Nursing: Direct Entry - Associate of Science

The OTC Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Program’s mission is to prepare students for careers as Registered Nurses (RNs). RNs are the largest healthcare profession in the world and are generally the most hands-on member of a medical team. Nurses aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty; they typically care for patients by helping them take medications, recording their conditions, counseling family members and much more. This is a direct entry program, meaning students are not required to have previous medical training. The courses are primarily offered online but may require clinical practice on campus or at a local healthcare facility. Graduates are eligible to write the NCLEX-RN exam to become licensed as a Registered Nurse. OTC Nursing graduates can find positions in hospitals, physician offices, nursing care facilities, home health care services, government agencies and other health care settings.

The ASN Direct Entry program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing and has received initial approval contingent on a successful site visit by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Care for sick or injured people
Stay busy and on their feet
Support other medical professionals
Build a practical skillset
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: N/A
Out-of-district Tuition: N/A
Average Length: N/A
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Graduation Retention Rate: N/A

Possible Careers

Physician’s office nurse
Emergency room nurse
Labor and delivery nurse
School nurse
Extended care nurse

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements
credit hours
Program Requirements

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Dr. Tena Wheeler
ASN Department Chairperson


Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the college mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student. OTC may admit you as a First-Time student just completing their high school, GED or HiSET requirements or as a Transfer student coming from another institution finishing up a certificate or degree. For more information, visit OTC Admissions.

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