Associate of Science in Nursing—Iowa, Maine, and Nebraska

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Program at a Glance
  • Learn how to make a difference by helping patients and communities.
  • Take courses online and complete lab and simulation experiences at the Augusta, Cedar Rapids area, Des Moines, or Lincoln locations. Clinicals occur at a local health care facility.
  • Gain the knowledge to prepare for the NCLEX-RN® exam.
  • Earn bachelor's-level credits as part of the program to fast-track your BSN.
  • Students with active, unencumbered paramedic or EMT licenses may receive course waivers or transfer credit for their prior experience.*
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 an increased emphasis on preventive care is expected to create demand for skilled nurses. In fact, registered nurse is one of the top 5 occupations expected to add the most new jobs from 2019 to 2029. Purdue Global's Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) 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 Augusta, Maine; Cedar Rapids area, 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.
  • Faculty are experienced professionals who bring you their nursing expertise from around the United States.

Accelerate Your Career Growth With Our Two-Step BSN Pathway

Earn your ASN, launch your RN career, and get a head start on your bachelor's degree credits—in under 2 years.§ This pathway provides an easy transition into our online RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Fast-track your career and education by starting your BSN courses as you prepare for the nursing boards. Choose from two flexible ways to earn the in-demand BSN credential:

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.

20% BSN Tuition Reduction

Our ASN graduates are eligible for 20% tuition savings on our standard online RN-to-BSN.#

Board of Nursing Approval

The Associate of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, the Maine State 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

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

What Can You Do With an Associate of Science 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 associate's degree in nursing 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 (2018–2030) 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. It includes a bachelor’s-level leadership and management course that can also be applied toward our BSN.

Sample Courses
  • Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Maternal Infant Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits50
  • Major Credits66
  • Total Credits116

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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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Associate of Science in Nursing and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses,; and Most New Jobs, 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 Jones or the surrounding counties for the Cedar Rapids area, Iowa, location; Polk or the surrounding counties for the Des Moines, Iowa, location; or Lancaster or the surrounding locations for the Lincoln, Nebraska, location. Students enrolled in the program at the Augusta, Maine, location, are required to complete their clinical experiences at various sites throughout the state of Maine. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation, housing, and availability to attend clinical experiences. Clinical locations may change at any time.

Completion time based on a full-time schedule (2 to 3 courses per term). Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

§Additional terms and conditions apply. May not be combined with other Purdue Global tuition reductions or ExcelTrack™ pricing. Must be a first-time enrollee in the Purdue Global Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Speak with an Advisor for additional information.

#Upon successful completion of the program of study, students may be academically prepared to apply to take the national licensure examination for registered nurses (NCLEX-RN®). This program is approved by the Board of Nursing and meets the educational requirements to obtain licensure in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Maine. Graduates of this program should not expect to obtain initial licensure in other states. Refer to Licensure and State Authorization for additional information on licensure and state authorizations. NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.