Iowa Wesleyan College Nursing Program Review
Iowa Wesleyan College (IWC) traces its history back to Mt. Pleasant Literary Institute, which was founded in 1842. It changed its name to Iowa Wesleyan College in 1912, and gradually expanded its liberal arts curriculum to include programs in business, education, science, and nursing. The college welcomes students who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing, as well as Registered Nurses (RN) who wish to complete a full bachelor’s degree. Iowa Wesleyan College’s nursing program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and approved by the Iowa State Board of Nursing.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree requires four years of full-time study. A prospective BSN student must spend his first year completing general education requirements at Iowa Wesleyan College before he can apply to the nursing program. He must have a GPA of at least 2.25 in order to apply. If accepted to the program, he will begin with Foundations of Nursing in the first semester of his sophomore year. This class will enable him to take the state certification exam for Certified Nurse Assistants (CNA).
If a student entering the nursing program is already a CNA, he may skip this class. In total, the BSN program requires 124 credits. Of these 124 credits, sixty-four are for nursing classes and clinical rotations. Once enrolled in the BSN program, a student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in order to continue the nursing course sequence. At the end of his fourth year, a BSN student can take the National Council Licensing Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Successful completion of this nationwide test will allow him to begin his career in the nursing field.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN Completion Program
Iowa Wesleyan College participates in the Iowa Articulation Plan for RNs. This plan grants graduates of associate degree programs or diploma programs credit for their previous nursing coursework; they can complete a full BSN degree in less time than a traditional BSN student. Prior to enrolling in the RN to BSN program, an RN must meet with a nursing advisor and an advisor from Iowa Wesleyan College’s Extended Learning division. The nursing advisor will evaluate the RN’s transcript and determine how many classes, both nursing classes and general education classes, she needs to complete. The advisor from the Extended Learning division will help her plan out her course of study.
She has the option of studying full-time or part-time, depending on how much time she can devote to studying. A typical course load for a student in the Extended Learning division is three classes per semester. Classes are offered at night. The classes are available on Iowa Wesleyan College’s campus in Mt. Pleasant, and also on the campus of Southeastern Iowa Community College in West Burlington and on the campus of Muscatine Community College in Muscatine. The length of the RN to BSN program can vary considerably, depending on whether the RN chooses to study part-time or full-time, as well as on how many classes she needs to complete.
Iowa Wesleyan College
601 N. Main Street
Mount Pleasant, IA 52641