Start your career in nursing with an associate degree
It takes a special calling to be a nurse. Registered nurses (RNs) are the first line of care and the backbone of day-to-day operations in many healthcare settings. If you're looking to join this rewarding career field, you can start your path to an entry-level nursing career with Herzing's 20-24 month associate degree nursing program.
Already a licensed practical nurse (LPN)? Our LPN to Associate in Nursing program will help you move from LPN to RN.
With Herzing, you can prepare for your nursing career by earning an associate degree in nursing at one of four campus locations: The Associate of Science in Nursing, offered through Herzing University's Birmingham, Orlando, and Tampa campuses and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing offered through the Akron campus.
As a graduate of our associate nursing program, you'll be prepared to take the National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses exam (NCLEX-RN) and become a licensed registered nurse.
How long will the ASN program take?
You can earn your ASN in less than two years, pending transfer credits. Our associate’s degree in nursing requires a minimum of 72 credits and typically takes 20-24 months to complete.
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Offered at four Herzing campus locations:
To be considered for admission into the ASN program, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED) and meet the following criteria based on your cumulative GPA:
|Cumulative GPAi||Science Requirement||TEASii|
|3.00–3.49||3.00 GPA in college scienceiii||None|
|2.50 and higher||None||Composite TEAS of 58|
i. Students with 18 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Otherwise, the high school GPA will be used.
ii. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI).
iii. Based on your cumulative GPA in these college science courses: Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Biology, Chemistry, and Microbiology. Two of these courses must be used to calculate science GPA. Any of these courses completed must be included in the calculation, and no others. If you do not meet this requirement, you must score a composite score of 58 or higher on the TEAS. A grade of "B" or better must be earned for transfer credit to be awarded for Anatomy & Physiology, regardless of whether it was included in the calculation.
Walk a rewarding career path in nursing
Earning an associate degree in nursing qualifies you to take the NCLEX-RN exam, meet board of nursing requirements and become a registered nurse (RN). The demand for registered nurses with an associate degree is very high and not every employer will require a bachelor’s degree. You’ll have a valuable skillset and qualification in a growing field.
How can I advance my career? Depending on who you are and who you want to be, you may consider many different options:
- I am new to nursing. You may apply for the ASN program. If you already have non-nursing bachelor’s degree, you may consider an accelerated BSN program to get your BSN in nursing in as few as 20 months.
- I am a CNA. Our ASN program is your fastest path to becoming an RN.
- I am a LPN. We offer LPN to Associate in Nursing programs in Akron, OH, Birmingham, AL, Orlando, FL, and Tampa, FL.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a question of:
- What your goals are
- How quickly you want to reach them
If your goal is to go from LPN to RN quickly, the best choice may be an associate’s degree program since you may be able to become an RN in less than 2 years.
If your goal is to become an RN and potentially advance further by working towards a master’s degree in nursing (MSN), your best option is a bachelor’s degree in nursing program.
Read about the most basic differences between ADN vs. BSN and discover what's best for you.
With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:
- Loan options – Federal & private
- Scholarships & grants
- VA / military benefits
- Other sources of financial aid
You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.
Because nurses with a BSN have earned that next degree level and generally have the edge on the job market, they will on average earn a slightly higher salary than nurses with an ASN. However, there are always exceptions; an ASN with several years of an experience may earn a higher salary than an RN with a BSN who is just starting their career.
- ASN: Associate of Science in Nursing
- ADN: Associate Degree in Nursing
- AASN: Associate 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, Orlando, and Tampa campuses, and our Akron 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.
Yes. Demand remains extremely high for all registered nurses, and if you earn an associate degree, pass the NCLEX and meet the board of nursing requirements in your state, you’re one of them.
Nurses with bachelor’s degrees may have an advantage in earning a nursing position at a hospital (especially hospitals seeking Magnet status), but nurses are currently in such high demand many healthcare organizations are eager to hire ASN nurses.
You cannot truly complete any accredited associate degree program in nursing 100% online. There are some programs that offer all online coursework, but in any program you will need to complete a required amount of lab or clinical hours, and that cannot be completed online.
The Herzing University ASN program does offer flexibility to complete your general education classes online. Otherwise the remainder of the program must be completed on campus.
The biggest difference between a RN diploma and an associate degree nursing program is that students in an associate degree program take college courses, and students in a RN diploma program do not. The advantage of an associate degree program is you get a head start on further education—your college course credit will transfer into an online RN to BSN program should you choose to pursue your bachelor’s degree.
Both RN diploma and associate degree programs take about 2-3 years and prepare students for licensure as a registered nurse. However, students with only a diploma have much more time and energy ahead of them to earn their BSN.
Accreditations & Disclosures
|Program||Completion Rate||Pass Rate (NCSBN)*||Job Placement|
|Akron Campus: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing||33.01%||65.96%||81.25%|
|Orlando/Tampa Campus: Associate of Science in Nursing||42.49%||76.39%||94.05%|
Note (1): NCLEX Pass Rate is based on first time exam takers from January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021.
*Official Data is still under review by NCSBN.
Note (2): Program Completion Rate calculation for students who complete the program of study on-time begins with calculating enrollment on the first day of the first nursing course and ends with completion of course required for conferral of the degree. Data presented is in the aggregate for students who started nursing courses in 2019.
Note (3): Program Employment Rate is based on students who graduated the Associate of Science in Nursing program from July 2020 through June 2021, and who found employment or were not eligible for employment as defined by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.