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Associate Degree in Nursing
ASN Program

Earn an associate in nursing and become possible

  • Program length: 20-24 months
  • Transfer up to 54 approved credits
  • Offered at multiple campus locations
  • Online general education classes + core on-campus courses
  • Degree pathways to continue your education (BSN, MSN)
  • Prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination to become a licensed registered nurse
Waived enrollment fee Classes start May 10th
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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.

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 May 10th

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Locations

Offered at 3 Herzing campus locations:

Herzing University Akron Ohio Campus
  • Program length: 20 months
  • Classes:View the curriculum
  • Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)
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  • Program length: 24 months
  • Classes:View the curriculum
  • Degree: Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
Herzing University Orlando Florida Campus
  • Program length: 22 months
  • Classes:View the curriculum
  • Degree: Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
Requirements
Requirements

Enrollment requirements

To be considered for admission into the ASN program, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED) and meet any of the below requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and meet a minimum composite score on the most current version of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). TEAS score must be from within three years of anticipated date of matriculation
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum score of 21 on the ACT
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (no entrance test!)

* Minimum TEAS score varies by campus – contact your campus for more information. Students with 12 or more transferable collegiate credits will be assessed on their collegiate cumulative GPA. Candidates with a GED or HSED will be assessed a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

Classes Start May 10th

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Careers

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:

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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 ADN vs. BSN and discover what's best for you.

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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.

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.

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 $77,460 per year ($37.24 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.

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.

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.

 

With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:

You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.

  • 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.

Disclosures
Accreditations

Accreditations & Disclosures

Program Outcomes:
ProgramCompletion Rate - 2019Pass Rate - 2019 (NCSBN ReportJob Placement Rate - 2019
Akron Campus: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing 58.4%77.78%83.02%
Orlando Campus: Associate of Science in Nursing61.5%83.67%90.11%

Note (1): NCLEX Pass Rate is based on first time exam takers from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

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 2019.

Note (3): Program Employment Rate is based on students who graduated the Associate of Science in Nursing program from July 2018 through June 2019, 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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Herzing’s nursing courses helped me grow professionally, and my instructors gave constructive feedback that helped ensure my success in the program. I had excellent instructors who were dedicated to helping me learn, and they truly got to know each of their students.
Herzing University - Judith Reilley

Judith Reilley

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