Associate of Science Degree in Nursing - Iowa and Nebraska

An aging population combined with a growing number of patients with access to health insurance is expected to create demand for more skilled nurses. Between 2016 and 2026, employment of registered nurses is expected to increase by 15%—much faster than the average of all occupations.*

Board of Nursing Approval

The Associate of Science in Nursing program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing, the Nebraska Board of Nursing, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Associate's Degree in Nursing Program Highlights

  • The degree program includes instruction in the classroom and online, as well as laboratory and clinical settings.
  • Classroom and online activities include videos, tests and quizzes, simulations, and discussion boards.
  • Laboratory requirements are fulfilled on-campus, where facilities are equipped with the medical tools typically used in the field and simulators for clinical scenarios.
  • Real-world clinical experiences are incorporated throughout the program at various locations in your local area.

Please contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about hours needed to complete the clinical practicum requirement.

Expand to Learn More

Continue Your Education Online

If you successfully complete the associate's in nursing degree program and pass the NCLEX-RN® exam, you are eligible to enter the online RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion program.

Expand to Learn More

Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.


What are the Career Opportunities?

At Kaplan University, our Associate of Science in Nursing is designed to help you develop the knowledge, clinical skills, and work habits to direct and manage patient care, communicate with patients and caregivers, and participate as a member of a health care team in the nursing profession.

To become a registered nurse, graduates must pass the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN®) governed by the state Board of Nursing.§

Graduates of our program who pass the NCLEX-RN® could pursue entry-level roles in the following fields:

  • Geriatric nursing
  • Maternal infant nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Mental health nursing
  • Medical surgical nursing

How Do I Get Started?

Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.



Online and Campus Start Date

November 08, 2017



Online and Campus Start Date

January 31, 2018



Online and Campus Start Date

April 18, 2018



Online and Campus Start Date

July 05, 2018



Online and Campus Start Date

September 19, 2018



Online and Campus Start Date

December 05, 2018

What Courses Will I Take?

This prelicensure nursing education program offers a dynamic curriculum designed to organize and integrate content, skills, and procedures, increase your knowledge and competence, and provide the foundation for progressively higher levels of nursing practice. Courses include:

  • Pharmacology for Nursing
  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Maternal Infant Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Leadership and Trends in Nursing
See All Nursing Courses
Program Requirements
  • Core Credits35
  • Major Credits75
  • Total Credits110

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition Rates

Select Your Options

Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
Enrollment Location: Iowa, Nebraska Only.
Tuition Discount Options:
Select One
  • Select One
  • Active-Duty Military
  • Military Veteran
  • Military Spouse

Iowa, Nebraska

$371.00 cost per credit
number of credits

Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Request More Information

To receive the Kaplan University Program Guide, including areas of study and associated career paths, please complete this information form.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Access gainful employment information, including program length, tuition costs, financing options, and success rates.

View Disclosures

Helpful Information

Whether you are on your way up the corporate ladder or just getting started, our degree programs and certificates could help you prepare to take your career to a higher level.

View Brochures
View notes and conditions

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, on the Internet National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Students are required to complete their clinical practice experience in Linn, Johnson, or Benton Counties for the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, campus; Polk, Story, Dallas, or Warren Counties for the Des Moines, Iowa campus; Black Hawk or Bremer Counties for the Cedar Falls, Iowa campus; and Lancaster County for the Lincoln, Nebraska campus.

Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Graduates must meet state licensing and certification requirements and pass the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse or the NCLEX-PN to become a licensed practical nurse. Check with your state agency for more information. NCLEX is a registered trademark of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.

§This program is designed, among other things, to help eligible students prepare for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. However, the University cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified or registered. A student's eligibility may depend on work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination.