Nursing: Practical Nursing (LPN)

Practical Nursing (LPN)

The Practical Nursing program prepares students for entry-level practice as licensed practical nurses. Approximately one-half of the instructional time is spent in actual clinical practice in hospitals and nursing homes under the supervision of nursing faculty.

Students receive knowledge and skills in nursing fundamentals, lifespan growth and development, pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, and medical-surgical nursing. Students apply classroom and laboratory experience with patients in clinical settings. Students receive experience in the state-of-the-art Van Gerpen Patient Simulator Laboratory using realistic, full-body manikins and high-fidelity simulators to replicate a range of clinical situations in a controlled environment.

Graduates are eligible to take the national and state/regional examinations for licensure, which is required to practice in any state. A social security number is required in order to take exams and apply for licensure.

First time NCLEX—LPN: 86.4%

Continuing Education Ladder Concept of Nursing Education

Qualified graduates are eligible to progress to the Associate Degree Nursing program.


Hawkeye's Practical Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and the Commission on Institutes of the North Central Association.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Linda Butler
Grundy Hall 135
Email me

Student Success Specialist: Pre-Health

Kay Wenzel
Grundy Hall 285
319-296-2329 ext.1063
Email me

Student Success Specialist: Health Science

Vic Palmer
Grundy Hall 140
319-296-2329 ext.1481
Email me

Pre-Health Advisor

Heidi Hudson
Hawkeye Center 208
319-296-2329 ext.1079
Email me

Program Chair

Shawn Buhrow
Grundy Hall 173
Email me


Gene Leutzinger
Grundy Hall 135
Email me