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Professional Nursing (ADN)

Associate's Degree

Next start date

January 06, 2020

Finish in as few as

18 months1

12–18 months: LPN to RN Bridge1

Learning options

  • On Campus and Online (Hybrid)
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice®

Earn your Associate’s degree in Nursing from the #1 educator of ADN grads in the country.3 This ADN program promotes your natural instinct to help others and prepares you to be a registered nurse (RN), whether you are just entering the field or working to move from an LPN to RN. Our experienced faculty bring practical, day-to-day applications into all of your Nursing courses. With immersive, hands-on training in a variety of clinical settings and simulations, you'll have the tools necessary to sit for the NCLEX® certification exam and care for the clients you'll encounter in the workforce. This Associate’s degree in Nursing is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.

If you are just starting out in the nursing field, the Professional Nursing (ADN) program is the perfect place to begin your journey and allows you to finish in as few as 18 months.1 Already an LPN looking to further your education? The LPN to RN Bridge helps you earn your credential in a shorter amount of time in as few as 12–18 months.1,5

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After this credential

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

Sit for the NCLEX-RN Exam

Your NCLEX success is our goal. Taught by experienced and skilled nurse faculty, our on-campus and online Associate’s degree in Nursing programs prepare you to sit for the NCLEX-RN® national certification exam. That means you can earn the licensure you need to become a confident RN.

Confidently Work in Healthcare

Our ADN graduates are able to confidently work in a variety of healthcare settings and in-demand RN roles: physician’s office nurse, private medical nurse, or working in hospitals, home healthcare services or long-term care facilities.

Pursue Potential Job Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential between 2016 and 2026 for registered nurses is 15%.2 A Nursing degree online and on campus from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.

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What Skills Will I Gain?

Patient Care

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

Well-Rounded Perspective

Gain firsthand 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.

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Aim for an in-demand career as an RN that improves the lives of patients while also letting you live out your passion.

Sample Courses

What Types of Classes Could I Take?

    Dimensions of Nursing Practice

    • NUR 2058
    • Online
    • 4 Credits

    Covers key principles and concepts of professional nursing and how nursing is practiced in diverse healthcare settings with patients across their life span.

    Role, Scope, Quality and Leadership in Professional Nursing

    • NUR 2868
    • On Campus and Online (Hybrid)
    • 4 Credits

    Comprised of a theory and clinical component where students can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes gained throughout the Professional Nursing Program.

    Nursing Care of the Older Adult

    • NUR 2214
    • On Campus and Online (Hybrid)
    • 3 Credits

    Examines perceptions of ageism, the impact of those attitudes on the healthcare of older adults and resources to promote autonomy and safety with healthcare decisions as a client ages.

    Mental and Behavioral Health Nursing

    • NUR 2459
    • On Campus and Online (Hybrid)
    • 4 Credits

    Explores internal and external factors that impact patients’ state of balance and examines the effects of stress and coping on the client and family, as well as the complexities of caring for clients experiencing mental health disorders.

244 Courses to Complete

1024 Credit Hours

The information listed and linked above does not apply to Illinois students. Students that plan to attend classes in Illinois should contact a program manager for the full course listings and course sequence at their campus.

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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

Nursing Information Sessions

To learn about entrance requirements and receive help planning your career path, attend a Nursing Information Session where you’ll learn about:

  • TEAS scores
  • Background checks
  • Immunizations

To enroll in the Associate’s degree in Nursing LPN to RN Bridge, students must hold a current unencumbered Practical Nursing license in the U.S.

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Where Can I Find an RN Program Near Me?

At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Our Associate's degree in Nursing program is a hybrid on-campus and online experience. Click below to find an RN program near you.

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  3. 2016 and 2017 Associate Degree Registered Nurse conferrals as reported in IPEDS.
  4. Illinois students should speak with a program manager for courses and credit hours specific to their state.
  5. The LPN to RN Bridge is also referred to as the Professional Nursing Mobility Bridge Entrance Option.
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