A BSN is a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree.
There are two different ways to obtain this degree -
1. complete a BSN program which includes nursing school, or
2. complete an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) and then go on to obtain a bachelors degree.
Both of these routes will prepare you to take the NCLEX. You will not be able to take the NCLEX and become a Registered Nurse without first graduating from a BSN or ADN program.
I personally think either of these routes is a good option. I chose the ADN route so I could begin working as an RN sooner, and I'm currently working to obtain my BSN online.
I hope this helps! Happy Nursing (:
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Tiffany's answer above is correct.
However, I would encourage you to obtain the Bachelor's Degree of Nursing (BSN) rather than pursue an Associates Degree of Nursing. More and more institutions are requiring a BSN degree in order to be hired. For instance, Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles is a premier institution and they require a BSN to enter into their new Graduate Training program.
You will find that having a Bachelor's degree will allow for many more career possibilities and you always will have the ability to go on for a Master's degree after a few years of work experience. It will help you to move up the career ladder into advanced positions more readily.
To obtain your RN license you must first complete the BSN program then take the state board licensing test. This is called National Council Licensure Examination or NCLEX. It is the nationwide examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States.
Graduates of nursing schools must take this test in order to practice as professional nurses. Both graduates from Associates and Bachelors programs take the same test. This testing ensures that all nurses enter the field with a common level of knowledge.
The #1 ranked BSN school near Detroit is Wayne State University. Please review their website for entry level requirements and how to apply:
If you are still in high school, talk to your academic counselor about classes you need to take that will facilitate acceptance into a college nursing program. You will need to apply early!
It is also possible to take prerequisites for the BSN program at your local community college. But you will need to work with your high school counselor and/or academic advisor in college to ensure a smooth transition.
Once you have completed your BSN, you can take the NCLEX: https://www.ncsbn.org/nclex.htm
It is very helpful to take a study course prior to taking the NCLEX exam: https://www.ncsbn.org/4762.htm
Once this is completed, you are on your way to being a professional RN with a Michigan License!:
I know this is lots of information. Read it through. Ask questions.
Nursing is a fabulous career. It is well paid and well respected. I was a nurse for over 30 years and now retired. I finished my career at the top of my profession as a research nurse working with cancer patients. I cannot begin to tell you how meaningful my work has been.
The world badly needs professional nurses. I hope you find the will to carry forward with your dreams!!
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