Help Make A Difference As A Professional Nurse

Professional Nursing Associate's Degree (ADN)

Our Professional Nursing Associate's degree (ADN) can help start your career path to becoming a registered nurse (RN). With curriculum that includes NCLEX prep work throughout all your degree courses, you become prepared to pass the NCLEX-RN exam and become a registered nurse.

Many of our campuses do not have a waiting list for qualified candidates and you are not required to complete pre-nursing courses, so you can apply today to start earning your nursing degree.

Designed to Help You Become a Registered Nurse

Our Professional Nursing Associate's degree focuses on providing the highest quality education to prepare you for a successful career as a registered nurse (RN):

  • Clinical partnerships: teach you in-demand, high-touch, and patient-focused skills to prepare you for a variety of healthcare environments, including hospitals, physicians' offices, home healthcare services, nursing care facilities, schools, summer camps, and with the military
  • Small class sizes: whether in a clinical or campus-based class, you receive personalized attention and hands-on learning
  • Nursing faculty: provide a well-rounded perspective of today's healthcare industry and patient care techniques through their first-hand industry insights and academic leadership experience

Complete the form on the right to reserve your seat in our free Nursing Information Session and learn more about becoming a student in our Professional Nursing Associate's degree.

*Time to complete is dependent on number of credits transferred in and credits taken per quarter.

Program Highlights
  • $150 resources fee includes: course materials, uniform and your NCLEX testing fee
  • No-hassle enrollment process with supportive nursing program managers who walk you through the entire enrollment process and provide a customized degree plan
  • Career services advisors can help you narrow your job options so you start the nursing career you want

Nursing Courses

In order to become a nurse, you will need to be an attentive student no matter where you go to nursing school. Nurses are needed to think and act swiftly in order to match their patients’ needs. The skills you develop at Rasmussen College will enable you to perform your duties to the best of your ability.

  • Learn to provide exceptional patient care with professional confidence
  • Gain experience in hospitals, home healthcare, clinics, nursing homes and hospice care
  • Ability to collaborate and manage care
  • Prepare for clinical decision making and care interventions

Sample Course List

Nutritional Principles in Nursing
This course introduces the student to the chemical processes that occur on a cellular level related to nutrient intake and digestion. Emphasis is placed on the concept of Metabolism and the body's ability to meet basic health and wellness needs as it pertains to a diverse set of clients across the life span. Students will be introduced to basic physiological concepts and are encouraged to explore Clinical and Nursing Judgment, Education and Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. Special emphasis is placed on Growth and Development, Cellular Regulation, and clinical nutrition in order to prepare the student to critically apply these principles throughout the nursing program in the form of knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Fundamentals of Professional Nursing
This course is comprised of a theory, lab, and clinical component where professional nursing students are introduced to the fundamental concepts and nursing abilities required to meet basic health and wellness needs. The theoretical basis for patient-centered care, functional ability, and basic physiologic concepts are presented. Emphasis is placed on skills related to mobility, elimination, gas exchange, inflammation, infection, tissue integrity, glucose regulation, thermoregulation, and pain. This course will continue to build upon the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to provide safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan with a special emphasis on attitudes required to master communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based practice, clinical judgment, professionalism, and nursing informatics. The student must demonstrate proficiency in a variety of nursing skills in order to successfully complete this course.
Maternal Child Health Nursing
This course consists of both a theory and clinical component that focus on the Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes required to function in the appropriate role of the beginning Professional Registered Nurse in an acute care Obstetrics/Maternity Setting, Pediatric Setting, or similar environment. Emphasis is placed on Reproduction as well as Growth and Development. Special Emphasis is placed on Surgical Integrity, Glucose Regulation, Infection Control, and Patient-Centered Care as it applies to this diverse group of clients. The theoretical basis for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, in conjunction with specific pharmacologic therapies for these clients will be examined. Students are required to critically apply all previously introduced Health and Wellness Concepts, as well as Metabolism, Education, Health Promotion, and Clinical Judgment, to content-specific exemplars presented in this course. The student must achieve proficiency in a variety of nursing skills and attitudes, inclusive of psychomotor skills and affective interactions in the clinical setting, in order to successfully complete this course.
Role, Scope, Quality, and Leadership in Professional Nursing
This course is comprised of a theory and clinical component where students are able to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained throughout the Professional Nursing Program. Emphasis is placed on Clinical Judgment, Professionalism, Quality Improvement, and Leadership. In order to successfully complete this course, the student must exhibit appropriate characteristics in the clinical setting related to Communication, Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Advocacy, Patient-Centered Care, Evidence-Based Practice, Education, Health Promotion, and Motivational Wellness. The student must also demonstrate proficiency in all knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide, safe, quality care for a diverse set of clients across the lifespan at the level of a beginning graduate Professional Registered Nurse to complete this course.
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Estimated Program Cost

  •   Full Time Part Time
  • Upper Division Credits

    Upper division courses

    Upper Division courses are either listed as 300-400 or 3000-4000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $310
  • Lower Division Credits

    Lower division courses

    Lower Division courses are either listed as 100-200 or 1000-2000 level, depending on the state.

    $299 $395
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    Estimated Tuition Price

    Price if you are continuously enrolled in your program of study until graduation. Estimated price does not include $150 course fee.

  • Grants

    None Partner Success
  • Discounts and Scholarships

    None Corporate Military Scholarship


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Estimated Potential Earnings

If you invested in your degree and started a career as a , the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states the median yearly salary for this career is . At that rate, your estimated return on investment would be over the course of a lifetime.

A career as a is just one career option you can pursue with your degree. Your income potential can vary based on your specialization or industry, and you should explore all your options to find the career that is right for you.

A Degree Matters

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree—regardless of the field of study—can greatly improve your income potential in today's job market. In fact, according to the BLS, degree holders earn, on average, significantly more than high school diploma holders:

National Average Lifetime Earnings**
Unemployment Rate**
Bachelor's Degree
Associate's Degree
Some College
High School Diploma


Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 40 years

What's Your Earnings Potential?

Earning an Associate's or Bachelor's degree-regardless of the field of study-can greatly improve income potential in today's job market. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), here is the salary data for careers our graduates have chosen:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile Salary 25th Percentile Salary 50th Percentile Salary
Registered Nurses$45,040$53,670$65,470

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook,

BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed, and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary. Potential earnings calculated by multiplying median full-time salaries by 30 years,

Salary data includes earnings of March 2012 – December 2012 Rasmussen College graduates who reported salary information, reviewed 12 months after graduation. This data does not specify that each graduate was placed by Rasmussen College in their current position; some graduates find jobs on their own while others maintain previously held employment.

The average
starting salary
for our Professional Nursing graduates:


Seamless Transfer Policies

  • Transfer up to 67% of the credits required to complete your degree
  • Credits accepted from nationally and regionally accredited schools
  • Course-by-course evaluation of all courses with a grade of C or higher
  • No expiration of your previously-earned general education and certain degree-specific credits
  • Credit through prior learning, work, and military experience
    • Test out of courses where you can demonstrate specific knowledge
    • Complete advanced placement (AP) exams and achieve a score of 3 or higher
    • Successfully complete college exams (e.g., CLEP, DSST, DANTES, etc.)
    • Successfully submit course waivers for approval from Rasmussen College
    • Submit credits transcribed by the American Council of Education (ACE)
    • Submit a military transcript
  • Transfer all general education courses from your previously earned Associate's or Bachelor's degree, regardless of course of study



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