Associate Degree in Nursing
ASN Program

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-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.

Nursing Associate Degree Program Highlights

  • Offered at multiple campus locations
  • 3 start-dates per year
  • Direct acceptance
  • Learn from experienced, accessible faculty
  • Prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination to become a licensed registered nurse

With Herzing, you can prepare for your nursing career by earning an associate degree in nursing at one of three campus locations. The Associate of Science in Nursing, offered through Herzing University's Birmingham, Alabama and Orlando, Florida campuses and Associate of Applied Science in Nursing offered through the Akron, Ohio 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.

Classes start January 6.
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Herzing's RN prep associate degree coursework includes hands-on clinical training and courses covering topics like management and pharmacology. For specific classes, click through to one of our three campus programs:

Earning either the ASN or AASN nursing degree requires about 74 credits based on the location, and typically takes about 20-24 months to finish the program depending on your transfer credits.


Admission requirements for the Herzing University ASN program can vary by campus, but typical standards include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent with at least a 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Achieve at least a composite score of 58 on the most current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS); TEAS score must be from within two years of anticipated date of matriculation.

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Can you be an RN with an associate degree?

Yes, earning as associate’s 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.

What can I do as an RN?

RNs help develop and direct treatment plans, counsel patients and family members, ensure patient comfort and serve as the key connection between doctors and patients. An RN can perform diagnostic tests, operate certain medical equipment, consult with a physician on a course of treatment and administer medication.

In addition to working in general healthcare practice, RNs also can specialize in areas such as pediatric care, geriatric care, OBGYN, trauma, ER and many, many more.

How much do associate degree nurses make?

Registered nurses earn an average annual salary of $75,510 per year ($36.30 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Averages may vary widely based on the state of employment, where you work and the demand for RN’s in your area. The job outlook is bright— according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than 1 million jobs for RNs by 2022.

Nurses with a BSN tend to earn slightly more than nurses with an ASN—however, ASN nurses with several years of experience often earn more than BSN nurses.

Career pathways: there are many routes to furthering your nursing 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 16 months.  
  • I am a CNA. Our ASN program is your fastest path to becoming an RN.
  • I am a LPN. We offer an LPN to Associate in Nursing programs in Birmingham, Alabama and Orlando, Florida.



An associate degree in nursing is the fastest college-level path to qualifying for the NCLEX exam and becoming an RN. It typically takes 2-3 years to complete. At Herzing University in Orlando, students can complete the program in less than 2 years (about 22 months). Our Akron and Birmingham associate degree programs typically take 20-24 months.

If you aren’t quite ready to jump into college classwork, you may consider a diploma program to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and work your way towards the next level in your nursing education.

  • 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). 


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.


No, not quite. You become a licensed registered nurse when you pass the NCLEX exam and meet all the board of nursing requirements.

Getting your associate degree is one step in the process to get there.


The biggest difference between a RN diploma and an associate degree 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 a 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.


It’s a question of:

  1. What your goals are
  2. How quickly you want to reach them

If your goal is to become an 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 an associate and bachelor degree.


You can become a registered nurse (RN) if you pass the NCLEX and meet the board requirements. Once you become an RN you can work in any part of a hospital, including the NICU, emergency room or ICU.

Earning an associate’s degree in nursing will also position you for potential job opportunities outside the hospital, including hospice care, home services, rehab centers, schools, nursing homes or other clinical environments.

If you’re looking ahead to possibly work as a nurse manager, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife you’ll want to start thinking about earning your master’s degree – in which case you may consider a BSN program.


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.


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.

Registered nurses on average earn $75,510 per year ($36.30 per hour) nationwide, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics—although estimates will vary based on your state of employment. Find the average BSN nurse salary in your state.


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Herzing University wants to empower you to reach your educational goals. We can help you earn an associate’s degree which is the first step to becoming a registered nurse. Give us a call at 800-596-0724 or request for more information to begin your new career.


What costs should I expect for tuition?

You aren’t alone. An affordable, career-focused education is within your reach. We strive to make college more affordable for everyone.

Financial aid options:

  • Student loans & secured loans. Loans offer a way to pay for all or part of your tuition.
  • Scholarships. We offer a variety of scholarships based on academic achievement, financial need or community affiliations – in 2018 Herzing University awarded $5 million in scholarships to nursing students. Contact an admissions advisor about current scholarship opportunities by calling 1-800-596-0724 or request for information online.
  • Clinical partner grants. We partner with clinical facilities all over the United States. Many partners are offered a tuition grant for employees who attend Herzing University.

Your path to becoming a registered nurse with an associate degree begins by advancing your education. You can find an estimate for tuition for the associate degree program using Herzing University’s tuition wizard.

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Program Outcomes:


Completion Rate - 2018

Pass Rate - 2018 (NCSBN Report)

Job Placement Rate 

Akron Campus: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing 59.7%93.65%79.17%
Orlando Campus: Associate of Science in Nursing67%81.68%96.77%

Note (1): NCLEX Pass Rate is based on first time exam takers from January 1, 2018 through December 31st.

Note (2): Program Completion Rate is the number of students who complete the program in no more than 150% of the stated program length beginning with enrollment in the first nursing course. Completion rate percentage represents cohorts graduating in the year 2018.

Note (3): Program Employment Rate is based on students who graduated the Associate of Science in Nursing program from July 2017 through June 2018, and who found employment or were not eligible for employment as defined by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

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