Founded in 1966, Kirkwood Community College has the most credit programs in Iowa. There are more than 120 programs available. It is regionally accredited by the NCA, and the ADA for dental assisting, dental hygiene, and dental laboratory technology. It is also accredited by JR-CEND for electroneurodiagnostic technology, AHIMA for health information technology, AAMAE for medical assisting, APTA for physical therapy assisting, and ARCST for surgical technology. Kirkwood has ten locations across seven counties. It has the only Dental Technology program in the Midwest and the only Floral Careers program in Iowa. Students can also choose from 5 complete online degree programs. The college also offers adult accelerated learning classes and 16 career academies that allow high school students to earn college credit. International students can participate in the college’s award-winning English Language Acquisition program.
Kirkwood has one of the only health care simulation centers in Iowa, where students can get hands-on experience in emergency situations. It is also one of the only community colleges in the state that has a cadaver lab. There is also an impressive state-of-the-art education center that has classrooms and vocational labs.Kirkwood also offers unique opportunities for students who are interested in the hospitality industry. The Kirkwood Center is a luxuriously appointed hotel and conference facility and one of the only teaching hotels in the country. Kirkwood is also home to the Iowa Equestrian Center and the National Mass Fatalities Institute, two impressive complexes where students can have unique learning experiences.
Students can also participate in one of Kirkwood’s study abroad programs or make use of the free tutoring services. The Advising & Transfer Center helps students with anything from choosing classes to transferring to a four year school. Academic assistance is also available through Learning Services and Kirkwood offers accommodations for students with disabilities.