Associate in Nursing (ASN)
Birmingham, Alabama

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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 May 5.
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Curriculum

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 become a registered nurse.

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Requirements

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

Careers

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.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Answer:

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.

Answer:
  • 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). 

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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.

Answer:

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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.

Answer:

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.

Accreditation

Accreditation & Disclosure

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, www.abn.alabama.gov).

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, www.acenursing.org). 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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Birmingham Campus

280 West Valley Avenue
Birmingham, Alabama 35209

 (205) 791-5860

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