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How much years of schooling to become a nurse?

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Aaron’s Answer


You ask a great question that has somewhat of a loaded answer. The title "nurse" can be applied broadly depending the level of educational preparation and the license a nurse possess. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) identifies 3 levels of nursing which I've listed in order of least amount of education to greatest: Licensed Practical or Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN), Registered Nurse (RN), and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) ( LPN/LVN nurses typically complete a program that is 1 year of full-time coursework and receive a certificate of completion which then would qualify the student to take the NCLEX-PN. RNs typically have a least an associates degree in nursing science or a bachelors of science in nursing in order for the student to qualify to take the NCLEX-RN. There are some diploma programs that are usually hospital or facility based that offer a certificate of completion, similar to an LVN/LPN arrangement though these are not common. Finally, APRNs have a minimum of a masters of science in nursing or a doctorate of nursing practice or PhD. APRNs have different certification exams depending on the specialty the APRN selects. has a fantastic chart that details all of this further (

Aaron recommends the following next steps:

Research the different levels of nursing - LVN/LPN, RN, APRN
Determine what jobs each level of nursing does and search local hospitals, nursing homes, or medical offices to see what the job prospects are
Check your local community colleges or universities to see what nursing programs are available in your area
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Nancy’s Answer

This response is spot on! I would only add that going through a Certified Nursing Assistant program prior to beginning any higher level nursing program will serve you well throughout your career. First you can get a job right away, and some nursing homes will teach you AND pay you at the same time. Second, the skills you will learn as a CNA will serve you well. While it is admirable to be admitted to and graduate from a University BSN program, those programs don't necessarily teach fundamental skills that you will need, such as how to make an occupied bed. (Believe it or not, this is a pretty important skill!) Nursing is a career that will serve you well. You can get a job anywhere in the Universe!
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Gururaj’s Answer

Hi Vanisha

You may take a look into detail qualifications required and different nurse courses @

Hope you get what you are looking from. With new NEP 2020 getting announced in India, things may slowly start chasing but I believe existing would continue
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Hemant’s Answer

Nursing is considered to be one of the most demanding job in the world!
The job guarantee is 100%.
One can do nursing after 10th 12th
There are different categories in Nursing:
Post B.Sc Nursing

ANM can be done after 10th ( 2 years )
GNM can be done after 12th ( 3 years )
and BSc can also be done after 12th. ( 4 years )
Post B.Sc can be done after GNM and the duration is 2 years when it is done regular and 3 years if it is distant.