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What should I major in if I want a career in nursing?

Hi, i'm asking because I would like to know what i'd have to major in so I can go to school to be able to have a career in nursing. #doctor #registered-nurses #nurse-practitioner #nursing-education

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Stephani’s Answer

To get a nursing degree, you usually have to major in nursing, unless you do an accelerated program and you already have a Bachelor's degree, then it's another 2 years of nursing specific schooling. Depending on where you live, many hospitals and facilities are phasing out hiring RNs with anything less than a Bachelor's degree, and in many cases, do not even hire LPNs. You should look around for job openings in your area just to get a feel of what types of nurses are in demand in your area. If I were you, I wouldn't waste time going to a school that makes you take a bunch of other classes just to get into the nursing program, because then it just drags everything out longer. Many will have you do per-requisits while you are technically in the program, but if you are not already accepted, then you might end up doing all those extra classes and never getting to actually take the nursing ones. Your best bet the way things are going now, is to either go to a school that offers a BSN program, or to do an ADN (Associates) to BSN bridge program. I hope this helps!

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Shannon’s Answer

Hi,
From my experience it depends on the school you attend and the majors they have. Some schools offer a full Nursing program and some offer a Pre-Med program that gives the classes needed to take certain exams like LPN, etc. The best thing to do is to look up schools you are interested in and see what majors they offer and call them to see if students majoring in this field go into nursing or another medical field. Google Bachelors programs with Nursing in the area you choose and see what comes up. But definitely call the schools and see how their program is set up.

Thank you comment icon Hi Shannon! Thank you so much for the amazing advice you provided to Alexia above. I was wondering if I could ask you a few follow-up questions I had out of curiosity: 1. Do you have any personal experiences/friends who went through the process of becoming a nurse that you could talk about? I'd love to hear some more perspective on the education/entire process of becoming a nurse. 2. Do you happen to know any specific majors besides full fledged nursing programs that would be good? Just in case the college one attends doesn't have a full program. Thank you so much in advance. Cheers, David David Ohta COACH
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Rachel’s Answer

In order to become a Registered Nurse (RN) you need to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

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Estelle’s Answer

The fastest track is to major in nursing.
RN you can do either:
2 year Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN)
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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)
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