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Professional Nursing (Associate’s Degree in Nursing/ADN/RN) Program

Associate's Degree

Next Start Date
August 07, 2024

21 months finish in as few as1

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16 campuses in five states offer ADN courses

Professional Nursing: Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN)

When you’re looking at ADN programs to become a registered nurse (RN), you’re making the choice to change lives, including your own. You’ll develop the skills you need for a career in caregiving.

In our hybrid Professional Nursing (ADN) program, we get you on track quickly with:

  • No need for pre-nursing coursework
  • No waiting list at many campuses for qualified applicants2
  • Eight start dates per year at most campuses, while some offer four start dates per year

With a mix of online courses, on-campus lab simulations and clinical settings in this ADN degree program, you’ll be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN® exam and provide compassionate care.3

Already a licensed practical nurse (LPN)? With our LPN to RN Bridge, you can advance your education to the next level in as few as 18 months.1

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What Types of Nursing Courses Will I Take?

As a student in the ADN program, your education includes both online and on-campus courses, in addition to hands-on clinical experience. This well-rounded approach equips you to deliver safe, ethical, and compassionate care that is holistic and centered around the needs of diverse individuals.
  • Nursing Care of the Older Adult
    • Examine how personal attitudes and beliefs about aging impact healthcare for older adults
    • Discover resources that promote autonomy and safety as patients age
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Nursing
    • Explore internal and external factors that impact a patient’s balance and well-being
    • Study the effects of stress on a patient and their family, as well as the complexities of addressing mental health issues
  • Dimensions of Nursing Practice
    • Cover key principles of your professional nursing responsibilities
    • Focus on how nursing is practiced in diverse healthcare settings with patients across their life span
  • Role, Scope, Quality and Leadership in Professional Nursing
    • Familiarize yourself with the various ways you can apply nursing theory
    • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ve gained in a clinical setting

ADN Curriculum to Prepare for Your Nursing Career

Patient Care

Learn patient-centered skills in real-world environments within our nursing school. Prepare to serve in a variety of healthcare settings.

Professional Confidence

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

Critical Thinking

Develop decision-making skills and care interventions that meet patients’ needs swiftly and calmly.

Well-Rounded Perspective

Gain firsthand industry insights from faculty with real-world experience in the nursing profession.

Student Story

Turning Pain into a Future in Nursing

After losing his mother to COVID, Carlos was inspired by the nurses who helped him and his family—and he wanted to help others not feel the same pain he felt.

“I had zero nursing experience prior to this, and here we are four months from graduating. I can tell you that it can be done.

Carlos S. :30 video

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Speaker 1:

My name is Carlos Salas. Before I enrolled at Rasmussen, I was a salesperson. The reason I chose to become an RN, is because my mother passed away and I know how important it is to have somebody there emotionally to support you.

If you are like me with a lot of previous experience in a different field, but I can tell that it can be done.

I have zero nursing experience prior to this, and here we, four months from graduating.

What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I'm Done?

Take the NCLEX-RN®3

Your NCLEX success is our goal. Taught by experienced faculty with vast professional nurse experience, our ADN program prepares you to sit for your national licensure exam and become a confident RN.

Confidently Work in the Nursing Field

Equipped with essential nursing training and employer-focused transferable skills, our ADN nursing graduates are able to confidently pursue in-demand registered nurse roles. They work alongside diverse teams of healthcare professionals in a variety of clinical settings: physician’s offices, outpatient clinics, private medical clinics, hospitals, home healthcare services and long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.

Professional Nursing (ADN/RN) Program Outcomes

Pursue Career Goals

The projected job growth for registered nurses between 2021 and 2031 is 6%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).4 That's as fast as the national average.

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A Career of Lifelong Learning

Our ADN program is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and attitude you need to confidently sit for the NCLEX-RN® exam—an essential step to becoming a registered nurse.3If you choose to advance your education beyond ADN/RN, we have Nursing programs and credentials to support your lifelong learning journey, starting with our flexible, online post-licensure RN to BSN and then moving on to MSN and DNP. How far you go is up to you. And by continuing your education at Rasmussen University, you can save time and money in the process as you complete your Associate’s degree in Nursing program.

