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I want to earn my adn, and possibly persue my bsn in the future, I want to know if I can enroll in nursing school before I graduate

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Adonnia if your interested in becoming a nurse you can select from a range of educational options after obtaining a high school diploma. With a career path in mind, you can choose an appropriate nursing program. Licensed practical nurses (LPNs) complete an approximately 12-month program. These programs are available through community and technical colleges that meet state requirements. Aspiring RNs can earn a 2-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or a 4-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at an accredited university or college. Most nursing education programs combine classroom teaching with labs and hands-on clinical experiences in a healthcare environment. Courses in nursing, chemistry, anatomy, physiology and psychology are commonly found in nursing education programs.

1) LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (LPN) – Most LPN programs can be completed in a year and typically lead to a diploma. The training prepares LPNs in the procedures involved in monitoring the condition of patients, reporting changes, identifying adverse reactions to treatment, and reacting quickly to emergency situations. Classroom study is combined with practical components, during which students gain hands-on experience in a clinical setting to prepare them for work in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Once a your licensed as a LPN you may want to pursue a more advanced position. With proper experience, LPNs can complete an LPN-to-RN program in which they become registered nurses.

2) ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING (ADN) – An ADN program typically takes two years to complete and is designed to prepare students for the demands of a career as a registered nurse (RN). Program requirements include completing approximately 60 credits. Prerequisites for nursing programs may vary, but for any ADN program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent and proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination. Some schools may also consider high school grade point averages or prefer that students complete general education courses before being admitted into the nursing program. Once admitted, students are required to complete both classroom study and clinical work. In the classroom, students get a foundation in nursing skills and science courses. Clinical courses allow students to work in the field, learning practical skills in nursing. Nurses who've completed ADN programs and wish to pursue advanced nursing positions may continue their education through a bachelor's degree.

3) BACHELOR OF SIENCE IN NURSING (BSN) – BSN programs prepare students for careers as registered nurses, and generally require four years of study, including lower division courses and upper division courses with practical, hands-on experience. Depending on the program, students must complete around 126 total credit hours, including general education classes and electives as well as nursing courses. To enter a BSN program, students will probably need to meet minimum grade point average requirements.

All states require nurses to obtain licensure before starting a job, though specifics vary for each state. Students who have completed a state-approved nursing program must pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for either practical nurses or registered nurses. Some states and hospitals may also require continued education to maintain your license.

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