Professional Nursing Associate's Degree

How to Become an RN

With our Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program, you'll have the option of four start dates per year. Courses are taught by experienced and skilled nurse faculty in small class sizes with built-in preparation for your NCLEX-RN exam. This ensures you gain the knowledge and skills you need to be fully prepared for your licensure.

With no wait lists for qualified students at many campuses and no pre-nursing course work, you can start sooner in a program where you'll gain job-ready skills you can apply to your career right away. The program offers Flex Choice®—an option that allows you to combine traditional courses and optional self-directed assessments, which could save you time and money.

To see how this program can help you achieve your goals:

  • Course plan customized for you
  • Support and financial aid planning
  • Career path guidance with no obligation

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Credentials Offered Graduate In As Few As*
Associate's Degree18-24 Months

Learning Options

You can enroll and receive support from these following campus locations:






Gain In-Demand Nursing Skills Employers Seek

Through career-focused curriculum and practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, you can prepare for a successful career as a registered nurse. Our program is designed to help you gain relevant training and nursing skills healthcare employers seek, including:

  • Patient Care

    Learn patient-centered skills in real-world environments to prepare to serve in a variety of healthcare settings.

  • Well-Rounded Perspective

    Gain first-hand industry insights from nursing faculty with real-world experience.

  • Clinical Decision Making

    Develop critical decision-making skills and care interventions to meet patients' needs swiftly and calmly.

  • Professional Confidence

    Classroom and experiential learning combine to build your confidence so you can provide exceptional patient care.

Prepare for the NCLEX-RN Exam While You Study

Preparation for Your NCLEX-RN exam is built into every course, so you can be prepared to earn the licensure you need to become an RN and improve patients' lives.

Our Grads Work Across Industries

Graduates from our School of Nursing programs are working for leading industries, including:*

  • Assisted Living
  • Clinics
  • Home Health Care
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient Surgery Centers
  • Public Schools
  • Rehabilitation Centers

117 Years of Successful Graduates

At Rasmussen College, we’ve been dedicated to our mission of preparing students for career success since 1900.

*Industry information reported by Rasmussen College graduates. This list does not constitute an endorsement of Rasmussen College by the industries shown above. Listing does not guarantee or imply that future employment opportunities within these industries will be available.

Program Entry Requirements

In addition to meeting all other admission requirements, enrolling students to this program must successfully complete and pass a criminal background check. To learn more about admission requirements and how to start planning for your nursing career, sign-up to attend a Nursing Information Session.

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How Much Could You Earn as an RN?

In-Demand Career Options for Your Future

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.* Here is the average salary by percentile and projected job growth for nursing professionals who graduated from registered nursing programs:

Job Title(s) 10th Percentile 25th Percentile 50th Percentile Job Growth (By Year 2026)
Registered Nurses$47,120$56,190$68,45015%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed September 13, 2017] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed December 13, 2017] 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.

How Much Will it Cost?

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We Help Make College Affordable

At Rasmussen College, we believe higher education should be a successful investment. That’s why we offer affordable options that make earning your degree attainable. See how you can save:

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

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It’s Not Too Late
Classes Start in October
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In as few as 18 months, you could earn your Professional Nursing Associate’s degree! We can help you with financial aid and other support you might need before classes start.

  • Attend a no-obiligation Nursing Information Session
  • Meet the Dean of Nursing
  • Enrollment application
  • Personalized financial aid
  • Career path guidance
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