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Associate of Science in Nursing


by Greg Cryns



There is some confusion about what an ASN degree is and how it relates to the RN designation.

You can prepare for the LPN exam with both certificate and associate degree programs. Similarly, for the RN examination you can employ associate and bachelor degree programs.

You need to understand that just graduating from a program does not entitle you to the LPN or RN designation. For either one you must pass a licensure examination. After that you must meet the requirements for the State in which you want to practice before you are awarded the LPN or RN license.

An ASN degree is an Associate of Science in Nursing. This is close but not exactly a BSN.

Once you pass through the ASN degree program, you are eligible to become a registered nurse (RN) by passing the national licensure examination (NCLEX-RN).

If you want to be an RN, the ASN degree will work for you. In addition, it will prepare you for the RN-to-BSN degree.


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