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Associate of Science Degree in Nursing - Iowa and Nebraska

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An aging population combined with a growing number of patients with access to health insurance is expected to create demand for more skilled nurses. Between 2016 and 2026, employment of registered nurses is expected to increase by 15%—much faster than the average of all occupations.*

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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.

Associate's Degree in Nursing Program Highlights

  • The degree program includes instruction in the classroom and online, as well as laboratory and clinical settings.
  • Classroom and online activities include videos, tests and quizzes, simulations, and discussion boards.
  • Laboratory requirements are fulfilled on-campus, where facilities are equipped with the medical tools typically used in the field and simulators for clinical scenarios.
  • Real-world clinical experiences are incorporated throughout the program at various locations in your local area.

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

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Continue Your Education Online

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

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

At Purdue Global, our 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 in the nursing profession.

To become a registered nurse, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) governed by the state Board of Nursing.§

Graduates of our program who pass the NCLEX-RN® could pursue entry-level roles in the following fields:

  • Geriatric nursing
  • Maternal infant nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Medical surgical nursing
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How Do I Get Started?

Purdue Global offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.


Start Date

April 18, 2018

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July 05, 2018

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September 19, 2018

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December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

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. Courses include:

  • Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Maternal Infant Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Leadership and Trends in Nursing
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits35
  • Major Credits75
  • Total Credits110

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
Enrollment Location: Iowa, Nebraska Only.
Tuition Discount Options:

Iowa, Nebraska

$315.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

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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 practice experience in Linn, Johnson, or Benton Counties for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, location; Polk, Story, Dallas, or Warren Counties for the Des Moines, Iowa location; Black Hawk or Bremer Counties for the Cedar Falls, Iowa location; and Lancaster County for the Lincoln, Nebraska location.

NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

§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.

#Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.