Associate in Nursing (ASN) Program
Birmingham, Alabama


Start your nursing career in Birmingham with an associate degree

One of the quickest paths to becoming a registered nurse is pursuing an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing (ASN). Herzing University’s ASN program in Birmingham, Alabama provides the education you need to pass the NCLEX-RN, become a licensed registered nurse and begin your new career.

Already a licensed practical nurse (LPN)? Our Birmingham campus also offers an LPN to RN bridge program to help you earn an associate’s degree and become a registered nurse more quickly.

Birmingham ASN program highlights

  • 3 start-dates per year
  • Direct acceptance - no waiting list or petitioning
  • Learn from experienced, accessible faculty
  • Prepare for the NCLEX-RN examination to become a licensed registered nurse

Our accredited ASN program in Birmingham equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to pass the NCLEX-RN, meet board of nursing requirements and become an RN.

How long does the Birmingham ASN program take?

The Herzing University Birmingham Associate’s of Science in Nursing degree program requires a minimum of 72 credit hours in order to graduate, which takes students 2 years or less, usually 20-24 months. If you have any credits to transfer from prior college education you may be able to reduce the time needed to complete the program.

Classes start January 6.
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Required coursework for the program includes:

  • Nursing support courses in healthcare and science
  • Hands-on clinical and laboratory training
  • General education classes – yes, gen eds are important!
  • Personal and professional development courses

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Can I take any courses online?

Yes, you may complete general education courses online. However, your required nursing classes must be completed on campus, as there is crucial hands-on instructional training necessary to help you to become a registered nurse.


Admission requirements for the Birmingham ASN program 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.

*NOTE: If an applicant has completed less than 12 semester credit hours (SCH) or equivalent quarter hours of college courses, the high school GPA is used in the calculation. If an applicant has completed 12 semester credit hours or more of college courses, the college GPA is used in the calculation. An applicant that has a GED and less than 12 semester credit hours of college credits is considered to meet the GPA requirement.

It’s our goal to help you start your new career. The first thing we’ll do is sit down with you, provide an overview of the program and answer any questions you may have—and we’ll give you a tour of the Birmingham campus during your visit!

Questions? Schedule a call with an advisor


Earning your Associate Degree is the first step to becoming an RN

Getting an associate’s degree in nursing (sometimes referred to as ADN) qualifies you to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become a registered nurse. Registered nurses with associate degrees are in high demand from healthcare organizations in Birmingham and throughout Alabama.

What you can do as a registered nurse

Registered nurses are the backbone of the day-to-day operations in many different types of healthcare settings. You’ll wear a lot of hats and be expected to handle a wide variety of tasks, including:

  • Develop and direct treatment plans
  • Communicate with patients and family members
  • Perform diagnostic tests
  • Operate medical equipment
  • Serve as the key connection between patients and other healthcare providers

RN’s may specialize in many different areas, including pediatrics, geriatrics, OBGYN, ER, trauma and much more.

How much does a registered nurse make in Alabama?

Registered nurses in Alabama earn an average annual salary of $59,470 per year ($28.59 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The job outlook is strong, as registered nurses are projected to be one of the most in-demand jobs in the country in coming years. The BLS estimates a 15% increase in employment from 2016-2026.

Can I make a higher salary with a bachelor’s degree?

Because a BSN provides more education for the role, nurses with a BSN will earn a slightly higher salary on average than a nurse with only an associate’s degree.

Should you decide to pursue a BSN in the future, Herzing University offers an RN to BSN program online to bridge you towards the next level in your education.


The Associate of Science in Nursing-Birmingham (ASNBHM) program at the Birmingham Campus is provisionally approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing (RSA Plaza, 770 Washington Avenue, Suite 250, Montgomery, Alabama, 36104, 334-293-5200,

Consequently, graduates of the ASNBHM program are eligible to sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCLEX-RN) licensing exam upon successful completion of the program. Passing this exam allows graduates to apply to the State Board of Nursing for licensure as a registered nurse.

The ASNBHM program at the Birmingham Campus does not have specialized programmatic accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia, 30326, 404-975-5000, No representation has been made as to when or if such accreditations will be obtained. New and current students should not plan on the program having said accreditation at the time they graduate. Some employers may prefer applicants from programs that have ACEN accreditation. Students are advised to consult with employers of preference as to the importance of this accreditation on their hiring decisions.

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Come visit our Birmingham campus for a personalized look at our ASN program to get a feel for the school and our learning environment. We are located just south of downtown off of I-65 on W Valley Avenue.

Birmingham Campus

280 West Valley Avenue
Birmingham, Alabama 35209

 (205) 791-5860

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