Associate of Science in Nursing
Become a Registered Nurse. A registered nurse cares for the sick and injured and promotes wellness. Nurses balance technical skills with care and compassion. As a nurse, you empower patients to achieve or maintain good health. You give them comfort, help them reach higher levels of functioning or assist them with a peaceful end of life.
Once you complete your Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree you’ll be eligible for the Registered Nurse licensing examination. After successful completion of the licensing exam, you will be eligible to provide entry-level, holistic nursing care for a wide range of patients, residents and clients in many different health care settings.
Students who enter the ASN program with 30 or more transferrable credits, a G.P.A. of 2.7, and a grade of B or higher in the first nursing course (NSG101) may be eligible for the RN to BSN Integrated option. Students in the RN to BSN Integrated option are eligible to take RN to BSN courses while simultaneously completing the ASN program. View additional admission requirements and curriculum.
This nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
Once you successfully complete this program, you have the opportunity to advance into the online RN to BSN program at Mercy College.
Because classes are ongoing, you may begin the ASN program in either the fall or spring semesters. Your admission into this program is on a competitive basis, so early application is encouraged. Following general College admission, students may enroll in Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences prior to admission into the ASN program. For a complete list of application deadlines, click here.
As part of your studies, you’ll receive direct patient contact through clinical experiences at Mercy Medical Center and many other leading health care organizations in central Iowa, to get hands-on learning throughout your course of study.
Our dedicated instructors are committed to student learning, teaching critical thinking and clinical judgment. They develop caring relationships with students and help them with professional development. They are professional educators and nurses with clinical practice experience which they bring to the classroom. You’ll find they serve as role models for professional practice.
Once you have completed your ASN degree, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Today’s job market for registered nurses is strong, although opportunities may vary by geographical area and setting. As our population grows and ages, the demand for nurses is expected to grow accordingly. You can get more details and statistics about specific roles and job opportunities from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website.