Associate Degree in Nursing (only for Puerto Rico)

This program prepares students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work within a community hospital, laboratory, medical office or retirement home by balancing the aspects related to technical education and social aspects in the development of each individual.

The program is geared towards students interested in collaborating and participating in the planning and carrying out of direct nursing care for hospitalized patients or in outpatient facilities. Students will be able to apply skills, abilities and basic procedures related to natural sciences and human conduct, always under the direct supervision of a general or specialized nurse.

In the online division of National University College, this program is offered under a hybrid format, where technical courses are offered remotely while practical clinical courses and laboratories are offered onsite.

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CurriculumTuition and FeesLanguagesCareer OptionsStudent Learning OutcomesProgram Details

Tuition Study level REQUIREMENTS EstimaTED COST**
Undergraduate Estimated credits
Puerto Rico and Caribbean $180 70 $13,930
(Residents outside
PR and the Caribbean)

* Eligible US military students enrolled in fully on-line education programs (undergraduate or graduate) are entitled to a discount in the cost per credit ($250 per credit) as disclosed in the current institutional catalog.

** Total estimated cost.

*** Costs vary per program.


This program is offered in the following languages:

  • Spanish

An Associate of Science in Nursing (only for Puerto Rico) from National University College will open many doors in today’s job market. Learn about the current job market:

  • Hospitals, private and public sector
  • Medical offices
  • Homecare centers
  • Homes for the elderly
  • Medical insurance plans (auditing)
  • Clinical laboratories

ER Professionals, Personnel specialized in Critical Care, Oncology, Operating Rooms, and Specialized Areas, School Nurses, Community Services, High School Educators, and Administrative Professionals in departments and companies related to healthcare, investigations, pharmaceuticals and home care, among others.

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(Source: : Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor)

Competencies that can be developed through the program:

  • Perform basic nursing skills safely, in hospitals, doctors’ offices, laboratories, ambulatory and elderly care facilities, within the legal and ethical limits of the scope of practice for the associate degree nurse in Puerto Rico.
  • Choose effective verbal, non-verbal, written, or electronic communications with patients, families and the collaborative interdisciplinary health team, to achieve positive client care outcomes.
  • Use critical thinking and the nursing process to provide holistic and caring strategies, for clients of all ages, to maintain and re-establish wellness.
  • With an awareness of technological advances, research and evidence based practice, identify and apply the steps of the nursing process to perform nursing care for clients across the lifespan.
  • Use technology to manage data for safe client care decisions.
  • Demonstrate the use of: the cannons of professional ethics; social norms; and, the regulations and laws governing the practice of nursing in Puerto Rico.
  • Incorporate individual uniqueness, cultural diversity, and human responses when formulating holistic nursing interventions.

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