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How long will it take me to be a nurse or a teacher

I’m a dancer I love being caring for my friend and family #nursing #education #teacher #nursing #college

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Kaylee’s Answer

Hello. Both of these are 4 year degrees but you could do it in more or less time, it is your path so you finish when you do, do not become overwhelmed!
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mary’s Answer

To become a nurse you can attend a two year or four year degree program. Once completed you sit for the credentialing exam.

mary recommends the following next steps:

research what programs are available in your area
research the pass rates for the nursing programs in your area
research the cost for the nursing programs in your area
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Elena’s Answer

Hi Amaya! There are different paths that you can take if you like to take care of other people (by the way, you can still be a dancer!). You can explore options to be a social worker, a teacher (maybe early childhood education?), or a nurse. Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield is right down the road from you and you can call us to ask questions about two-year degrees in these specialties. After you complete you two-year Associate degree (at a very low expense!), you can transfer to a four-year college or university and finish your Bachelor's degree. Please give BCC a call, and we can talk you through this! Good luck!

Elena recommends the following next steps:

Call Berkshire Community College at 413-499-4660
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Amanda’s Answer

Both teaching and nursing generally require a 4-year bachelor's degree, but if you're getting a bachelor's in an unrelated field (like dance), you have some options.

- Teaching: I recommend reading this article in full, but you can also skip down to the part where it describes the routes of either getting a masters in education/teaching (a couple of years of study), or alternative certification programs (like Teach for America or The New Teacher Program): https://www.teachaway.com/blog/can-you-become-teacher-without-teaching-degree

- Nursing: There are a couple of options depending on the nursing degree, check this out: https://nurse.org/education/becoming-a-nurse-fast/
Also, if you're interested in nursing, you may want to consider becoming a physician assistant instead- I believe it's a little bit more schooling (3 years to get a master's), but it can offer more opportunities for practicing, and I think the pay can be better.
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Adele’s Answer

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A minimum of a 4 year degree in education is needed to teach and higher education is necessary to move up the administration ladder.
Nursing degree can be a 2 year ADN degree from a community college. Today a BSN degree is recommended and it is a 4 year degree. For advanced practice a MSN degree or doctorate is required. That consist of an additional 2 to 4 years. Good luck




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Karen’s Answer

Hi Amaya,

I can speak for the 2-year college perspective. At BCC our programs are designed to be completed in 2 - 2.5 years as a full-time student, this is the traditional path. However, a lot of our students have families, jobs, and are students so they may not have the time to go to school full-time, in this case, students can still take few courses during the semester and still complete their academic dream.

Our nursing program will require you to dedicate time to school. It is a demanding and very gratifying program and a lot of our nurses in Berkshire County went to school at BCC. Nursing offers diversity in roles and settings, a wide range of career paths, employment opportunities, and competitive salaries.

Our Early Childhood Education programs prepare you to directly care and teach young children and relating to working with families, it also provides training for those early childhood educators who choose to remain in the field at an associate degree level.

Below are the links to the programs I mentioned. -Karen R.L.
https://berkshirecc.smartcatalogiq.com/Current/Catalog/Programs-Of-Study/Nursing
https://berkshirecc.smartcatalogiq.com/Current/Catalog/Programs-Of-Study/Education
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Phoebe’s Answer

Hi Amaya, good question! Funny how we share interests in career paths. I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse. I chose the former.

You can decide to take a 4 years bachelors degree in either nursing or education.

In education you can further to a masters or PhD level and become a resident lecturer in college.
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Rick’s Answer

To become a nurse you can earn a 2-3 year RN diploma or associate degree in nursing (ADN) or a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).

The minimum qualification for teachers in the United States is a bachelor's degree, which typically takes four years. For elementary and middle school teachers, a bachelor's degree in education is all that's required
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Phoebe’s Answer

Hi Amaya, good question! Funny how we share interests in career paths. I wanted to be a teacher or a nurse. I chose the former.

You can decide to take a 4 years bachelors degree in either nursing or education.

In education you can further to a masters or PhD level and become a resident lecturer in college.
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Nina’s Answer

For schoolteaching in the United States, the typical time needed to complete a Bachelor's in Education is 4 years. It is advisable to obtain a Master's Degree as well, but that may be better at a later date once you have taught for awhile and have decided on your area of focus. A Bachelor's plus passing state subject area exams allows you to teach in public school classrooms. It is the best job in my personal opinion! Over 30 years and still feeling fresh! Best of luck in your decision!
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mary’s Answer

To become a nurse you can attend a two year or four year degree program. Once completed you sit for the credentialing exam.

mary recommends the following next steps:

research what programs are available in your area
research the pass rates for the nursing programs in your area
research the cost for the nursing programs in your area
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Simeon’s Answer

Teaching generally takes three to four years. It is possible to get it done quicker with summer work and AP courses helping give you some early credit.
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