I've completed the TEAS, finished the prerequisites, and start nursing courses in January. My problem is I don't know if I will be an RN or an lpn. You graduate with your associates and sit for an exam (NCLEX?). I thought this means you're an rn but someone told me "no you need a bachelor's to be an rn so you're just a nurse. Not an rn or an lpn - just a nurse" which makes no sense to me because I thought you had to be one or the other. So that's my question. When you get an associates in nursing from occ are you an rn or lpn and what kind of jobs can you get upon graduation? If I pursue a bachelor's then what would that make me and what else would I be qualified for then? My ultimate goal is to work in a NICU, can you do that after leaving occ (and getting experience obviously) or is additional schooling needed?