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How many years do you have to go to school for nursing

My name is Jack DiCicco I go to Nessacus Middle School #medical-school

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Suzanne’s Answer

Hi Jack,
It is possible to sit for the state board exam with an Associate's degree of Nursing. However, I strongly suggest that all new and aspiring nurses enter a Bachelor's program. Why? You will receive the training and education needed to begin working in hospitals rather than in nursing homes. You will have higher starting pay. You will also be able to promote up the professional ladder by having a Bachelor's degree.

Here is some information from your state:
https://www.umass.edu/nursing/academic-programs/nursing-major

Please study the sciences, keep up a good GPA, and volunteer locally (Red Cross or other healthcare activity). Once you are in high school, speak to your academic advisor about the classes you will need to enter a nursing program. Getting into a good program is competitive so it is best to begin early!

I hope this answer is helpful.

Best to you,
Sue, RN, MSN

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Karen’s Answer

Hi Jack,

I completely agree with Suzanne. In the long run, it is in your best interest to graduate with a BSN. Most hospitals will ask that you are a graduate of a BSN program to apply to the position. That being said, if you were already working there as CNA or you had done your clinical rotations there it is possible to be hired and then obtain your BSN.
In high school definitely concentrate on the sciences; biology, microbiology or A& P. It is also great if you can take psychology, depending on what your school offers.
In your high school they may have health related clubs to join. Volunteering at the Red Cross or your local hospital is a great idea.
It is such a wonderful career - I am so happy you are thinking about it!

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Karen Doherty MEd BSN RN
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