Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
If your career goals focus on patient care, one of the best first steps is to become a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) through Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). Completing classes and clinical rotations to earn this credential is a requirement for entry into the College’s Practical Nursing program, and getting experience with patient interaction and care are what trained CNAs do every day.
Become a CNA.
The Practical Nursing program at the College was named #1 in the state of Iowa this year! In awarding this distinction, practicalnursing.org cited five years of rigorous academic quality, student achievement and stellar Iowa Board of Nursing pass rates.
Sue Schneider, director of nursing, believes one of the best features of the one-year Practical Nursing program is that it provides all students with a solid career foothold to advance their careers and education.
“Students who want to become nurses will realize that our Practical Nursing program, as with the CNA program, are the best stepping stones to nurture their healthcare career goals. When you complete a step in our nursing programs, you earn a credential. You can work professionally in nursing and return to the College to advance further,” Schneider explained. “After completing the program, graduates have the option to earn an Associate Degree of Nursing with us, a Bachelor of Science of Nursing at a four-year school and continue as their career evolves.”
Upper Iowa University – NICC Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Partnership
Many nurses in northeast Iowa are nearing retirement and healthcare providers are in desperate need for licensed, highly skilled nurses to fill current and projected employment needs.
In 2016, Upper Iowa University and Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) created the Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Partnership (CEP), the first agreement of its kind in the state of Iowa.
This agreement allows you to enroll in the Associate Degree Nursing (A.D.N.) program at the College and at the same time, enroll and take online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) courses from Upper Iowa University (UIU). Students in the CEP cohort can “ladder in” their credits from the A.D.N program at the College into the B.S.N. program at UIU, become a Registered Nurse and then complete the rest of the degree in less than a year!
Learn More about the NICC and UIU Nursing Partnership.
If you want to work in the heart of healthcare, the Medical Assistant program at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is the perfect fit for you.
Medical assistants are indispensable members of the healthcare team who work alongside physicians and nurses in healthcare facilities, medical offices and clinics. Medical assisting is a rewarding profession, and skilled graduates are needed in this healthcare sector locally.
Michelle Apodaca, a 2016 graduate, was hired full-time at Unity Point Clinic. Apodaca was immediately drawn to the 12-month commitment to earn a diploma, instead of four long years at a college or university.
“My favorite part was practicing injections and blood draws with students in the program. Students might be nervous at first, but I enjoyed it. Medical assistants have to be prepared on the job. You never know what is going to walk through the door,” she said.
The program is offered at the Peosta campus, and the College expanded the program to the Calmar campus in response to healthcare industry workforce needs in northeast Iowa.