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Professional Nursing (ADN)

Associate's Degree

You know this is the right field for you and you're ready to become a registered nurse. Still, time is a concern. With Rasmussen College, you can earn your Professional Nursing Associate’s degree (ADN) in as few as 18 months.1 Our Professional Nursing Mobility Bridge Entrance Option helps students that are already LPNs sit for the NCLEX-RN certification exam and become RNs in as few as 12 to 18 months.1 Make the choice to change lives for the better—including your own.

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Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Visit our Accreditation page to see accredited programs within our Nursing school. Learn more about programmatic accreditation and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Four Starts a Year and No Wait List for Many Campuses

When classes start more frequently, you can get a jumpstart on your new beginning. Being able to pursue your passion immediately at many campuses for qualified candidates without requiring pre-nursing coursework makes getting your Professional Nursing Associate’s degree the right move, right now.2

Pass Confidently

Sitting for the NCLEX-RN exam is less daunting when you’ve been living the material, not just studying it. That’s why we include hands-on learning in our Nursing courses from the very start—and why NCLEX preparation begins the minute the program does.

Flex Choice®: Get Credit For What You Know

This Associate's degree is available with Flex Choice self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. Assessments provide more flexibility, and—at $99 per attempt—this is a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

Credentials Offered

Professional Nursing (ADN)

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

12–18 months Mobility Bridge Entrance Option1

Learning options

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice®

Intended for

Students looking to enter a fulfilling career and pursue their passion to become an RN in an affordable, hands-on program.

For students that are already LPNs looking to further their education, sit for the NCLEX-RN exam and become an RN, the ADN Mobility Bridge Entrance Option allows students to finish in less time.

Prepares you for

Physician’s office nurse, private medical nurse, emergency room nurse, surgical nurse, pediatric nurse, or working in hospitals, home health care services or nursing care facilities

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School of Nursing Blog

What Does a Registered Nurse Do?

The various benefits of being a nurse already have you considering this fulfilling career and our ADN programs can help you get there. Take a closer look at what an RN does every day to see if it’s a good fit.

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Your Nursing Career Path

Our ADN program is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and attitude to confidently sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, which is essential to becoming an RN. If you choose to advance your training after earning your Associate's degree in Nursing and becoming an RN, we’ve made it easy by offering classes and credentials that let you continue working as you further your education. Our Career Path diagram below shows you how our curriculum is designed to let you smoothly transfer from one credential to the next, until you've reached your goal. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.2 Here are just a few of the examples of where a Nursing degree can take you.

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses (LPN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $32,970 10th Percentile
    • $38,010 25th Percentile
    • $45,030 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Registered Nurses (RN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $48,690 10th Percentile
    • $57,340 25th Percentile
    • $70,000 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $40,630 10th Percentile
    • $55,080 25th Percentile
    • $71,260 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Doctoral or professional degree

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Important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program.

Associate's | Associate's (Moorhead)

“All of my instructors were amazing. The coursework challenged me but ultimately propelled me to graduation.”

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Accreditation Information

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

The Rasmussen College Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program in Fort Myers, Tampa/Brandon, New Port Richey/West Pasco, Ocala (with an off-campus instructional site in Orlando), Florida; Kansas City/Overland Park (with an off-campus instructional site in Topeka), Kansas; Bloomington, Mankato, Moorhead and St. Cloud, Minnesota; and Green Bay and Wausau, Wisconsin, is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

Effective December 22, 2017, the Professional Nursing Associate's degree program at Rasmussen College - Blaine is a Candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This Candidacy status expires in December 2019.

Candidate status does not guarantee that a program will achieve initial accreditation.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

The ACEN requires that student achievement data be made publicly accessible. View Student Achievement Data.

Additional accreditation details


State Boards of Nursing

The Rasmussen College Professional Nursing Associate’s degree in Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Florida and Wisconsin is approved by the Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas, Florida and Wisconsin Boards of Nursing.

Additional accreditation details

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Does not apply in the state of Illinois.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 30, 2018] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] 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.
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