Associate of Science Degree in Nursing—Iowa and Nebraska

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Program at a Glance
  • Our program is designed to empower those who want to make a difference by helping patients and communities.
  • Classroom instruction and seminars are all online; lab and simulation experiences are at the Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, or Lincoln locations. Clinicals occur at a local healthcare facility.
  • Gain the knowledge to prepare for the NCLEX-RN® exam.
  • The associate's degree in nursing is approved by the Iowa and Nebraska Boards of Nursing.
COURSE EFFORT 15–21 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Associate of Science in Nursing Overview

An aging population combined with a growing number of patients with access to health insurance is expected to create demand for skilled nurses.* Purdue Global's Associate of Science in Nursing is designed to help you develop the knowledge, clinical skills, and work habits to direct and manage patient care, communicate with patients and caregivers, and participate as a member of a health care team.

Program highlights include:

  • Classroom and online activities feature videos, tests and quizzes, simulations, and discussion boards.
  • Laboratory requirements are completed at the Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Des Moines, Iowa; or Lincoln, Nebraska, locations, which are equipped with medical tools typically used in the field and simulators for clinical scenarios.
  • Real-world clinical practice experiences are incorporated throughout the program at various health care facilities in your local area.

Create a Pathway to Further Credentials

If you successfully complete the associate's in nursing degree program, pass the NCLEX-RN exam, and meet all admissions requirements, you are eligible to enter the online RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about the number of hours needed to complete the clinical requirement.

Board of Nursing Approval

The Associate of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, the Nebraska Board of Nursing, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit or call 800-621-7440.

What Can You Do With an Associate's Degree in Nursing?

Nursing offers many exciting opportunities in a wide variety of roles, work settings, and specialties. To become a registered nurse, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN®).§

Graduates of our program who pass the NCLEX-RN could pursue entry-level roles in fields such as geriatric nursing, maternal infant nursing, pediatric nursing, mental health nursing, and medical surgical nursing.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Active Listening
  2. Social Perceptiveness
  3. Service Orientation
  4. Speaking
  5. Coordination

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2016–2028) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

This prelicensure nursing education program offers a dynamic curriculum designed to organize and integrate content, skills, and procedures, increase your knowledge and competence, and provide the foundation for progressively higher levels of nursing practice.

Sample Courses
  • Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Maternal Infant Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits35
  • Major Credits75
  • Total Credits110

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Students are required to complete their clinical experience in Linn or the surrounding counties for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, location; Polk or the surrounding counties for the Des Moines, Iowa, location; or Lancaster or the surrounding locations for the Lincoln, Nebraska, location.

Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor for eligibility requirements.

§Graduates who pass the NCLEX-RN® exam may be academically eligible for licensure as a registered nurse in Iowa and Nebraska. Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements for any other states or occupations. Refer to the University Catalog for additional information. NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.