A Quick Overview Of The Types Of Nursing Programs

There are numerous types of nursing programs for those seeking a nursing degree. To start with, you will need to decide whether you are going to seek a degree in Licensed Practice Nursing (LPN), generally a one-year-program, or in Registered Nursing, which will generally take three to four years from start to finish.

Vocational and technical schools and private career colleges are more likely to offer the LPN course, although some community colleges do as well. Many LPN programs have a part-time, evening class option, which takes about 18 months to complete and allows students to work during the day.

There are a couple of different choices for those seeking a career as a registered nurse. You will need either an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), which takes two years. However, there are eight to ten college-level prerequisite classes which must be completed before acceptance, which can add a year or two to your time in school. Another option is the Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN), which takes four years.

Community colleges are generally the cheapest route. Their cost can start in the area of $8,000 and upwards for a two-year-program – not counting the costs of textbooks and other supplies. Four year degrees at state or private universities, which offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, are another option. State universities are much cheaper but competition to get into those programs is quite intense and there are usually long nursing school waiting lists.

The more expensive, but much quicker options include private, for-profit schools such as Keiser University, and many others that are opening up and getting accreditation across the country as the demand for nurses increases.

There are also a handful of online registered nursing degree programs in the country. The State of Tennessee collaborated with Regents College to offer an online degree which does not require an LPN license, and allows students who complete the program to take the NCLEX-RN exam and be licensed as a Registered Nurse if they pass. This program is an ADN program.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh offers an Accelerated Second Bachelor’s Degree Program that is given mostly online, although students must travel to the campus for some of their tests and clinicals. There is a lot of competition for admission, and not all states offer the local preceptorships that are required.

Much more common are online nursing programs which offer Licensed Practical Nurses the ability to get their Registered Nursing Degree online, and which offer Registered Nurses the ability to get a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree online. These are the very popular LPN to RN and RN to BSN nursing programs.

There are many types of nursing programs that you can take to pursue your nursing degree and ultimately begin your nursing career. Pick the path that is best for you and get started today!

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