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Associate’s Degree

An Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) will give you a solid foundation and set you up to specialize later, if you want to.
Course Length
2–4 years
Expected Salary
Varied Experience
Exposure to different fields and environments can help you find out what you love to do.
Engaging Work
With different patients, tasks, and situations, every day can be fresh and fascinating.

What You’ll Learn

Your course will include the following classes, exams and practical training.

Core Classes

Anatomy, physiology, microbiology, chemistry, nutrition, psychology, and other social and behavioral sciences are some of the subjects you’ll study.

Hands-On Experience

As part of your curriculum, you’ll work in a lab and practice in a clinic, or other healthcare facility.

Take the NCLEX-RN
Before you can start practicing, you need to pass this standardized exam set by the Board of Nursing in every state. It’s designed to make sure you’re ready to work as a Registered Nurse.
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What You’ll Do
You’ll get experience in many different specialties while working with doctors and other Registered Nurses in hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities.

Patient Care

Most of your duties will involve caring directly for patients, monitoring their condition and helping them learn how to manage their illness or injuries at home.

Where You’ll Work
  • Hospitals
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Clinics
  • Nursing Homes
Did You Know
Jobs for Registered Nurses will increase 15% by 2026.

How to Get Ahead

One of the best things about being a nurse? You’ll never stop learning. You’ll have opportunities to grow from the day you start your career.

Continue Your Education
Most of the places you’ll work will offer courses that keep your skills sharp and your knowledge up to date.
Get a BSN
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) will lead to more responsibilities and more opportunities.
Take the next step on your nursing journey
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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