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Earn your degree at a school with others who share your values

At AIAM, we understand that a person’s wellbeing is about much more than just their physical health. That’s why our holistic Registered Nursing (RN) Program teaches students to nurture patients’ mental and spiritual health with just as much clinical attention as they do their physical health.

Our curriculum’s focus on the mind-body connection sets the AIAM Registered Nursing program apart from others. In addition, students who have successfully completed a practical nursing program can participate in our advanced placement program which allows them to earn their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in only 15 months, setting them on a course for a long-lasting and rewarding healthcare career.

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We treat the patient as
a whole person, not just their symptoms or illnesses.

- Helen Yee, Co-Owner

Is this the right career for you?

The job security that comes with a nursing career is nearly unparalleled in any other profession. No matter where, when, or how you practice, there will always be patients in need of quality, holistic care. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected that demand for RNs will increase by 15% between 2016 and 2026. There is work available whether part- or full-time, day or night, working with every type of patient imaginable.

The opportunity to earn a high wage in a relatively short amount of time is another attractive benefit of a career in registered nursing. According to a 2021 study by Indeed, a registered nurse working in the United States earns an average of $81,000 per year. Being a medical professional also comes with potential for tuition reimbursement and other handsome benefits.

AIAM is a cost-conscious entry into the nursing industry.
$335 / credit hour

AIAM Registered Nursing
Program Tuition

  • Program Details
    • 15 months, 5 quarters
    • Must be a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a graduate from a Practical Nursing program with a passing score on the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) entry exam
    • Holistic focus on both patient’s physical and emotional health
    • Graduates of the program receive an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in nursing and are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure RN (NCLEX-RN) exam; upon passing they will be able to practice as an RN
  • Registered Nursing Program Admissions Requirements
    • Complete a personal tour and interview with an AIAM admissions enrollment coach
    • Submit official transcripts of earned HS diploma or official HS diploma or official GED recognized by the Department of Education (or foreign equivalent) or official transcripts of earned Baccalaureate Degree or higher from an institution recognized by the US Department of Education (or foreign degree equivalent that has been officially evaluated)
    • Complete application form with $125 enrollment fee (can be paid at enrollment)
    • Meet with Financial Aid office to discuss payment options
    • Complete enrollment agreement and accompanying paperwork
    • Submit Practical Nursing (PN) transcripts
    • Must submit proof of a current, valid license as a Practical Nurse (LPN) or be a graduate of a Practical Nursing program (HESI entrance exam required if not yet licensed; AIAM PN graduates are exempt)
    • Non-licensed graduates of a practical nursing program and are not graduates of the AIAM PN program, must hold active Practical Nursing license OR be a graduate of the 9-month AIAM Practical Nursing program in December 2020 or afterward and enroll within 2 quarters of graduating from the PN program OR be a graduate of an approved Practical Nursing program with a passing score of 75% on the Health Education Systems, Ind. (HESI) entrance exam.
    • Complete the Distance Education Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How to become a registered nurse?
    Becoming a registered nurse requires time and effort, just like any other job. Here are the necessary steps to becoming an RN. Earn a degree: A four-year BSN degree provides extensive education and training in clinical nursing, leadership, and interpersonal communication. The fastest route to becoming an RN is to complete a two-year ADN degree, which covers the fundamentals of nursing. Pass the NCLEX exam: Students can apply for licensure six weeks before graduation and sign up for the NCLEX-RN exam. Participants in this computerized exam must answer at least 75 of the questions, and they have a maximum of six hours to complete it. Receive state license: You cannot practice nursing without the proper certifications and licenses. Evidence showing the candidate meets the state’s NPA qualifications must be considered by the board of nursing in the candidate’s chosen state of practice. Additionally, if you wish to work in multiple states, you must obtain a license from each state unless they recognize the licenses of other jurisdictions. Continue your education and training: Nurses who work on the front lines of healthcare must be up-to-date and well-informed to be effective in their work as their responsibilities change.
  • What is the quickest RN program?
    Students who have successfully completed a practical nursing program can participate in AIAM’s advanced placement program, which allows them to earn their Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in just 15 months, setting them on a course for a long-lasting and rewarding healthcare career.
  • How long does it take to become an RN?
    Unfortunately, there is no one answer to this question. How long it takes to become a registered nurse greatly depends on the degree you choose to pursue. In order to enroll in a registered nursing program at AIAM, you must be a licensed practical nurse or a graduate of a practical nursing program with a passing score on the Health Education Systems, Inc. (HESI) entry exam. Our practical nursing program can be completed in only 9 months. After that, you’ll be able to enroll in our 15-month RN program and, finally, obtain licensure. So, becoming an RN can take anywhere from two to three or four years, depending on the degree you pursue.
  • What types of jobs are available for RNs?
    Registered nurses (RNs) can work in various settings, like hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, schools, research facilities, and home health care. Within these settings, RNs may have multiple roles and responsibilities. Some of the jobs available for RNs include: Acute care nurses, Medical-surgical nurses, Pediatrics nurses, Geriatric nurses, Oncology nurses, Obstetrics and gynecology nurses, Home health nurses, Telehealth nurses, Public health nurses, etc.
  • What is the difference between a practical nurse and a registered nurse?
    A practical nurse (PN) and a registered nurse (RN) are both healthcare professionals, but there are some key differences between the two—they have different levels of education, training, and responsibilities. A PN typically has a shorter education and training than an RN. A practical nurse is educated and trained to perform routine, standardized tasks under the supervision of an RN or a physician. They may care for patients in hospitals, long-term care facilities, or homes, and their responsibilities include administering medication, monitoring vital signs, and providing basic bedside care. A registered nurse, on the other hand, has a higher education and training level. An RN typically has a college degree in nursing and must pass a national licensure examination to practice. RNs have a more advanced understanding of nursing theory and the nursing process and are responsible for more complex patient care tasks. They may also have supervisory responsibilities over practical nurses and other healthcare workers. RNs may practice in a wide range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, clinics, schools, and patient homes. To sum up, PNs are more focused on hands-on care and implement care plans set up by RNs and physicians, while RNs have a more advanced understanding of nursing theory, are responsible for more complex patient care tasks, and have a supervisory role over LPNs and other healthcare staff.

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