About eight seconds. First, whack the associate on the head, then grab it off the wall of their office and run, run like the wind!
^funny, but that's illegal. It can take a while to earn an associates degree, but generally is considered to take two years. My personal experience is that if you don't go full time, it will take longer, or if you change your major in anyway it adds time to your college stay. Going to school full time and working is really tough to do, but it's not impossible. It's even possible to get an associate's in less than two years if your really want to work like a dog.