Hi, I hope that someone can help me with some information. I am doing my degree in health education and management, and I have an assignment to do where I have to compare the basic nursing education systems in america with those of african countries and I can't seem to find the info on the american systems. Can anyone tell me to look for that info. Many thanks geertje
Feb 3, '07
by NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN Moderator
what are the educational pathways to becoming a registered nurse?
rns must first graduate from a nursing program to be eligible to take the nurse licensure examination. there are more than 1,500 nursing programs in the u.s.
three types of nursing programs prepare you to assume different roles once you graduate:
bachelors of science in nursing (bsn)
this is a four-year program, offered at colleges and universities. bsn graduates are prepared for leadership, management, and more independent nursing roles. advancement opportunities are greatest for the bsn graduate. a bsn is required for advancement into a master's degree in nursing program. you can also enter nursing with an associate degree or a diploma.
associate degree in nursing (adn)
this is a two-year program (after pre-nursing courses are completed) offered at community and junior colleges. some hospital schools of nursing, colleges and universities also offer adn degrees.
this is a two- to three-year nursing program based in hospital settings. many diploma schools are affiliated with junior colleges where students take basic sciences and english requirements.
occuptional overview from us government: registered nurses
check out this series of articles:
entry into practice: is it relevant today?
good luck with your paper!
Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 21, '07
Quote from laurie01
Can I sit for the boards with this 2year associates. I do not want to waste money and time. I am doing this on line with my clinicals beiing done at the campus here in Tampa. I am so confused. I want to become an RN more than anything. I have to do this but I want to do it the right way can anyone tell me if this degree in Allied Health Science is the route that I need to be on.
After looking at the university's webpage (http://online.southuniversity.edu/ac...th_science.asp
) this is what it says. If you get the Associates in Allied Health Science, it would give you the prereqs to POSSIBLY get into the classes for your Bachelors of Science in Nursing, another two years, making four total before you would be able to sit for the NCLEX. You cannot sit for the NCLEX - RN boards with an Associates in Allied Health Science, you need an Associates in Nursing, which this university doesn't offer. It does offer, however, an RN-to-BSN program, which you could complete if you want to get your bachelors after already passing the NCLEX with your associates (presumably from another university).
I guess the main thing is - if you want to practice as an RN after two years of school, then this is the wrong program for you, because this school has it planned to be at least four years (Associates in Allied Health Science - 2 yrs, then Bachelors of Science in Nursing - 2 yrs)
Does that help at all?
Last edit by AlbaSurf on Sep 29, '09
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