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2020 Best Colleges for Nursing in Iowa

Nursing is a popular major and Iowa is the 25th most popular state for students studying this major. 4,115 of the 293,633 Nursing diplomas earned last year were given by schools in Iowa. With so many options it can be a daunting task finding the best fit for you. This year's Best Colleges for Nursing in Iowa ranking analyzed 15 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in nursing. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 2 schools for Nursing students in Iowa.

Choosing a Great Nursing School

Best Colleges for Nursing in Iowa The nursing program you select can have a big impact on your future. Important measures of a quality nursing program can vary widely even among the top schools. When choosing a school we recommend considering some of the following factors:

A Great Overall School

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Above Average Earnings After Graduation

Nursing graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. Recent nursing graduates from Iowa schools with a bachelors degree earned an average of $60,210 in 2017-2018.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Nursing students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other nursing students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized nursing related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best colleges for Nursing students in Iowa.

Best Schools to Study Nursing in Iowa

Below you'll see a list of the best colleges and universities to study nursing.

Top 10 Best Nursing Colleges in Iowa

#1

Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

It is difficult to beat Clarke University if you want to pursue nursing as a major. Located in the city Dubuque, Clarke is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students who complete this degree report average early career income of $54,700.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

Every student who is interested in nursing has to check out University of Iowa. Iowa is a fairly large public school located in the city of Iowa City.

After getting their bachelor's degree, nursing students generally earn an average of $59,500 in their early careers.

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#3

Luther College

Decorah, IA

Luther College is one of the best schools in the country for nursing. Located in the remote town Decorah, Luther is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Graduates from the nursing program at Luther College earn $5,293 more than the standard graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#4

Saint Ambrose University

Davenport, IA

It's difficult to beat Saint Ambrose University if you wish to study nursing. St. Ambrose University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Davenport.

Soon after graduation, nursing students generally make an average of $56,200 in the first five years of their career.

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#5

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, IA

Located in the medium-sized city Cedar Rapids, Coe is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

Students who graduate from the nursing program make an average of $58,400 for their early career.

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#6

Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

Mount Mercy is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cedar Rapids.

Soon after graduating, nursing students usually make an average of $56,200 in the first five years of their career.

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#7

Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

Located in the remote town Sioux Center, Dordt is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students who graduate from this program state that they receive average early career earnings of $55,600.

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Located in the rural area Lamoni, Graceland Lamoni is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Students from the nursing major at Graceland University - Lamoni earn $3,393 above the typical college graduate in this field when they enter the workforce.

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#9

Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

Located in the city Sioux City, Morningside is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

Soon after graduation, nursing students generally make around $52,800 at the beginning of their careers.

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#10

Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA

Briar Cliff is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Sioux City.

Students who complete this program report average early career wages of $56,000.

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Best Nursing Colleges in the The Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Nursing Colleges in the The Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Colleges Degrees Awarded
Missouri 291 6,519
Minnesota 288 10,942
Kansas 269 2,717
Nebraska 233 1,952
South Dakota 210 951
North Dakota 206 916

Nursing is one of 34 different types of Health Professions programs to choose from.

Majors Similar to Nursing

Related Major Annual Graduates
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 104,465
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 90,916
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125
Public Health 34,089

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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 the rest 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Aleksahgabrielle.

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