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A new RN to BSN 3+1 agreement between North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) and the University of Iowa (UI) allows NIACC nursing graduates to seamlessly transfer to UI’s College of Nursing to finish their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree in one year.

Under the RN to BSN 3+1 structure, nursing students can stay at NIACC for three years and then complete their BSN degree in only one year through the UI’s online RN-BSN program.

Students in their fifth term of the nursing program at NIACC, who have at least a 3.0 GPA, will have the opportunity for early, automatic admission into the Iowa RN-BSN program where they can complete their final year of studies. Others can be admitted based on their application.

Ranked fourth in the country, the University of Iowa’s RN-BSN program provides access to baccalaureate education for nurses throughout the state. Nurses who graduate from this online program acquire knowledge and skills that help enhance their ability to provide quality care to diverse patient populations that have increasingly complex health care needs.

This new 3+1 partnership is significant for NIACC graduates who wish to pursue their BSN. It will provide enhanced opportunities for unparalleled leadership experience and broaden their career trajectory, all while allowing students to continue working in their communities as they complete their degree.