEAS can be taken at Hawkeye a maximum of five times. If the applicant does not successfully complete TEAS with 64% or higher after five attempts, the applicant will not be eligible for admission to the program at Hawkeye and will be removed from the nursing list.

Applicants are not allowed to retake the TEAS once a minimum composite score of 64% is achieved.

A fee is assessed at Hawkeye for the TEAS test.

Prepare for a successful TEAS V test.

Step 3—Complete Coursework

Complete all of the following courses, or the equivalent, with a "C" grade or higher:

  • ENG105 Composition I
  • BIO168 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • HSC108 Introduction to Health Professions

Successfully complete a state approved Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) course through an accredited college. Applicants will need to provide an official transcript providing proof of successful CNA completion.

Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission.

  2. Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
    1. Applicants not meeting the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.

    2. Applicants enrolled in coursework to complete Step 1 and/or Step 3 will become candidates.

    3. Upon completion of Step 1, 2, 3, and 4, applicants will be placed on the Eligible for Acceptance list. Placement on the list is determined by the highest point total earned from the Nursing criteria.

      If applicants share the same number of points, the second criteria used will be the Practical Nursing application date. The earliest application date will take priority over a later application date.

  3. Applications are processed for admission in the Fall and Spring semester.

Practical Nursing Point System

TEAS score: Points awarded in one category using the highest score earned
TEAS score 64–66 -OR- 0 points
TEAS score 67–71 -OR- 1 point
TEAS score 72–76 -OR- 2 points
TEAS score 77 or higher 3 points
Highest Degree Earned: Points awarded in one category using the highest score earned
Master of Arts or Master of Science Degree -OR- 3 points
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree -OR- 2 points
Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree 1 point
Complete the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher
BIO173 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 1 point
MAT110 Math for Liberal Arts or any higher level Math course 1 point
BIO151 Nutrition 1 point

Hawkeye's Equal Opportunity Statement

Note: The nursing program at Hawkeye Community College is undergoing changes to its core curriculum and admissions process for the Fall 2017 academic year.  Pending approval from the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Board of Nursing, changes are anticipated to go into effect for Fall 2017 acceptance. Once approval is received, the changes will be updated on the website.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
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Heidi Hudson
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
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Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
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