3+2 Nursing
Dual Degree Program

Loras College and Northeast Iowa Community College jointly offer a 3+2 Nursing Dual Degree Program.

Beginning in Fall 2019, students at Loras College can begin their academic journey as part of the 3+2 Nursing Program. Loras students  interested in healthcare will now have the opportunity to pursue a nursing degree while also completing their Loras bachelor’s degree.

The program offers students the benefit of combining a bachelor’s level degree program with nursing coursework to reflect their specific interests and professional goals. The currently approved undergraduate majors that provide a pathway to the 3+2 Nursing program include kinesiology and Spanish with additional options coming soon.”

– Vice President for Academic Affairs, Donna Heald

Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree from Loras College and their Nursing degree from NICC. 

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3+2 Nursing Program

Loras students complete coursework in general education and their academic major during the first three years at Loras. Also during this time period, students must successfully complete coursework in anatomy and physiology, nutrition, a January term course that qualifies them to take the Certified Nursing Assistant exam, followed by an online dosage calculation course to prepare them to take the Health Education Systems Incorporated (HESI) nursing admission exam.

Students complete their nursing coursework at the NICC Peosta campus typically in their fourth and fifth years and complete their clinical rotations in the Dubuque area.

Upon successful completion of the fifth year, students are awarded their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree from Loras College, their Associate’s Degree in Nursing from NICC and will be eligible to write the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become a registered nurse with the added credential of a bachelor’s degree.

For additional information, feel free to contact Ulrike Schultz, Director of Pre-Health Professions at ulrike.schultz@loras.edu or call 563-588-7255.

Spanish/Nursing Dual Degree Pathway

Students interested in the Kinesiology/Nursing Dual Degree pathway should meet with the Loras College Health Science Advisor for more information about admissions and graduation requirements for both the Loras and NICC programs.

View Spanish210/Nursing Dual Degree Pathway (5 year plan)
View Spanish270/Nursing Dual Degree Pathway (5 year plan)

 

Kinesiology/Nursing Dual Degree Pathway

Students interested in the Kinesiology/Nursing Dual Degree pathway should meet with the Loras College Health Science Advisor for more information about admissions and graduation requirements for both the Loras and NICC programs.

View Kinesiology/Nursing Dual Degree Pathway (5 year plan)
Tuition and Fees

Students will pay Loras College tuition and fees for all five years that they are enrolled in the program. Loras College will pay students’ tuition and fees to NICC. Prior to completion of the HESI exam, students will incur an additional expense for the January Term CNA course (approximately $700) and the online Dosage Calculation course (approximately $200).

Students wanting to take coursework during the summer to lighten their load during the academic year, may do so at their own expense.

Financial Aid

Students accepted to Loras College are awarded a financial aid package based on their high school achievements, their family’s financial need, and any additional scholarships that the student has earned. While student’s financial need may change based on the annual FAFSA results, all merit-based aid from the college will remain intact from year to year (taking into account the parameters of individual scholarship awards)**.

In addition, students entering year five of the program will receive a $6000 Nursing scholarship to support their tuition and fees. Financial aid awards are not able to exceed the cost of tuition.

**Students receiving the Iowa Tuition Grant are capped at 8 semesters for this award. Students receiving tuition remission and tuition exchange are capped at 8 semesters for their award. Students receiving full tuition scholarships are capped at 8 semesters for their award.
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Students participating in the 3+2 Loras/NICC Dual Degree Nursing Program are full-time students enrolled at Loras College for all five years. Coursework taken on the NICC campus will be transcripted by Loras College and NICC.

Semester coursework between the two institutions must be equal to twelve (12) credits or more to insure full-time status. Students must register and complete the equivalent of twelve credits or risk retroactive adjustments to their student aid. Students will be cross-registered for their NICC nursing coursework through the Loras Registrar’s office. NICC courses will be transcripted as a Loras course, with final grades reported and calculated into the Loras GPA. Cross-registered courses require that students follow the policies and procedures associated with the institution administering the coursework (NICC in this instance).