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. Applies analytic reasoning and problem solving skills, using principles, concepts, and theories from the natural and social sciences to choose among alternative solutions to make clinical decisions.
  2. Uses multiple strategies of communication to express self, convey caring, and establish collaborative partnerships with clients* and health care providers.
  3. Participates in problem identification, assists in data collection, and uses interpreted research findings to plan and implement care.
  4. In the role of provider of care:

    Uses knowledge and skills to apply the nursing process to care for clients* in a variety of settings to restore and maintain health or provide end-of-life care.

    Uses a holistic approach to prioritize and evaluate care delivered to clients* across the continuum of the complex health care environment using established nursing standards and protocols.

    In the role of manager of care:

    Identifies scope of practice for members of the health care team. Appropriately delegates and manages individuals to deliver care in a variety of settings.

    member of profession:

     

    Practices within the ethical, legal, and regulatory frameworks of nursing and standards of professional nursing practice.

    Articulates the contributions of professional nursing to health care.

    Advocates for the rights of clients and members of the profession of nursing.

  5. Demonstrates a pattern of human-centered behaviors by maintaining an environment that signifies caring, sensitivity, and cultural competence with others.

* client: individual within the context of the family.

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.

Notice to All Students Taking Excelsior College® Examinations

Excelsior College provides its students with the resources and support necessary to successfully complete its associate degree in nursing program. In response to numerous questions from students, please know that in no way is Excelsior College affiliated with any test preparation company. We do not promote, endorse, review or approve the products these companies offer. For more information, visit our About Test Preparation Services page, or contact an Excelsior College advisor at 888-647-2388.

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