2 year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) often from a local community college
4 years for your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Either Degree you will have to take the NCLEX-RN exam (you take this exam after you graduate)
So what's the difference?
Some people get their ADN 1st then enter the work force earlier.
Also some companies offer tuition assistance to help pay for your BSN if you want to continue your education.
BSN opens more doors for you. The BSN often times can advance into management jobs, leadership positions, specialties and research.
I attended Dyersburg State Community College for my Prerequisite.(2 years). It’s optional to get your Associates Degree in nursing as a RN at a community college level.
I then attended the University of Memphis for my BSN. It was a total of 5 semesters. (2 years)
The first semester consisted of learning the fundamentals of nursing. I had 4 lectures and 1 simulation class. I managed to work a few hours on the weekend, but it did consume my life.
The second-fourth constituted of classes and actually working In the hospitals. These semesters were harder because you had to maintain class work and hospital work. It really tested my ability to multi task, and time management.
The last semester consisted of strictly working In the hospital and preparing you for actually being a nurse.
Good luck hope this helped!
Based on my research, the 5 below were listed as the best colleges for nursing:
1. University of Pennsylvania
2. Duke University
3. Emory University
4. Villanova University
5. University of Rochester