Bachelor of Science in Nursing

If you're considering BSN programs in Iowa, Allen College must be at the top of your list. Make your future matter with an education from Allen College.

Allen College offers innovative nursing programs - traditional and accelerated BSN programs, online RN-BSN - that combine interactive classroom learning with extensive patient contact. Empowering students to thrive in both theory and practice, Allen instills curiosity and life-long learning. As an UnityPoint Health affiliate, students have vast clinical opportunities and career paths after graduation.  

The School of Nursing offers three tracks to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree:

Unsure which is right for you? An Allen College Admissions Counselor can help you explore the options and which pathway best meets your goals. Email us with your questions.


RN Licensure

Graduates of the traditional and accelerated BSN program may be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Examination - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing the examination, the individual may be licensed as a Registered Nurse in the state they apply. The NCLEX pass rate of Allen graduates consistently exceeds state and national averages.

Our Mission and Philosophy

The Allen College School of Nursing values education and service in the field of nursing, which we define as both an art and a science. Our students can expect a rigorous course of study that fully prepares them to be nursing professionals.                               Learn More                       

Graduate Outcomes

In concert with the Allen College philosophy and the School of Nursing program philosophy the graduate will:

  1. Provide basic organizational and systems leadership.
  2. Integrate evidence-based practice in nursing care.
  3. Manage healthcare data, information, knowledge, and technology.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of healthcare policy, finance, and regulatory environments.
  5. Facilitate inter-professional communication and collaboration in healthcare teams.
  6. Use patient-centered strategies when delivering care to diverse individuals and populations.
  7. Model the professional role.
  8. Use data to monitor outcomes and improve care.
  9. Deliver safe care through system effectiveness and individual performance.
  10. Synthesize knowledge from liberal and baccalaureate nursing education to guide generalist practice.

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.

The Iowa Code (Chapter 147.3) states that conviction of certain felonies will make an individual ineligible for licensure. Previous conviction of a felony does not automatically bar an individual from eligibility for licensure. After completion of a nursing education program, the student will file an application for licensure with a state board of nursing. At that time, the board of nursing may review any felony convictions to determine eligibility for licensure.