IOWA NURSING LICENSE 

Important Note: Nursing licensure and practice requirements are subject to change. Nursing License Map makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official source is the State Board of Nursing. Make sure to confirm licensing requirements with the Iowa State Board of Nursing before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/20/2015

Nursing Licenses in Iowa Master’s Required?
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Y
Registered Nurse (RN) N
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) N

Iowa Nursing Salary Average

Licensed Nursing Assistant: $25,310
Licensed Practice Nurse: $38,220
Registered Nurse: $53,520
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse: > $80,000*

*The Salary of an advanced practice nurse in Iowa can vary widely based upon specialization. Learn more about Iowa nursing salary.

Learn about financial aid options for nurses on our nursing scholarships and grants page.

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There are many paths to become 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 let us know!

Compact State Status

Iowa is a Nursing Licensure Compact State.

Prescriptive Authority in Iowa

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses may apply for prescriptive authority for Schedule II-V controlled substances.

Iowa Nursing Licensure Renewal

Nurses should check their wallet card or Iowa Online Verification System to determine the expiration date of their registered nurse (R.N.) license. Fees are $99 every three years, due 30 days prior to the 15th of the licensee’s birth month.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) in Iowa

Education
Master’s Degree in Nursing

Examination
Varies for Different Certifications

Fees
$81 Application fee, $50 Background Check Fee, Certification Examination Fee (Varies for Different Certifications)

Experience
Varies for Different Certifications

Certification Required
National Certification in Specialty Area

Renewal
Advanced practice nurse fees are $81 per certification. The APN is only required to meet the continuing education (CE) requirements of their national certifying organization. APNs who treat dependent adults or children in Iowa are required to complete training for the identification and reporting of abuse. R.N.’s are required to complete at least two hours of training every five years. The board of nursing requires the licensee to document completion of the training requirements at the time of renewal.

Additional Information
An Active Registered Nurse License from a Compact State Is Required

 

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

Experience
None

Renewal
R.N.’s must have 36 contact hours or 3.6 continuing education units (CEUs) to renew every three years. Renewal of licenses issued for less than three years require 24 contact hours or 2.4 CEUs. R.N.’s treating dependent adults or children in Iowa are required to complete an abuse recognition reporting course. This training requires two hours every three years.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals Licensed as a Registered Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $119 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.

 

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

Experience
None

Renewal
LPNs must have 36 contact hours or 3.6 continuing education units (CEUs) to renew every three years. Renewal of licenses issued for less than three years require 24 contact hours or 2.4 CEUs. LPNs treating dependent adults or children in Iowa are required to complete an abuse recognition reporting course. This training requires two hours every three years.

Additional Information
None

Endorsement
Individuals Licensed as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Another State May Apply for Licensure through Endorsement, Subject to Board Approval. A $119 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.