  • Associate’s Degree: Nursing (ADN/RN)

    Start here if:

    You want to become a registered nurse (RN) and are looking for ways to leverage your LPN license, or want RN to be your first nursing credential.

    Earn in as few as:

    18 months (LPN to RN Bridge)
    21 months (ADN/RN)1

    Career Opportunities:

    • Hospitals
    • Long-term care facilities
    • Rehabilitation centers
    • Clinics
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Nursing (RN to BSN or BSN)

    Next step:

    You’re ready to earn your BSN, want to become a Bachelor-prepared registered nurse and are looking for opportunities to advance your career.

    View RN to BSN details >

    Or start here if:

    You want to begin your nursing career as a BSN-prepared registered nurse. Choose from two pre-licensure entry tracks—standard and second degree.

    View BSN details >

    Finish in as few as:

    12 to 18 months (RN to BSN)1
    33 months (BSN Standard Degree)*
    18 months (BSN Second Degree)

    *Already an LPN? Our LPN to RN Bridge helps LPNs become RNs faster, further decreasing your time to program completion.

    Career Opportunities:

    • Hospitals
    • Clinical Practice
    • Administration
    • Nursing Education
    • Nursing Leadership
  • Graduate Degrees: Nursing (MSN & DNP)

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    You want to influence present and future healthcare as a nursing leader. You have the choice of three MSN specializations that allow you to define your career course:

    • Nursing Leadership and Administration
    • Nursing Education
    • Healthcare Technology, Simulation and Informatics

    We also offer an online MSN Nurse Practitioner (NP) program if you're interested in making a positive impact as a nurse practitioner with the choice of four specializations:

    • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP
    • Family NP
    • Pediatric Primary Care NP
    • Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    A program for nurses called to lead at the highest levels in the healthcare system and public health and policy—the definitive terminal degree for nurse leaders.

    Choose the specialization that best aligns with your interests and career goals:

    • Executive Leadership
    • Public Health and Policy

    View DNP details >

    Career Opportunities:


    • Director of Nursing
    • Director of Education
    • Clinical Nursing Informatics Officer
    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Nurse Practitioner


    • Chief Nursing Officer
    • Nursing Administrator
    • Director of Public Health and Policy
    • Government or Policy Activist

Tuition & Savings

Do the Math

With eight start dates2 a year at most campuses and a total of 24 courses—each 11 weeks in length—full-time Nursing students can finish in as few as 21 months1 for an estimated $51,414.

$432 cost per credit
x 102 total credits
$44,064 total tuition
+ $7,350 total fees
$51,414 estimated total program cost

This reflects pricing for Florida students. Please speak with an admissions advisor or use the tuition estimator tool to calculate your costs.

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Other Ways to Save

Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to an admissions advisor and learn how our Professional Nursing (ADN) program is designed to be more affordable with transfer credits, self-directed assessments, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, corporate grants and military discounts for those who qualify.

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If the many rewards of being a nurse already have you considering this fulfilling career, our Associate’s degree in Nursing can help you get there efficiently. Take a closer look at why this ADN degree could be the right fit for you and your career path.

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Admission Requirements

At Rasmussen University Nursing school, there is no prerequisite coursework. At many campuses there are no wait lists for qualified student applicants. Students will need to pass the TEAS entrance exam or have a conferred Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree with a GPA of 2.25 or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning as recognized by the US Department of Education or by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. With a no-cost application and eight start dates a year for students at most campuses, you can begin your Nursing courses when it's convenient for you.2

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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Nursing Information Sessions

To learn about Rasmussen nursing programs and program requirements and to receive help planning, attend an online Nursing Information Session where you’ll learn about our Nursing department, TEAS scores, background checks, immunizations and more.

