Become a Nurse in Iowa - Licensure & Requirements

Nursing requirements change rapidly. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Iowa Board of Nursing before applying for licensure. Last updated: 1/27/2020

Education Requirements for Nursing Licenses in Iowa
Nursing Licenses in Iowa Master's Required?
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Yes
Registered Nurse (RN) No
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) No

Iowa Nursing Salaries

Iowa Nursing Salaries
IA Nurse Career State-Wide Annual Mean Wage Des Moines-West DesMoines Annual Mean Wage Omaha-Council Bluff, NE-IA Annual Mean Wage Cedar Rapids Annual Mean Wage
Licensed Practical Nurse $42,820 $44,750 $44,730 $42,380
Registered Nurse $59,130 $62,240 $65,710 $58,060
Nurse Practitioner $106,290 $102,430 $103,050 $96,780
Nurse Anesthetist $209,130 $195,120 $173,920 Not Available

Careers as a nurse salaries above were retrieved from the Bureau of Labor Statistics - State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates Iowa in January 2020.

There are many paths to becoming a nurse in Iowa. The path you take will mostly depend upon the type of nurse you’d like to become and your current or prospective level of education. The higher your level of education, the more opportunities you’ll have to choose where and how you pursue your career in nursing.

In addition to nursing salaries in Iowa, you’ll find information on acquiring and maintaining several types of Iowa nursing licensure. We’re constantly making updates, but with the speed of change in the healthcare sphere it’s difficult to stay current. If you have any comments or suggestions for our information on nursing in Iowa, please email us at info@nursinglicensemap.com!

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Compact State Status

Iowa is a Nursing Licensure Compact state.

Prescriptive Authority in Iowa

According to Iowa Legislature Chapter 7 - Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners, advanced practice registered nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practice (ARNP) in Iowa

ARNPs in Iowa include certified nurse-midwife, certified registered nurse anesthetist, certified nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse specialist.

Education: Accredited graduate or postgraduate advanced practice educational program within one of the ARNP roles.

Examination: Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required: National Certification in Specialty Area

Fees:

  • $81 Application Fee
  • $50 Background Check Fee
  • Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Additional Information: An active registered nurse license from a compact state is required.

Renewal: A total of 36 contact hours are required for licensure renewal for ARNPs. Renewal fee is $81 for each ARNP specialty area.

Learn more on how to become an advanced practice registered nurse.

Registered Nurse (RN) in Iowa

Education: Completion of an Approved Registered Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-RN

Fees:

  • $93 Application Fee
  • $50 Background Check Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a registered nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $169 application fee is required. registered nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Iowa, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Iowa.

Renewal: Every three years, RNs are required to pay $99 for renewal, due 30 days prior to the 15th of the licensee’s birthday month. A total of 36 credit hours are also required.

Learn more on how to become a registered nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in Iowa

Education: Completion of an Approved Licensed Practical Nurse Program

Examination: NCLEX-PN

Fees:

  • $93 Application Fee
  • $50 Background Check Fee
  • $200 Examination Fee

Renewal: Every three years, LPNs are required to pay $99 for renewal, due 30 days prior to the 15th of the licensee’s birthday month. A total of 36 credit hours are also required.

Endorsement: Individuals licensed as a licensed practical nurse in another state may apply for licensure through endorsement, subject to board approval. A $169 application fee is required. Licensed practical nurses who hold an active license in another compact state need not apply for licensure in Iowa, unless they plan to change their permanent residency to Iowa.

Learn more on how to become a licensed practical nurse.

Information for the nursing careers above: advanced registered practice nurse, registered nurse, and licensed practical nurse was retrieved from the Iowa Administrative Code on the Nursing Board and the Iowa Board of Nursing, as of January 2020.

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  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Preparation to pursue certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Part-time, full-time, and extended plans of study
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  • Choose from part-time and full-time study options

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