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Allen College appears in these rankings:

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20 Best Value Colleges and Universities in Iowa 2018

Allen College is a small nursing school with an enrollment rate of fewer than 600 students. This private college opened in Waterloo, Iowa in 1925 as the Allen Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. It served as a branch of the hospital of the same name and gave students the chance to work in the hospital as part of their studies. Just a few years after opening, the Great Depression led to the school closing its doors because few students could afford the cost of its programs. The school opened its doors again in the 1940s and eventually became Allen College in the late 1990s.

The college now offers three programs in nursing that allow students to earn a bachelor's, master's or PhD degree. It also offers programs in radiography at the associate's level and other programs in medicine, including nuclear medicine technology and public health. There is also an occupational health therapy program available. Allen College created an Office of Diversity Services as a way to increase the number of minority and male students enrolled in its programs and to help less traditional students study nursing. Most of the students attending this college live in Waterloo or the surrounding county. Though Allen College accepts students from other states, it requires that those students meet the licensing requirements in their own states.

Allen College Accreditation Details

As a college that specializes in nursing programs, you would expect that Allen College has accreditation for its nursing options. Not only does the college have specialty accreditation for its BSN program, but it also has specialty accreditation for some of its other medical programs and regional accreditation too. Its regional accreditation comes from the organization called the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS), which means that the college has the right to give you a degree for completing your program of study. The college also has accreditation for its nursing, radiography and nuclear medicine technology programs. Those forms of accreditation come from the Accreditation Commission for Nursing in Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology and Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology.

Allen College Application Requirements

Applying to Allen College requires that you know which program you want to study before you enroll. Each program and department can set its own rules regarding how you apply. Most undergrad programs are open to those who have a high school diploma or a GED, but the college will also admit those who went through a home school program. All grad programs require that students have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Allen College typically only enrolls students currently living in the state. If you live outside of the state, you will need to apply to the program of your choice, ensure that the program meets all the requirements for training medical professionals in your state and talk with the college before classes start.

Allen College gives you the option of filling out its application for admissions entirely online. You'll need to create a unique account that includes a password and user name and provide the college with a valid email address. The application asks about where you went to school, any experience you have outside of school, your current address and the type of classes you want to take. You may need to supply the college with a transcript from your high school and a copy of your SAT or ACT score. Those applying to one of the graduate or PhD programs must also submit an official college transcript from an accredited college or university and a score from the GMAT or a similar test.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Allen College charges the same rate for all undergrad students. The school charges a tuition rate of $588 per semester credit hour. You must also pay a $51 fee per credit hour fee for all clinical or laboratory courses that you take each semester. As Allen College is part of several professional organizations, it allows students to join those organizations. You'll pay up to $45 for membership in each of those organizations. Other fees and your personal expenses can add as much as $500 to the costs you face every semester.

The college offers a number of different scholarships. Some are available for those who earned a bachelor's degree from Allen College and want to enroll in a graduate program, and other scholarships are available to those enrolling in its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. You should file the FAFSA before completing the scholarship application. In addition to traditional grants and loans, Allen College financial aid counselors can also help students learn more about alternative student loans and help them apply for those loans to cover some of their other costs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

One of the more popular bachelor's programs available through Allen College is its BSN program. The college recommends that students take a campus tour and learn more about the program before enrolling. The program focuses on training nurses to work in a host of different communities and to work in various organizations and facilities too. Some of its graduates work in rural health clinics, but other nurses work in urban facilities. The program also helps students gain the skills necessary to pass the licensing exam required of all working nurses.

The traditional program requires that students complete 51 credits of general education courses at an accredited college or university before enrolling. They then take 73 credits at Allen College over the course of five semesters. These courses include health assessment, nutrition, fundamentals of clinical nursing, pediatric nursing, adult nursing and nursing leadership. The college waives some requirements for those who already work as licensed practical nurses.

The accelerated BSN program allows students to finish the BSN program in just 15 months. It features many of the same classes as the traditional program but lets students take a combination of both online courses and classes that meet on campus. This is one of the few programs that meets during the summer months too. Allen College also offers an LPN to BSN program that makes it easier for those with LPN experience and a nursing license to complete a BSN degree.


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