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Nursing: ASN

ASN students practicing in the sim lab with a professor.

Enter a rewarding, in-demand profession sooner than you think.

Why Earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ASN)?

An associate degree in nursing (ASN) focuses on direct patient care and is an ideal educational option if you are looking to start your nursing career as soon as possible. Earning your degree through an accredited ASN program also prepares you to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, a requirement for many nursing positions.

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Career Outlook & Success

12%

expected demand for RNs through 2028 -- much faster than the average occupation (BLS.gov)

93.3%

career placement within six months of graduation for 2-year ASN program graduates (2019)

$73,510

median annual salary for RNs in Indiana in 2019 (BLS.gov)

Why USF for Your 2-Year ASN Program?

We’re focused on you, and we’re convenient. Choose a part-time or full-time class schedule at either our Fort Wayne campus or Crown Point site. At either location, you’ll benefit from an expert faculty, excellent facilities, small classes and an education rooted in the Franciscan tradition of serving others.

Our accredited ASN program introduces you to human anatomy and physiology and the fundamentals of nursing; you’ll explore various areas of nursing from medical-surgical and mental health to maternity and child health.

Hands-On Learning: On Campus and in the Field

Top-of-the-Line Facilities

Our simulation lab and nursing resource center give you a safe environment to learn and practice patient care. You’ll gain experience with industry-standard equipment in professionally modeled exam rooms and patient units, as well as develop your understanding of human physiology with high-fidelity infant, child and adult patient simulators.

Outstanding Clinical Experiences

USF’s accredited ASN program takes you into real-world healthcare settings where you will continue to develop your nursing skills. These clinical placements allow you to explore multiple aspects of patient care and experience working with various members of a caregiving team. Recent field sites have included:

  • Lutheran Hospital
  • Parkview Regional Medical Center
  • Dupont Hospital
  • Parkview Randallia
  • Parkview Behavioral Health
  • Franciscan Health System Hospitals (Crown Point, Dyer, Hammond, Michigan City, Munster)
  • Methodist Hospitals (North and South Lake)
  • Saint Catherine Community Health Systems

The way the professors teach is the reason so many students succeed here. Their focus is not to just teach a class and give a grade, but to really help you learn. It’s a personalized and safe learning environment that builds your skills and confidence.

April King ’18

Crown Points students and professor.

Where You’ll Find Our Graduates

Graduates of our 2-year ASN program find positions in healthcare facilities throughout the region, including:

  • Adams Health Network
  • Bayview Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Benchmark Human Services
  • Franciscan Health Hospitals
  • Golden Years Homestead
  • Loyola University Medical Center
  • Lutheran Health Network
  • Northwest Medicine
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Parkview Health
  • Premier Hospice & Home Health
  • University of Chicago

Nursing Career Advancement

As you progress through your nursing career, you may wish to continue your education. A bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) may open you up to additional or higher-level positions, and pursuing a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) will prepare you for additional opportunities and leadership positions.

When a resume from a University of Saint Francis graduate comes in, it goes to the top of the pile for an interview.

Erin LaCross, MSN’09
Vice President of Nursing Services at Parkview Hospital

Accreditation

USF’s ASN programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN).

Our Mission

Rooted in Franciscan Values, faculty engage a diverse community of learners to serve society holistically as compassionate, professional nurse leaders.

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