About the Nursing Program
Students in the nursing and practical nursing programs at Ivy Tech gain valuable skills and experiences by caring for real patients in a variety of clinical settings, including lab simulations. The growing use of simulations in nursing schools allows students to assume roles that are typically unavailable in a clinical setting, allowing students to make critical choices and see the results of those decisions. We use a variety of teaching methods and learning strategies in the classroom, clinical settings, and online to appeal to every learning style.
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program
The Associate of Science in Nursing degree program prepares graduates for the NCLEX-RN exam and subsequent licensing as a Registered Nurse (RN).
Once admitted to the program, an Associate of Science in Nursing degree can be achieved in less than two years. The nursing faculty at Ivy Tech provide individualized tutoring and mentoring to help students succeed. Our statewide aggregate pass rates are consistently high, and our nursing graduates are in high demand throughout Indiana.
The nursing program at Ivy Tech has a selective admissions process. There is a separate application process for nursing and health sciences and the programs only accept a limited number of students each year. After applying to Ivy Tech, you will be enrolled in the Pre-Nursing certification program while completing prerequisite course requirements.
The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is used as part of the admissions process by the Ivy Tech School of Nursing programs. TEAS testing must be completed within the published application deadlines in order to be considered for the current application period.
Associate of Science in Nursing Graduates
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. Graduates who successfully pass the NCLEX-RN examination have opportunities to obtain entry-level nursing positions in a variety of healthcare areas or transfer to a four-year university where they can earn an RN to BSN baccalaureate degree or an RN to MSN master’s degree in nursing.
ASN graduates are qualified to work in hospitals, nursing and residential care facilities, home health care, physician offices, schools and health departments. And the need is growing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is “projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
If you want to earn a master's or bachelor's degree in nursing, the Transfer as a Junior program at Ivy Tech can help you achieve that goal. We have several partnerships with four-year universities and colleges so you can seamlessly transfer without losing your credits or time. Talk to our transfer advocates for information about continuing your education after completing your degree at Ivy Tech.
Practical Nursing (PN) Program
The Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) is an integral part of the health care team. The Technical Certificate in Practical Nursing can be earned on the way to acquiring the Associate of Applied Science degree. Many available jobs require this certificate. This program provides education in conceptual and technical skills in preparation for the role of a Licensed Practical Nurse. The Practical Nursing program leads to a Technical Certificate that can be completed in one year.
The practical nursing program is a selective admission program with a separate application process and with a limited number of students accepted each year. Contact your campus of interest below for more details and learn how to apply to the college to start your career.
Practical nursing program graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination. Graduates who successfully pass the NCLEX-PN examination can begin their career in nursing, continue their education at Ivy Tech, or continue on to an LPN to ASN Transition course of study.
PN graduates are qualified to provide basic care, under the direction of registered nurses and doctors, for patients in a variety of health care settings such as nursing homes, extended care facilities, hospitals, clinics, home health care and physician offices.
Next Level Jobs
You may be eligible for a free technical certificate offered through this degree program. Learn more about Next Level Jobs.
Students who are admitted to the program will be required to pay for and submit to a criminal background check, drug testing, and physical exam.
Details and process information will be provided following admission to the nursing program. Please see the Nursing Student Handbook for further information.
Please Note: You must review these items before applying or you may submit incorrect documents and miss deadlines.
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