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Is there a difference between ADN, ASN and AASN programs?

  • ASN: Associates of Science in Nursing
  • ADN: Associates Degree in Nursing
  • AASN: Associates of Applied Science in Nursing

For the purposes of being eligible for the NCLEX exam and becoming a registered nurse, there isn’t much of a difference between these types of degrees. Either way you will get an associate degree and be qualified to become an RN.

In general, higher education institutions determine the terminology to use based on the nature of their program and what they emphasize as a priority.

As a career-focused organization, Herzing University stresses the importance of real, engaging coursework to prepare you for a job in the field—so we offer an Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN) at our Birmingham and Orlando campuses, and our Ohio campus offers an Associates of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN). 

Compare ADN vs. BSN and discover the difference between the two undergraduate degree paths for nurses.

Learn more about our ASN program

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