Nursing Degree

Associate of Science in Nursing

Associate of Science Degree

National American University (NAU) School of Nursing (SON) offers a pre-licensure Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree program. The NAU ASN students learn essential professional competencies and skills necessary to deliver evidence-based practice to a culturally diverse population. The program provides students focused learning on how to promote healthy lifestyle, to provide quality care for acute and chronic illnesses, and to deliver end-of-life care.  Students develop an understanding of professional ethics and organizational culture. The NAU program stresses student attention upon the goal of lifelong learning.

Today’s dynamic and diverse healthcare field requires professional nurses who can champion health promotion and disease prevention, function effectively in ambiguous, unpredictable and complex environments, demonstrate nursing judgment and flexibility and execute a variety of roles throughout a lifetime career. Within nursing, there are levels of practice within varying settings, which require different educational preparation.

The NAU ASN graduates are prepared to take NCLEX-RN® exam. The graduates enter the nursing profession as a nurse generalist with a strong foundation for developing specialized clinical practice and other advanced practice roles. The program graduates possess skills and credentials necessary to pursue advanced undergraduate and/or graduate degrees. 

If students have already received their associate's in the field, visit NAU’s Online RN to BSN program to consider advancing their nursing career.

All applicants to National American University-Zona Rosa Campus are hereby notified that the Missouri State Board of Nursing may refuse to issue a license for specific reasons related to moral depravity, inordinate use of alcohol or drugs, or conviction of a crime.

Please see 20 CSR 2200-2.120 (3) (C) section 335.066, RSMo of the Missouri Nursing Practice Act with an explanation that completion of the program does not guarantee eligibility to take the licensure examination is to be available to applicants prior to admission. For more information on how you can obtain a copy of these rules, please see the following website for more details:

To learn more about program goals, learning outcomes and course descriptions, view the undergraduate catalog.

NAU offers courses for different degree programs that may be offered online, on-campus, or a combination of both.

Effective winter 2013-2014, the NAU School of Nursing is no longer enrolling students in the Associate of Science in Nursing program at the Denver campus.

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