Associate Degree in Nursing

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.

Classes start September 4.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than 1 million jobs for RNs by 2022.

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 pre-operative care, diabetes management, pediatric oncology, geriatric care, ambulatory care and dermatology.


Earn your associate nursing degree in as few as 20 months. Herzing's RN prep associate degree coursework includes hands-on clinical training and courses cover topics like management and pharmacology. For specific classes, download a course sheet for the Associate of Science in Nursing or for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

Earning either of the nursing associate degrees requires about 74 credits, based on the location, and typically takes about 20 months to finish the program.

Ready to take the Next Step?

Apply onlinerequest information or call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about the Herzing University RN program.

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What are the Admissions Requirements? Admission can vary by campus, but typical standards include:

  • High school diploma or equivalent with at least a 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Earning the minimum score on the TEAS exam.


Program Outcomes:


Completion Rate - 2017

Pass Rate - 2017 (NCSBN Report)

Job Placement Rate 

Akron Campus: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing 46.6%91.4%82.86%
Orlando Campus: Associate of Science in Nursing60.5%80%92.0%

Note (1): NCLEX Pass Rate is based on first time exam takers from January 1, 2017 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 2017.

Note (3): Program Employment Rate is based on students who graduated the Associate of Science in Nursing program from September 2016 through August 2017, 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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