What is the least amount of education to be a professional in nursing?

  1. What is the least amount of education to be a professional in nursing?

    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    Doctorate
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  3. by   suzanne4
    In the United States, you can have a Diploma, ADN, or BSN, and still write the same exam, and that is all that really matters. A nurse is a nurse......

    However, if you trained out of the country and wish to work in the US, you must have a four year degree. If you attend school in the US, then you can get by with a two year program......................

    Hope that this answers your questions..................
  4. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from StudentNurse825
    What is the least amount of education to be a professional in nursing?

    Associates
    Bachelors
    Masters
    Doctorate
    None of the above.

    A nursing diploma -- usually offerred by teaching hospitals -- would be the lowest level program that would lead to an RN license. By "lowest level," I mean in the sense that no formal university degree is issued.
  5. by   suzanne4
    Quote from LarryG
    None of the above.

    A nursing diploma -- usually offerred by teaching hospitals -- would be the lowest level program that would lead to an RN license. By "lowest level," I mean in the sense that no formal university degree is issued.
    Diploma was already listed in my response............................
  6. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    In a few cases, none of the above degrees are required. I have a friend who was in a four year BSN program, but due to a severe injury accident, she was unable to graduate, and left the program in her junior year. This was years ago, and she was allowed to "challenge" the NCLEX-RN exam. She passed and is an RN, licensed in three states.

    A licensed Registered Nurse is officially classified as a "professional" nurse.

    http://www.nysna.org/programs/practice/npa/npa.htm
  7. by   Lys
    Erika,

    That depends on the registration requirements where you want to practice. Here in Ontario (Canada that is) to become an RN (registered nurse) you need to have a BSN to write the reg. exam.

    We also have RPN (registered practical nurse, whom are not permitted to perform all functions of an RN) that requires a college diploma.
    Also, we have NP's (nurse practitioners) whom are extended class RN's (allowed to prescribe some tests and drugs, etc) that requires extra certification after a BSN.

    Do the responses here help to answer your question, or were you looking for more info?
  8. by   ICUNurse11
    [font='times new roman']thank you for all of your replies. they helped a lot.

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