Associate of Science in Nursing

The Associate of Science in Nursing is a two-year associate degree and mobility program. If you are currently a licensed practical nurse (LPN), this program will prepare you to become a registered nurse (RN). Upon completion of the ASN program, you will be eligible for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

ASN Program Student Learning Outcomes

The ASN program at USF will prepare you for entry-level practice as a nurse generalist who will:

  • Value service and the caring behaviors that help individuals and groups achieve optimal health.
  • Maintain effective communication and collaborative working relationships with clients, significant support persons and members of the healthcare team.
  • Use the nursing process as a critical thinking framework within diverse healthcare settings to provide individualized nursing care.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional growth and lifelong learning.
  • Integrate related concepts from physical, social and behavioral sciences, and humanities with nursing knowledge, evidence-based practice and ethical practice.
  • Demonstrate the roles of provider of care, manager of care and active member of the discipline.
  • Use technology and information management resources to promote safe and accurate care.

Clinical Requirements

In order to participate in clinical experiences, you must meet the clinical requirements set by the Department of Nursing and clinical agencies.

External Assessment Program

The Department of Nursing uses a system of external assessment and remediation for pre-licensure students. You will purchase a designated testing package upon enrollment in your first nursing course. The primary purpose is to help you prepare for success on the NCLEX-RN. Results from these tests are also used to evaluate course outcomes.

You’ll be required to complete designated tests, including content mastery assessments, at specified points in the curriculum. In addition, a nationally normed comprehensive examination designed to predict success on the NCLEX-RN will be administered during the final clinical nursing course. You must achieve a designated satisfactory score on the comprehensive examination in order to meet course requirements.

Math Competency Program

A math competency program provides an assessment of your math calculation knowledge and skills, and consistent testing practices in pre-licensure programs.

Career Advancement

USF offers an online Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program and a Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing (RN-MSN) transition sequence. Upon completion of your ASN program, you may choose to enroll in either program, provided you meet all admission criteria.

Contact the Office of Admissions at 260.434.3270 or 800.729.4732 for additional information.

Additional Resources

The Indiana StateBoard of Nursing provides information related to nursing education and nursing programs, including NCLEX scores for all Indiana programs.