Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)

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The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), similar in nature and scope to the Associate of Nursing (AN), Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS) and Associate Degree in Nursing, is a 2-3 year post-secondary, undergraduate degree in nursing. While there are a few 4-year institutions that grant this degree, it is typically awarded by two-year community colleges, technical schools and nursing schools. Earning the Associate of Science in Nursing qualifies students to take the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) – an exam candidates must pass in order to apply to become a licensed Registered Nurse.

Courses offered in an Associate of Science in Nursing program typically include human anatomy, biology, chemistry, physiology, nutrition and behavioral science. While not as intense, or indepth, as a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing, most ASN programs do require students to complete supervised clinical experience.

The Associate of Science in Nursing is the quickest path for students to become a registered nurse. As such, it is a very popular degree. Given its popularity and the large number of working RNs who have the ASN, many colleges offers “fast-track” bachelor’s degree program, sometimes referred to as “Bridge” program, that allows nurses with an ASN to earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing in just two years.

Similar degrees:

  • Associate of Nursing (AN)
  • Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • Associate of Applied Science in Nursing (AAS)

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