Nursing students have several avenues of education to travel depending where they want to spend their career. Degree and Certification opportunities include:
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): Students must complete 12-18 months of study before taking and passing the state license exam. This is a great way to get your foot in the door to the hospital. You can always return to school while working to get more education and more certification.
Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN): Nursing students generally have to be accepted into a nursing program and complete 2 years of study to gain their ADN. While an Associate’s degree is helpful, you should know that many hiring hospitals or companies prefer or even require nurses to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN): Students attending an accredited nursing program can receive their bachelor degree in about four years if they’re working as a full time student. A 4-year BSN is a popular choice among new nursing students because of its versatility in the medical field.
Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN): Once you’ve earned a Bachelor’s degree, you can return to nursing school to work towards a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree. Typically, if studying full time, a student can complete the program in about two years.
Doctorate Degree (DNP) or (DNS): There are two courses of nursing doctorate degrees: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS). Either of them can be acquired in about three years beyond earning a MSN.
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Once a degree is earned, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), or for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).