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  • Employment: 30,750
  • Hourly Mean Wage: $24.97
  • Annual Mean Wage: $51,930

There's a lot of great reasons to launch a nursing career in Iowa. For one, the cost of living is among the lowest in the nation, meaning your paycheck as a nurse will go farther here than most other states. Secondly, Iowa has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation—6.9 percent in April 2010 compared to a national jobless rate hovering close to 10 percent. Third, nurses are very high in demand in this Midwestern state. While it can be tricky to get into nursing school here due in part to a shortage of nursing faculty, those who do complete accredited nursing programs generally do not have to wait long before finding gainful employment. Finally, Iowa reports a very low level of crime compared to other states, helping to make the Hawkeye State a great place for a nurse to raise a family.

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Qualified nurses will be needed in Iowa's hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities, doctor's offices and home health care centers. The most highly sought-after nursing jobs in Iowa are concentrated in and around the major population centers, such as Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Davenport and Sioux City. Some of the largest and best-known employers of registered nurses in Iowa include: Iowa Health (which serves 1 in 3 patients in Iowa), University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and Mercy Medical Center–Des Moines. Those who want to become nurses in Iowa can get information about state licensure through the Iowa Board of Nursing, which also maintains a website with a helpful listing of accredited nursing programs in the state. The Iowa Nurses Association is the professional organization that represents the state's nurses, and it maintains a website where RNs here can connect with one another, search for continuing education opportunities, and keep up to date on policy issues relevant to Iowa's nurses.

School Name:Allen College

Address:1990 Heath St, Waterloo, Iowa 50703-1999

Contact:(319) 226-2000

Website:www.allencollege.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1

School Name:Briar Cliff University

Address:3303 Rebecca St, Sioux City, Iowa 51104

Contact:(712) 279-5321

Website:www.briarcliff.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

School Name:Clarke College

Address:1550 Clarke Dr, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-3198

Contact:(563) 588-6300

Website:www.clarke.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1

School Name:Coe College

Address:1220 First Ave NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402-5092

Contact:(319) 399-8000

Website:www.coe.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Des Moines Area Community College

Address:2006 Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, Iowa 50023-3993

Contact:(515) 964-6241

Website:www.dmacc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:34 to 1

School Name:Dordt College

Address:498 4th Ave NE, Sioux Center, Iowa 51250-1697

Contact:(712) 722-6000

Website:www.dordt.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Eastern Iowa Community College District

Address:306 W River Dr, Davenport, Iowa 52801-1221

Contact:(563) 336-3300

Website:www.eicc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Ellsworth Community College

Address:1100 College Ave, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126

Contact:(800) 322-9235

Website:www.ellsworthcollege.com

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1

School Name:Graceland University-Lamoni

Address:1 University Place, Lamoni, Iowa 50140

Contact:(641) 784-5000

Website:www.graceland.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

School Name:Grand View University

Address:1200 Grandview Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50316

Contact:(515) 263-2800

Website:www.grandview.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

School Name:Hawkeye Community College

Address:1501 E Orange Rd, Waterloo, Iowa 50701

Contact:(319) 296-2320

Website:www.hawkeyecollege.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

School Name:Indian Hills Community College

Address:525 Grandview, Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

Contact:(641) 683-5111

Website:www.indianhills.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1

School Name:Iowa Central Community College

Address:One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

Contact:(515) 576-7201

Website:www.iowacentral.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Iowa Lakes Community College

Address:19 S 7th St, Estherville, Iowa 51334-2295

Contact:(712) 362-2601

Website:www.iowalakes.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

School Name:Iowa Wesleyan College

Address:601 N Main Street, Mount Pleasant, Iowa 52641

Contact:(319) 385-8021

Website:www.iwc.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:10 to 1

School Name:Iowa Western Community College

Address:2700 College Rd, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-1057

Contact:(712) 325-3200

Website:iwcc.cc.ia.us

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:35 to 1

School Name:Kaplan University

Address:1801 E Kimberly Rd Ste 1, Davenport, Iowa 52807

Contact:(563) 355-3500

Website:www.kucampus.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Other degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Kaplan University-Cedar Falls Campus

