Professional Nursing (ADN/RN)

Associate's Degree

Next Start Dates
January 03, 2022
February 09, 2022

18 months

estimated time to completion with full-time study1

#1 educator

of ADN graduates in the country2

19 campuses

in five states offer ADN courses

Your ADN: The First Step in Making a Difference as an RN

When you decide to become a registered nurse (RN), you’re making the choice to change lives, including your own. In our ADN program, you’ll develop the skills you need for a career in caregiving.

We get you on track quickly with:

  • No need for pre-nursing coursework
  • No waiting list at many campuses
  • No need to apply twice
  • Eight start dates per year

With a mix of online courses, on-campus lab simulations and clinical experiences, you’ll be prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN® licensure exam.3

Already an LPN? With our LPN to RN Bridge, you can advance your education to the next level in as few as 12 months.1

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What Types of Classes Will I Take?

In this program, you’ll take online and on-campus courses, as well as participate in on-site clinicals. Here are some of the topics you’ll cover.

  • 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

What Skills Will I Gain?

  • Patient Care

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

  • Clinical Decision-Making

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

  • Professional Confidence

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

  • Well-Rounded Perspective

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

  • Transferable Skills

    Core courses develop skills in critical thinking, communication, digital fluency, information literacy, diversity and teamwork, and ethics and professional responsibility.

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

Take the NCLEX-RN? Exam

Your NCLEX success is our goal. Taught by experienced faculty, our Nursing program prepares you to sit for the NCLEX-RN® national certification exam and become a confident RN.1

Confidently Work in Healthcare

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

Professional Nursing Program Outcomes

Pursue a Growing Career

The projected job growth for Registered Nurses between 2020 and 2030 is 9%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).1 That’s faster than the national average!

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

Shannon B.
Graduate, Associate's Degree in Nursing

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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.1 If 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.

  • 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:

    12 months (LPN to RN Bridge)
    Or 18 months (ADN/RN)9

    Registered Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)10

    • Government: $84,490
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $76,840
    • Ambulatory healthcare services: $72,340
    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $68,450
    • Educational services; state, local and private: $64,630
  • 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.

    Registered Nurse

    (median annual wage by industry)8

    • Government: $84,490
    • Hospitals; state, local and private: $76,840
    • Ambulatory healthcare services: $72,340
    • Nursing and residential care facilities: $68,450
    • Educational services; state, local and private: $64,630
  • Graduate Degrees: Nursing (MSN & DNP)

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    Prepare for healthcare today and in the future as a nursing leader. A choice of three specializations allows you to define your career course.

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

    View MSN details >

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    A program for nurses called to lead at the highest levels in healthcare 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 >

    Sample job titles:

    MSN:

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

    DNP:

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

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 credential could be the right fit for you and your career path.

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Affordable Education

Tuition & Savings

Do the Math

With eight start dates a year and a total of 24 courses—each 11 weeks in length—full-time students can finish in as few as 18 months4 for as low as $48,563.

$409 cost per credit
x 102 total credits
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$41,718 total tuition
+ $6,845 total fees
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$48,563 estimated total program cost

This pricing does not reflect all states. 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 program is designed to be more affordable with transfer credits, self-directed assessments, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities, and corporate and military discounts for those who qualify.

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Nursing Information Sessions

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

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What Should I Know Before I Enroll?

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, scholarships and more.

Transfer Students

We believe in giving credit where it’s due. If you already have your LPN license or other general education credits, you can get them reviewed in 1 business day (on average).

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 are ready to help.

ADN Programs Near Me

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

The associate nursing program at Rasmussen University 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 Continuing Accreditation with Conditions.
  • Central Pasco campus, located in Odessa, Florida, is accredited by the ACEN. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for this associate nursing program is Continued 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.
  • 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.

Logo: ACEN accreditationAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

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

Effective July 28, 2020, the associate nursing program at Rasmussen University at the Romeoville campus (with off-campus instructional sites in Aurora, Mokena, and Rockford) in Romeoville, 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)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

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

State Boards of Nursing

The Rasmussen University 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

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You've Got Questions, We've Got Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become an RN?

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

    At Rasmussen University, we offer both degrees 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 healthcare workers such as registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and physicians. This can include monitoring patients' health, administering basic care, reporting patient concerns and updating health records. Many LPNs work in assisted living or residential services rather than in hospitals.

    Professional nursing, on the other hand, refers to registered nurses 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. RNs 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?

    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 opportunities available, check out our blog post: Top 25 Types of Nurses Employers Are Looking to Hire.

  • How long does it take to become a nurse?

    First, you’ll need to complete a nursing program. The ADN program at Rasmussen University, for example, can be completed in as few as 18 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.

    For more information on nursing school, 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, 24/7 technical support and more.

  • 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 prerequisites for the program?

    Unlike many other nursing schools, there are no prerequisites and there are no wait lists at many campuses. 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's Degree in Nursing (ADN) 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's Degree in 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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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. According to Associate Degree Registered Nurse conferrals from 2016–2019 as reported in IPEDS.
  3. NCLEX-RN is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
  4. Illinois students should speak with an admissions advisor for courses and credit hours specific to their state.
  5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed October 6, 2021] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] 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.
  6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed October 6, 2021] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm#tab-5. 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.
  7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed October 6, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Information represents national, averaged data 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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