Iowa Western Community College

Iowa Western Community College

Health Care Training in Western Iowa
Admissions: (800) 432-5852

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Healthcare jobs are some of the fastest growing in the country, and it’s predicted that Iowa will see thousands of openings as the Baby Boomer population ages. Iowa Western Community College is seeking to meet this demand, with programs in the areas of dental hygiene, dental assisting, nursing and surgical technology. There are an abundance of healthcare jobs in western Iowa towns such as Sidney, Hamburg, Clarinda, Glenwood, Council Bluffs, Atlantic, Missouri Valley, Logan, and Harlan.

Dental Assisting job training

The Dental Assistant program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the ten-month diploma. Dental Assistants aid dentists by performing support duties for the treatment of patients during dental procedures.

Dental Hygiene job training

Graduates of Iowa Western’s Dental Hygiene program are some of the most prepared in the area, boasting a 99 percent board pass-rate on national exams, a 95 percent board pass-rate on regional and state exams, and 100 percent pass-rate on the jurisprudence exam. Successful candidates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree that prepares them to complete both the National Board Examination and a state or regional exam.

Medical Assistant job training

The fast-paced world of medicine requires the best training available, and you can get that with Iowa Western’s Medical Assistant program. You’ll leave Iowa Western prepared to become an administrative and clinical assistant in physicians’ offices. Graduates of this program are awarded a diploma and become eligible to take the American Association of Medical Assistants examination to become a Certified Medical Assistant.

Nursing Assistant job training

The Nursing Assistant Certificate program of study is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of this four-month certificate. The certificate program prepares students for entry-level jobs in healthcare as nurse aids in hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities. The national job market for nurse aids is large and growing steadily, with more opportunities for nurse aids in nursing care facilities than in hospitals. 

Nursing: Associate Degree

Iowa Western students begin their nursing education by first enrolling in the Practical Nursing program before moving on to the Associate Degree Nursing program. The program offers real-life experiences and is very much hands-on. There are 12 hours per week of clinical LPN work and 16 hours per week for RN work. That means you’ll be fully prepared for entry-level staff nursing positions.

Nursing: Practical Nursing

The Licensed Practical Nursing program is designed to place students into the workforce upon completion of the one-year diploma. Practical Nurses care for the sick, injured, convalescent, and disabled under the direction of physicians and registered nurses. They are responsible for providing basic bedside care, such as taking vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, and pulse), treating pressure ulcers, administering injections, and applying dressings.

Physical Therapist Assistant job training

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) curriculum prepares graduates to perform physical therapy services under the direction and supervision of a physical therapist (PT). Students benefit from a small class size and faculty team of PTs and PTAs with diverse experience in orthopedics, geriatrics, wound care and pediatrics.

Surgical Technology job training

The Surgical Technology Program is designed to prepare students to become skilled operating room technicians. In this program, you will practice under the supervision of a Physician or Surgical Technologist, functioning as a member of the surgical team. You will learn sterile technique, operative procedures, human anatomy and physiology, and microbiology as applied to surgery.

Continuing Education Health Occupations

Iowa Western can meet your continuing education requirements through quality program offerings and instructors; networking opportunities and friendly, helpful staff. Iowa Western offers a variety of ever-changing updated programs like: Allied Health, CareerStep Online Education Programs, Nursing & CEU’s, Mandatory Reporting, Long Term Care, Environmental Health, Funeral Directors and Certificate Programs. 

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Council Bluffs Campus

Iowa Western Community College
2700 College Road
Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Clarinda Campus

Office of Admissions 
Iowa Western Community College 
923 East Washington Street 
Clarinda, IA 51632 

Shelby County Center

Iowa Western Community College
1901 Hawkeye Ave. Suite 102
Harlan, IA 51537

Cass County Center

Iowa Western Community College
705 Walnut Street
Atlantic, IA 50022

Page/Fremont County Center

Iowa Western Community College
1001 West Sheridan
Shenandoah, IA 51601

Contact Information


(800) 432-5852

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(712) 329-4743