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Help Paying for College

You’re not alone figuring out how to pay for college. Our admissions advisors can help you find ways to save through self-directed assessments, loans for those who qualify, scholarships and more.

Support at Every Turn

You’ll find the support you need to grow as a nurse from mentors and faculty in this program. Our library services, academic support and career planning teams at our ADN school are ready to help.

Where Can I Find ADN Program Courses Near Me?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become an RN?

    To practice as a registered nurse, you’ll need to pass the NCLEX-RN®3 national licensure exam. To sit for this exam, you must have successfully completed either an associate degree nursing program or Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a qualified institution in your state.

    At Rasmussen University, we offer both BSN and ADN programs in certain markets, providing you with options to pursue the RN degree level that is right for you.

  • What is the difference between practical and professional nursing?

    Practical nursing refers to licensed practical nurses (LPNs) who provide hands-on nursing care, working under the direction of health care providers, such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians. This can include monitoring patients' health, administering basic health care, reporting patient concerns and updating health care providers’ records. Many LPNs work in assisted living or residential services rather than in hospitals.

    Professional associate degree nursing, on the other hand, refers to registered nurses with an associate degree in nursing (ADN) who typically have a greater variety of job opportunities in the work environment. RNs often supervise others and count on their critical thinking skills to perform assessments and make judgments about patient care. Many nurses who complete an associate degree nursing program are more likely to work in hospitals in a variety of roles.

    To learn more about the differences, check out our blog post: Practical Nursing vs. Professional Nursing: Understanding the Differences.

  • What kinds of jobs can I get as an RN?

    There are lots of options for you, including roles like:

    • Travel nurse
    • Pediatric nurse
    • Surgical nurse
    • ER nurse
    • Administration

    You might also work in hospitals, clinics or specialty centers.

    To learn more about the employment opportunities available, check out our blog post: Top 25 Types of Nurses Employers Are Looking to Hire.

  • How long does it take to become an RN?

    First, you’ll need to complete an associate degree nursing program. The ADN program at Rasmussen University, for example, can be completed in as few as 21 months. If you’re already a licensed practical nurse, our LPN to RN Bridge can be completed in as few as 12 months.1 Plus, transfer credits and $149 self-directed assessments can help shorten your completion time.

    After you graduate, you’ll need to pursue your RN license by passing the NCLEX-RN®3 national licensure exam. In most states, the earliest you can take the exam is approximately 45 days after your graduation date. This does vary state by state, so check with your nursing regulatory body (NRB) to find out if your state requires a longer waiting period.

    For more information on nursing education and associate degree nursing plan, check out our blog post: How Long is Nursing School? Your Timeline to Becoming a Nurse.

  • What kind of support services are available?

    At Rasmussen University, we’re here to help. Support services include academic advising, tutoring, financial aid for those who qualify, 24/7 technical support and more. Talk to a student admissions advisor to learn more about how we'll help you earn your associate degree in nursing.

  • What does nursing program accreditation mean?

    Having accreditation means Rasmussen University has met established quality standards as set by the accrediting body. Achieving accreditation tells the public that an entity meets industry expectations for quality, and students can have confidence that quality control checks have been carried out by a third party.

  • What are the prerequisite courses for the Associate’s degree in Nursing program?

    Unlike many other associate degree nursing programs, there are no prerequisite courses or general education courses in order to apply, and there are no wait lists at many campuses for qualified applicants. You only need to apply once and you can begin your ADN classes on one of eight start dates a year.

  • ADN vs. BSN: Is there a difference?

    Both an associate degree nursing (ADN) program and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) lead to the NCLEX-RN licensing exam and a career as a registered nurse (RN).

    An associate degree nursing program can be completed in a shorter amount of time and for less money. A BSN is a longer time commitment up front, but results in a higher academic credential and a greater variety of career opportunities, including in nursing management and leadership roles.

    If you choose to earn your Associate Degree in Nursing now, you can still earn a BSN through the online RN to BSN program.

    To learn more about the differences between ADN and BSN, check out our blog post: RN vs. BSN: Is There a Difference?

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