Providing Patient Care

Nurses are known for their caring and sympathetic nature. They use their nursing skills to assist individuals to regain or maintain their health. Interest and training must be strong in the sciences of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, nutrition, math, and psychology.

Ellsworth offers a Practical Nursing diploma program and Associate Degree Nursing (RN) degree program. Ellsworth offers a ladder program in which students must first earn their Practical Nursing diploma before entering the Associate Degree Nursing program. Our Nursing courses cover the areas of medical, surgical, maternal-child, pediatrics, geriatric and mental health nursing at both the PN and ADN levels.

Patient care skills are learned in a supervised lab setting and in simulated clinical experiences. Students receive clinical experience in a variety of settings such as area hospitals, long-term care facilities, and mental health facilities as well as a number of specialty clinical experiences.

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ECC’s Nursing program is accredited by the Iowa Board of Nursing.

Licensure Information


  • Average Annual Salary$45,876

  • Potential Career PathsLicensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Occupational Outlook Handbook

Degrees Available

Associate Degree Nursing, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

2 year

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Practical Nursing Diploma

1 year

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