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Professional Nursing

Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN/RN)

Rasmussen College is proud to be the #1 educator of ADN grads in the country.4 In as few as 18 months in our hybrid on-campus and online Associate’s degree in Nursing, you’ll develop and feel confident in your hands-on patient care for diverse healthcare needs thanks to experienced faculty and on-campus nursing simulation laboratory and clinical settings.1 Our Professional Nursing LPN to RN Bridge helps qualified students gain the additional skills and knowledge to sit for the NCLEX-RN® certification exam and advance from LPN to RN in as few as 12 to 18 months.5,1 Make the choice to change lives for the better—including your own.

Once you pass the NCLEX-RN certification exam and become an RN, our ladder curriculum helps you smoothly transfer your credits to our RN to BSN program and on the path to earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

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  • Four Start Dates a Year and No Wait List at Many Campuses for Qualified Applicants

    When classes start more frequently, you can get a jump start on your new beginning. If you qualify, you can pursue your passion immediately at many campuses without completing pre-nursing coursework. That makes getting your Associate’s degree in Nursing the right move, right now. And once you’ve successfully fulfilled your admission requirements, you’re in the program—there is no need to apply twice. Attend a Nursing Information Session for admission requirements.

  • Your NCLEX® Success Is Our Goal

    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 hybrid on-campus and online Associate’s degree in Nursing from the very start—and why NCLEX® preparation begins the minute the program does.

  • Transferable Skills

    Along with program-specific skills, students in all programs and at all credential levels learn six employer-valued transferable skills, or soft skills, to feel confident and comfortable within any environment: critical thinking, digital fluency, information literacy, communication, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility. Learn to communicate with a variety of patients and act in the best interests of their care. Develop critical decision-making skills in order to determine patients’ needs swiftly and calmly. Build confidence to work as a cohesive nursing team. Stay up to date on the latest healthcare technology. Transferable skills are not only valuable to your career, but are also vital to your patients.

  • Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

    Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), 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).

Professional Nursing Credentials Offered

Professional Nursing (ADN/RN)

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

12–18 months: LPN to RN Bridge1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice® (Optional)

Intended for

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

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

Prepares you for

  • Physician’s office nurse
  • Private medical nurse
  • Working in hospitals, home health care services or long-term care facilities

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What Does a Registered Nurse Do?

The various benefits of being a nurse already have you considering this fulfilling career and our hybrid on-campus and online Associate’s degree in Nursing can help you get there. Take a closer look at what an RN does every day to see whether it’s a good fit.

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Your Nursing Career Path

Our hybrid on-campus and online Associate’s degree in Nursing program is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and attitude to confidently sit for the NCLEX-RN exam, which is essential to becoming a registered nurse (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.

Once you pass the NCLEX-RN certification exam and become an RN, our ladder curriculum helps you smoothly transfer your credits to our RN to BSN program and on the path to earning your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. Our RN to BSN program is a post-licensure track that can be completed in as few as 12 or 18 months.1 Students interested in this option must possess a current unencumbered RN license.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.7 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

    • $34,560 10th Percentile
    • $40,810 25th Percentile
    • $47,480 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    11%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Postsecondary Non-Degree Award

Registered Nurses (RN)

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $52,080 10th Percentile
    • $60,110 25th Percentile
    • $73,300 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    12%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $41,130 10th Percentile
    • $56,260 25th Percentile
    • $74,600 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2018–2028:3

    20%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Doctoral

Being a nurse opens the doors to so many routes of life. I can’t wait to see where I fit in best.

Shannon
Associate's Degree in Nursing Graduate

Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

The associate nursing program at Rasmussen College at the:

  • Bloomington campus (with off-campus instructional sites in Blaine and Lake Elmo/Woodbury), located in Bloomington, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Fort Myers campus, located in Fort Myers, Florida is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Green Bay campus, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Mankato campus, located in Mankato, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Moorhead campus, located in Moorhead, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • New Port Richey/West Pasco campus, located in New Port Richey, Florida is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Ocala campus (with an off-campus instructional site in Orlando), located in Ocala, Florida is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Continuing Accreditation.
  • Overland Park campus (with an off-campus instructional site in Topeka), located in Overland Park, Kansas is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • St. Cloud campus, located in St. Cloud, Minnesota is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Tampa/Brandon campus, located in Tampa, Florida is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.
  • Wausau campus, located in Wausau, Wisconsin is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Initial Accreditation.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding these programs at http://www.acenursing.us/accreditedprograms/programSearch.htm

Effective July 28, 2020, the associate nursing program at Rasmussen College at the Romeoville campus (with off-campus instructional sites in Aurora, Mokena, and Rockford) in Illinois is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on July 28, 2022.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this candidate program at http://www.acenursing.us/candidates/candidacy.asp

Additional accreditation details

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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 21, 2020] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 21, 2020] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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.
  4. According to 2016, 2017 and 2018 Associate Degree Registered Nurse conferrals as reported in IPEDS.
  5. The LPN to RN Bridge is also referred to as the Professional Nursing Mobility Bridge Entrance Option.
  6. 23% of successful NCLEX-RN attempts in MN in 2019 were Rasmussen College graduates.
  7. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2019. Accessed by 7/15/2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
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