Athena Fertig, AS in Nursing, 2003

Athena Fertig of Council Bluffs, Iowa, earned an Associate in Science in Nursing from Excelsior University (then Excelsior College) in 2003. She shares, “…Regents gave me the opportunity to earn my degree at my own pace while raising three small children and working full-time as an LPN. This opened doors to higher education that otherwise would have been unattainable for a GED holder.”

In addition to her associate degree, Fertig has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and, most recently, a post-master’s certificate for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.