How long does it take to become an RN and what are the steps?
I am going to become a nurse, but I'm unsure of how getting my basics, while studying nursing, works in college. #registered-nurses #nurse-midwife #nurse #nursing #healthcare #hospital-and-health-care #medicine
You either need an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing before you can sit for the NCLEX (licensing exam). You will need to take several college level prerequisites before you start the actual nursing classes. Usually these prerequisites include math, english, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and statistics. Usually you have to apply to the nursing program, and the nursing school will consider your personal essay and grades. The nursing program usually takes two years, but there are many accelerated programs if you already have a bachelors. There is also a background check associated with NCLEX registration. After you graduate and pass the NCLEX you can apply to the Board of Nursing of whatever state you want to practice in. Many states have a compact licensure agreement, so you can practice in several states if you are licensed in one.
There are several ways to become an RN in Michigan; most community colleges have ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) programs, while some still have LVN/LPN courses as well. You can then do a bridge program to obtain your BSN. Most Michigan schools and universities have BSN (Bachelor Degree Nursing) programs, such as MSU, U of M, Oakland University, SVSU, Grand Valley, Wayne State, University of Detroit Mercy, and Madonna, to name a few. In high school, take all of your science courses and AP science, if it is offered. Some Michigan high schools also have CTE programs with healthcare being offered as a tuition-free course, which is another excellent way to show interest in becoming a nurse.
Good luck to you, it's a great career path, welcome to nursing!