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How Long Does it Take to Get an Associate's Degree in Nursing?

An associate’s degree in nursing can set you on the career path of your dreams.

If you’ve always wanted a job where you can work in a fast-paced environment, help people in times of need, and really make a difference, you may be the perfect future nurse. And while you may be eager to get started on your career, there is so much to learn in order to be an effective practicing nurse. The time you spend in professional schooling will all add up to helping you become a first-rate nurse.

What can you do with an Associate’s Degree?

With an associate’s degree of science in nursing (ASN), you will be prepared for a range of nursing careers. The most popular type of nurse to become with this credential is a registered nurse, or RN. Job titles that require this level of schooling or less include nurse’s assistant (NA) or licensed practical nurse (LPN).

A registered nurse can work in a hospital, doctor’s office, school, or other health setting where a nurse may be needed. RNs provide medical care to patients under supervision of a doctor, and provide education and support to families and patients. Learn more about what registered nurses do here.

What Length and Topics Does the Nursing Program Cover?

Typically, you can earn your associate’s degree in nursing in about two years. During that time you’ll cover your basic collegiate course requirements, plus standard nursing coursework. Depending on where you attend nursing school, you may have time during those two years to take a few courses in an area you would like to specialize in, if you are interested in a more specific field of nursing.

At HCI, the ASN program is 72 credits. HCI allows you to take a large portion of non-clinical classes online. This gives even full-time students more flexibility and access to classes, which can help you graduate quicker.

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