Take the next step towards becoming an RN
- Program length: as few as 16 months
- Up to 13 approved block transfer credits
- Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AASN)
- Online general education classes + core on-campus courses in Akron
- Degree pathways to continue your nursing education (BSN, MSN)
- Prepare for the NCLEX-RN exam to become a licensed registered nurse
LPN to AASN program classes & curriculum details
Our LPN to associate in nursing degree program combines theoretical and practical instruction with clinical experiences to provide a holistic foundation in the roles and responsibilities of a professional nurse.
Online & on-campus: the program incorporates online classwork – you may complete general education requirements online. However, core nursing classroom and lab experience must be done on campus in Akron.
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* Program length with 13 block transfer credits
Akron LPN to AASN program enrollment requirements
To be considered for admission into the Herzing University LPN to AASN program in Akron, you must hold a high school diploma or equivalent (Diploma, HSED or GED), an active/unrestricted LPN license from Ohio, 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!)
* 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.
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Carve YOUR rewarding career path as a registered nurse
Earning an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Herzing University in Akron is your ticket to sit for the NCLEX-RN, meet the Ohio Board of Nursing requirements and become a registered nurse.
What does a registered nurse do?
As a registered nurse, you will be the backbone of day-to-day operations, capable of working in many different healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics and other types of medical facilities. Your responsibilities will include:
- Developing and directing treatment plans
- Performing diagnostic tests
- Operating medical equipment
- Communicate with patients and family members
Earning an associate in nursing (AASN, ADN, ASN) and becoming an RN opens many possibilities to pursue different types of nursing specialties, including:
Note: for some specialty job opportunities you may be required to hold a BSN.
How can I advance my career? With Herzing University you have several options to pursue the nursing career of your dreams.
After earning your associate degree and becoming an RN, you may consider an RN to BSN program to earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing—and potentially earn dual credit towards a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree with a few concentration options.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.