Address:7009 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

Contact:(319) 277-0220

Website:www.kucampus.edu/kucampusPortal/kucampusCampuses/Iowa/CedarFalls/

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1

School Name:Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids Campus

Address:3165 Edgewood Parkway SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404

Contact:(319) 363-0481

Website:www.kucampus.edu/kucampusPortal/kucampusCampuses/Iowa/CedarRapids/

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1

School Name:Kaplan University-Des Moines Campus

Address:4655 121st Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50323

Contact:(515) 727-2100

Website:www.hamiltonia.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

School Name:Kaplan University-Mason City Campus

Address:Plaza West 2570 4th Street SW, Mason City, Iowa 50401

Contact:(641) 423-2530

Website:www.kucampus.edu/kucampusPortal/kucampusCampuses/Iowa/MasonCity/

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Kirkwood Community College

Address:6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52406-2068

Contact:(319) 398-5411

Website:www.kirkwood.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1

School Name:Luther College

Address:700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101-1045

Contact:(563) 387-2000

Website:www.luther.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Marshalltown Community College

Address:3700 S Center St, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158

Contact:(641) 752-7106

Website:www.iavalley.edu/mcc/

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:28 to 1

School Name:Mercy College of Health Sciences

Address:928 Sixth Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-1239

Contact:(515) 643-3180

Website:www.mchs.edu

Type of School:4-year, primarily associate's, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Morningside College

Address:1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51106-1751

Contact:(712) 274-5000

Website:www.morningside.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:Mount Mercy College

Address:1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402-4797

Contact:(319) 363-8213

Website:www.mtmercy.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:North Iowa Area Community College

Address:500 College Dr, Mason City, Iowa 50401

Contact:(641) 423-1264

Website:www.niacc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

School Name:Northeast Iowa Community College-Calmar

Address:1625 Hwy 150, Calmar, Iowa 52132-0400

Contact:(563) 562-3263

Website:www.nicc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Northwest Iowa Community College

Address:603 W Park St, Sheldon, Iowa 51201

Contact:(712) 324-5061

Website:www.nwicc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Northwestern College

Address:101 Seventh St SW, Orange City, Iowa 51041

Contact:(712) 707-7000

Website:www.nwciowa.edu/

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Bachelor's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

School Name:Saint Ambrose University

Address:518 W Locust St, Davenport, Iowa 52803-2898

Contact:(563) 333-6000

Website:www.sau.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1

School Name:Southeastern Community College

Address:1500 West Agency Road, West Burlington, Iowa 52655-0180

Contact:(319) 752-2731

Website:www.scciowa.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:26 to 1

School Name:Southwestern Community College

Address:1501 W. Townline Street, Creston, Iowa 50801

Contact:(641) 782-7081 x420

Website:www.swcciowa.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:St Luke's College

Address:2720 Stone Park Blvd, Sioux City, Iowa 51104-0263

Contact:(712) 279-3149

Website:www.stlukescollege.edu

Type of School:2-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Two but less than 4 years certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:6 to 1

School Name:University of Dubuque

Address:2000 University Ave, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Contact:(563) 589-3000

Website:www.dbq.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

School Name:University of Iowa

Address:101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316

Contact:(319) 335-3500

Website:www.uiowa.edu

Type of School:4-year, Public

Programs Offered:Two but less than 4 years certificate;Bachelor's degree;Postbaccalaureate certificate;Master's degree;Post-master's certificate

Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

School Name:Upper Iowa University

Address:605 Washington St, Fayette, Iowa 52142-1857

Contact:(563) 425-5200

Website:www.uiu.edu

Type of School:4-year, Private not-for-profit

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;Associate's degree;Bachelor's degree;Master's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:19 to 1

School Name:Western Iowa Tech Community College

Address:4647 Stone Ave, Sioux City, Iowa 51102-5199

Contact:(712) 274-6400

Website:www.witcc.edu

Type of School:2-year, Public

Programs Offered:Less than one year certificate;One but less than two years certificate;Associate's degree

Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

Source: http://www.bls.gov/oes/