St. Paul's School of Nursing Programs

Associate Degree in Nursing at St. Paul's

If you want to become a Registered Nurse, then enrolling in and graduating from an ADN program at SPSON can put you on the career track you desire.

On the other hand, if you are a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) who wants to advance your nursing career to become a Registered Nurse (RN), our associate degree in nursing (ADN) programs provide an entry path just for LPNs and LVNs. The SPSON nursing entry path also offers many LPNs/LVNs the opportunity to receive academic credit for general education programs that may be been having completed in an approved PN/VN education combined with having an active LPN license.

There are many good reasons for LPNs/LVNs to return to school to become RNs. Generally speaking, RNs usually earn higher pay than LPNs/LVNs. RNs can have more career options and can obtain positions in healthcare settings that may only hire RNs. Associate Degree licensed RNs also usually have more options for professional advancement.

Careers for Registered Nurses

There are many career options for registered nurses. RNs provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about all types of health conditions and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their families. Through their work settings and experience, RNs can specialize in several areas, such as surgery, pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, diabetes management, and mental health. They may also work to promote general health through public education and outreach programs.

Graduates of our ADN program may pursue various nursing positions in a variety of healthcare settings. Job titles for those with a nursing degree may include:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Charge Nurse
  • Director of Nursing (DON)
  • Emergency Department RN
  • Oncology RN
  • Operating Room RN
  • Public Health Nurse (PHN)
  • School Nurse
  • Staff RN

There are also nursing positions that do not include direct patient care. These positions include:

  • Nurse educator
  • Healthcare consultant
  • Researcher
  • Hospital administrator
  • Pharmaceutical or medical supply sales representative
  • Medical writer

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for RNs are expected to increase over the next several years.

SPSON Associate Degree in Nursing Programs

St. Paul's School of Nursing's Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program is designed to provide students with quality academic and clinical instruction. Our program educates students in response to society's continuing healthcare needs while developing lifelong learners and provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to sit for the NCLEX licensure exam. After graduation and passing this licensure exam, students can pursue a career as an entry-level registered nurse in a variety of clinical and hospital settings.

The ADN program can typically be completed over a 2-3 year period. The curriculum includes registered nursing courses, as well as liberal arts courses. The nursing component of the program includes clinical experiences with rotations in both inpatient and outpatient settings where students learn how to perform patient assessments and basic healthcare duties.

In addition to general education courses that include psychology and sociology, core ADN courses include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Nursing
  • Advanced Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Nursing Pharmacology

Students also learn about emergency care procedures and the legal requirements for medical personnel.

The Next Step

An associate degree in nursing (ADN) provides you with a strong foundation for a successful and rewarding career in the healthcare field, opening up many opportunities for employment in entry-level positions across a variety of settings.

Contact us today to speak to an admissions representative to learn how our associate degree in nursing programs can prepare you to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam to earn your licensure as a registered nurse in less time than you might think.

Offered in the following locations

Programs vary by state and campus. Not all programs are offered at all locations. Contact local campus for accreditation information.