Quote from confusedone
ok heres the deal. I just got my GED and would love to be a nurse. i would like to know how long the whole school process takes. from the begining(pre-reqs) all the way to the end (taking the final exam to be a RN) please helppp
I know it would be nice to package it all into a statement of how many years or months it will take, but that's not always possible. A lot depends on how good a student you are, how many credit units you are able to handle at one time and your finances. The ADN programs are, generally, supposed to last 2 years. However, most won't allow you to register in the actual nursing classes until you've finished up most of your other college work, so you're talking about 3 years at the best if you go to school full time. Another monkey wrench in the works here is that many schools have a waiting list to get into the actual nursing classes, some of them as long as 2 or 3 years wait.
A BSN is going to take longer because there are more requirements to get that degree. Traditionally, it takes 4 years, but it's more realistic to plan on 5. This, again, is assuming you take classes full time.
Your nursing school assists you in filling out the application to take the NCLEX licensing exam to become an RN. The norm is to take this exam within a few short months of finishing nursing school.
It helps in planning if you know the specific nursing school(s) you want to go to because you can look at their requirements for the degree. Every school has different requirements to graduate.