Advance your nursing skills—and your career
- Program length: 16-18 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
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.
There are many types of nursing careers that may interest you. In addition to working in general healthcare practice, RNs also can specialize in areas such as pediatric care, geriatric care, OBGYN, trauma, ER and many, many more. Take our nursing personality quiz to find out what specialty might be best for you.
How much do registered nurses with an associate degree make?
Registered nurses earn an average annual salary of $75,510 per year ($36.30 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Averages may vary widely based on the state of employment, where you work and the demand for RN’s in your area. The job outlook is bright— according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than 1 million jobs for RNs by 2022.
Nurses with a BSN tend to earn slightly more than nurses with an ASN—however, ASN nurses with several years of experience often earn more than BSN nurses.
Nursing career pathways: routes to furthering your nursing career
Depending on who you are and who you want to be, you may consider many different options with Herzing University:
- I want to become an RN fast. The LPN to ASN program is your fastest path to earning your degree, sit for the NCLEX-RN and become a registered nurse.
- LPN to BSN program. You may elect to begin working towards your bachelor’s degree in nursing. This option is available at four Herzing University campuses: Brookfield, Wisconsin, Kenosha, Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. This might be the best choice if you plan to work towards a career in nursing management or leadership.
- Online RN to BSN program. After earning your ASN you may want to return to school someday to earn your BSN. The RN to BSN program can help you do so in 1 year or less.
Herzing’s goal is to help you grow into the career you’ve always wanted and our nursing programs are designed to help you achieve it.
LPN to Associate in Nursing Program Curriculum
Advancing your nursing skills and training through Herzing University has multiple paths. For LPNs seeking to become Registered Nurses (RN) there are a couple of options.
Herzing University in Akron offers the LPN to AASN Bridge program which requires about 73 credits and typically takes about 16 months to complete.
Herzing's Birmingham, Alabama, campus offers the Associate in Nursing (ASN) LPN to RN bridge program which requires about 72 credits to complete and typically takes about 16 months to complete. Your prior work, academic, military and professional training may provide additional options.
Herzing University - Orlando, Florida campus offers the Associate in Nursing (ASN) "Bridge to ASN" program, which requires about 72 credits and can typically take 18 months to complete. Both ASN degree program coursework include a significant amount of clinical training and course cover topics like management and pharmacology.
LPN to Associate in Nursing Degree Programs
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To be considered for admission into the LPN to 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
While Herzing University does not offer a traditional "RN diploma" program, we do offer a unique pre-nursing diploma program (Diploma in General Studies - Pre-Nursing) for students looking to increase their GPA and qualify for nursing school. The program is available at our Wisconsin campuses in Brookfield, Kenosha and Madison.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.