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.
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