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What education is required to become a Nurse?

What kind of degree or education do I need to become a Nurse #nurse

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Anna’s Answer

If you are still in high school, I would suggest taking biology and chemistry as a basic understanding will help you when you apply to nursing school and during your nursing coursework. If there are hospitals or nursing homes where you can volunteer, those experiences may help to confirm that nursing is the career for you. Volunteering will also be an asset to your college applications.

It IS possible, at least in some states, to work as a registered nurse with an associates degree while you are pursuing your BSN. If you live in a state where an associates degree in nursing is available, you would need to pass the NCLEX (licensing exam) before working as an RN and most places will require a committal to earn the BSN within 2-3 years of employment. This option can be helpful if cost of education is a factor for you (School is expensive, right?). You can earn an A.D. in nursing at a community college in 2 years (if you attend full-time) at far less than the same education would cost you at a university. If your goal is to work at a hospital, many larger hospitals offer monetary assistance toward your BSN.

If you have any other questions about nursing, please reach out!
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Shannon’s Answer

Hi Abigail,

Registered Nurses have 4 year Bachelors degrees from a college. Real world experience in hospitals or other medical settings is taught as part of some college programs as well.


If you're interested in becoming a nurse do some research on good Nursing programs offered and see what best fits you, location, program, tuition cost, etc.

https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-nursing-schools/nur-rankings

USNews is a trusted website for college rankings and information.


When you find several programs that you like and would want to pursue, research the school's nursing program on their official university website. I went ahead and looked up Indiana University's Nursing website as an example since your question says Versailles Indiana


https://nursing.indiana.edu/academics/bsn/index.html

https://igps.iu.edu/sisaadm-prd/maps/view/1ad824b7-b3cd-11e4-8041-9463e9cd9b35?guest=true


A student as Indiana nursing will take 4 years of courses in nursing, science, humanities and other general electives.

Best of luck!

Shannon recommends the following next steps:

https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-nursing-schools/nur-rankings
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