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What is the best route to take to become a nurse?


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Laverna there are different nursing degree types you can work towards. For undergraduate degrees there is a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and an Associate degree in Nursing (ADN) which are both pathways to entering the field of nursing but they are quite different. Nurses who've completed ADN programs and wish to pursue advanced nursing positions may continue their education through a bachelor's degree. Nurses may also wish to complete master's or doctoral degrees in nursing in order to qualify for advanced practice nursing positions, work in research, or to start a career in nursing education.

ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE IN NURSING – An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program typically takes 2 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, often including a capstone course. Prerequisites for nursing programs may vary, but for any ADN program, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent. ADN Programs may be a good fit for those who want a hands-on career and are not interested in pursuing administrative, research, or teaching positions.

BACHELOR'S OF SCIENCE NURSING – Those interested in greater career flexibility and additional clinical experience can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). BSN programs prepare students for careers as registered nurses, and generally require 4 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.

Hope this was helpful Laverna.

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Pallavi’s Answer

Hi Laverna, I agree with everything said previously. I just wanted to add that most nursing programs also have a semester of prerequisites to take that usually include Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Medical Terminology, etc. I’m not sure if you are already in college or about to enter, but one way to see if nursing is a good fit is to also take those classes and see if you like them.

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