|Accreditation||Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission|
|Program length||20 months|
|Credits to graduate||70 credits|
|Transfer credit||Up to 52 approved credits|
|Format||Hybrid delivery; online general education classes + core on-campus courses|
|Pathways||Degree pathways to continue your education (BSN, RN to MSN)|
Classes & curriculum details
Required coursework for the Nashville associate in nursing program includes nursing support courses in healthcare and science, hands-on clinical and laboratory training, general education classes, and personal and professional development courses.
Can I take any courses online? Yes, you may complete general education courses online. However, your required nursing classes must be completed on campus in Nashville, as there is crucial hands-on instructional training necessary to help you succeed as a registered nurse.
|Associate of Science in Nursing||20||70|
i. Average number of months for students to complete program
Required Courses in Nursing
42.00 semester credit hours are required.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in the ASN/AASN program must complete a minimum of 26.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. The Herzing University General Education offerings are listed below. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for additional information on general education requirement. 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications EN 104 English Composition I EN 111 Information Literacy 11.00 Semester Credit Hours in in Science SC 154 Anatomy and Physiology I for Nurses SC 254 Anatomy and Physiology II for Nurses SC 166 Microbiology 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities HU 140 Cultural Diversity 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics MA 109 College Algebra 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social or Behavioral Science PS 105 Developmental Psychology * Transfer students may transfer courses that are within 1.00 semester credit hour of the courses listed above to meet these discipline requirements. Any resulting deficiency in the total of 26.00 semester credit hours required in general education may be made up with general education electives from any of the listed disciplines. Science courses being transferred in from other institutions must meet the nursing program science requirements.
Special General Education Grading Requirements
The following general education courses must be completed with a grade of "C" (70%) or better for a student to continue in the nursing program.
The following science courses must be completed with a grade of "B" (80%) or better. Only two attempts are permitted for each course and a student who fails to successfully complete in the maximum attempts is subject to dismissal from the nursing program.
A student who is dropped from the nursing program for failing to achieve the minimum grade specified in the courses listed above, but who otherwise meets the academic standards of the University may transfer to another Herzing degree program and/or may appeal to reapply to the ASN/AASN nursing program in a future semester
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
To be considered for admission into the ASN program in Nashville, you must meet the following criteria:
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED, or GED)
- Minimum GPA of 2.5i
- Earn a minimum score of 58.7 on the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from the Assessment Technology Institute (ATI)
If you do not meet the GPA or TEAS requirements, you may be eligible for our Associate in General Studies - Pre-Nursing program as an alternative pathway. Please contact admissions for further details.
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.
Earning your associate degree is the first step to becoming an RN
Getting an associate’s degree in nursing (sometimes referred to as ADN or ASN) qualifies you to take the NCLEX-RN exam and become a registered nurse. Registered nurses with associate degrees are in demand from healthcare organizations throughout the U.S.
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 doctors
We offer degree pathways to help you reach as high as you want to climb in the field of nursing.
Now is a great time to begin earning the education you need to find a great job in healthcare, build a foundation for career growth and make an impact in your community.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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, Nashville, 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.
Accreditations & disclosures
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 2021. 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.