Nursing AS Degree / AAS Degree

Accredited Nursing Associate Degree from a National Educational Leader

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The Excelsior College School of Nursing offers an unmatched opportunity for motivated health care professionals—a high-quality Associate in Science in Nursing or Associate in Applied Science in Nursing degree that's affordable and convenient.

Excelsior's unique exam-based program is specifically designed to provide a pathway to a nursing degree for LPNs, LVNs, paramedics, and individuals who hold degrees in clinically oriented health care fields. You can earn your degree from anywhere in the country, while continuing to work in your current job.

In addition to the exam-based program, Excelsior also offers nursing courses. These courses do have deadlines and schedules but can be accessed 24/7 and are designed for those who prefer more instructor support. Students choosing to take courses may be eligible for federal financial aid.

And you'll graduate with an associate's degree in nursing from one of the nation's best nursing schools. Few institutions can match Excelsior's superior academic quality and track record. Find out why the Excelsior College School of Nursing stands out.

With our student-friendly nursing degree programs, you can:

  • Work with nationally recognized faculty.
  • Study independently, without interfering with your work schedule.
  • Get academic support from Excelsior's superior learning resources, study guides, and exam-preparation materials.
  • Benefit from personalized advising.
  • Fit a nursing associate degree into your budget—check out our fees and tuition including an estimated cost worksheet. (PDF)
  • Improve your credentials, your job security, and your earning power.
  • Build a foundation for life-long learning—including the potential for a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Get a Nursing Degree on Your Schedule, at Your Pace

Excelsior College was named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for 2011-2016 by the National League for Nursing (NLN), the third time that we have received this honor. We've granted more than 45,000 nursing degrees since 1971, more than any other distance-learning college.

Our nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing , Inc. (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and meet the highest academic standards. You'll get a well-rounded foundation of nursing skills, gaining a broad range of competencies.

Review the degree requirements for a nursing associate degree from Excelsior College.

Our nursing associate degree programs are specifically designed for individuals with significant experience in clinically oriented health care disciplines. Review the admission requirements.

  1. Use a caring, holistic approach to provide and advocate for safe quality care for patients and families emphasizing health promotion, disease management, and injury prevention.
  2. Apply the nursing process to make nursing judgements, substantiated with evidence to provide safe, quality patient care across the life span.
  3. Use principles of management and delegation to implement plans of care with members of the intraprofessional team to achieve safe, quality patient outcomes.
  4. Practice nursing using standards of practice within an ethical and legal framework.
  5. Apply principles of leadership and interprofessional collaboration to improve patient outcomes.
  6. Use interpreted published research and information technology to improve the quality of care for patients.

All Excelsior College nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Excelsior College associate degree nursing programs are designed in accordance with the requirements for Registered Nurse Programs in New York State.

Associate in Science in Nursing

Minimum of 67 credits: 3 in written English requirement, 1 in information literacy requirement, 6 in humanities, 6 in social sciences, 9 in natural sciences, 6 in arts and sciences, 36 nursing credits.

Associate in Applied Science in Nursing

Minimum of 67 credits: 3 in written English requirement, 1 in information literacy requirement, 6 in humanities, 6 in social sciences, 9 in natural sciences, 6 in free electives or arts and sciences, 36 nursing credits.

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