About Allen College

Allen College is an independent, co-educational, regionally accredited post-secondary institution categorized by the Carnegie Foundation as a Special Focus Institution. Allen College sponsors five academic degree programs:

  • The Associate of Science in Radiography (ASR) is a two-year degree program. 
  • The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is offered for pre- and post-licensure students seeking to start or advance a career in professional nursing.
  • The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program offers six tracks: family; acute care; adult;gerontological and adult psychiatric–mental health nurse practitioner tracks; a nurse educator track; and a nurse leader track for nurses wishing to advance their careers.  Students can complete a post-master’s certificate in each of these tracks. An RN to MSN track and a certificate in pain management are also offered.
  • The Bachelor of Health Science (BHS) degree program prepares students for careers as clinical laboratory scientists,  nuclear medical technologists and diagnostic medical sonographers.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice program prepares graduates for advanced practice in a variety of settings.

Allen College challenges students with dynamic learning opportunities. Our academic degree programs thrive in an environment that facilitates student achievement of academic excellence and clinical competence while emphasizing the art of human caring.

Exceptional opportunities for classroom and clinical learning are available to students on campus and nearby at the University of Northern Iowa, Wartburg College and numerous healthcare facilities in the region. To provide liberal arts and general education courses, Allen College has agreements with the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls and Wartburg College in Waverly. The bridge between these institutions maximizes student enjoyment and learning opportunities by combining the strengths of our clinical learning component with the traditional college environment and activities.

In the fall of 2009, Allen College enrolled approximately 450 students, of whom 94 percent are women.  More than 90 percent of Allen College students are enrolled in one of the College’s nursing programs.   Transfer students averaged a 22 ACT and a 3.48 cumulative high school grade point average. 

More than 2,500 students have graduated from Allen College. Our alumni work in healthcare across the United States and around the world.

Allen College employs 41 full- and part-time faculty and additional adjunct faculty. We are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Our nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  Our masters program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC.)  Our radiography program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Allen College considers admitting applicants living out of state or country.

Applicants and current students must be aware select states require approval prior to Allen College offering online courses and clinical study in those states.  Additionally, a state certification or governing licensing board may also require prior approval for an Allen College student to engage in clinical study within the state.  Therefore, Allen College cannot guarantee out-of- state clinical or practicum placement.  Allen College also cannot guarantee students maintaining residency in a state other than Iowa will be allowed to enroll in online courses.

Applicants planning to maintain residency in any state other than Iowa, and planning to enroll in an online course or engage in clinical study in any state other than Iowa, should consult an admission counselor prior to applying to Allen College.