Upper Iowa University Nursing School Review
Upper Iowa University (UIU), which was founded in 1854 in Fayette, educates over 5000 students each year at its main campus in Fayette and at its many education centers. The university has extension centers in Des Moines, Manchester, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities, and Waterloo, Iowa; Madison, Milwaukee, Prairie du Chien, Elkhorn, and Wausau, Wisconsin; Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Rockford, Illinois; Alexandria, Fort Polk, New Orleans, and DeRidder, Louisiana; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and overseas in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.
Upper Iowa University offers a wide variety of programs, but not all are available at all campus locations. At its main campus in Fayette and at its extension centers in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, Upper Iowa University offers a bachelor’s completion program for Registered Nurses (RN). The nursing program is a fairly recent addition to the university, since it was founded in 2006.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – RN to BSN
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is not open to traditional students. It is designed as a degree completion program for RNs who are graduates of an associate degree nursing program or a diploma nursing program. By completing a full BSN degree, these RNs can prepare themselves for graduate-level nursing education and advanced practice certification. In order to complete the RN to BSN program, a student must earn 120 credits. This includes credits awarded for the RN’s previous nursing coursework, as well as any transfer credits for general education coursework. An RN in the program must complete at least eleven nursing courses, for a total of thirty-six credits, at Upper Iowa University. Four of these eleven classes have a clinical component. Depending on how many general education credits an RN needs to complete in addition to the thirty-six credits of nursing coursework, the length of the program can vary considerably. In order to accommodate working RNs, many of the courses are offered in an online format. The RN to BSN program has approval from the Iowa Board of Nursing and accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
While enrolled in Upper Iowa University’s RN to BSN program, an RN can take advantage of more than classroom instruction. The university, with its wide reach throughout the country and even overseas, is a resource for students. It offers an Office of Career Development, to assist students and alumni in finding work and advancing in their chosen career path. Students who are members of the U.S. Military or veterans will find Upper Iowa University especially welcoming. The school, which is named a military friendly university by Military Advanced Education and GI Jobs Magazine, participates in a number of programs including the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program Service, Veterans Educational Assistance Program, Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Education Assistance Program, Montgomery GI Bill, and the Yellow Ribbon Program. And all students, veterans or not, can take advantage of Upper Iowa University’s scholarship and financial aid program. In addition to participating in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the university offers financial aid of its own, and a variety of scholarships for students on its main campus, students in its distance-learning/extension centers, international students, and transfer students.
Upper Iowa University
605 Washington Street
Fayette, IA 52142