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how many years of college do i need to become a registered nurse

i want to become a registered nurse but i want to know the steps on becoming one

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Heather’s Answer

If you are interested in an associate's degree, it takes about 2 years total to complete the prerequisite (pre-nursing) classes, as well as the actual nursing courses. A bachelor's degree takes about 4 years to complete the necessary courses. However, to finish in the times listed, students have to attend full-time throughout the year (each college/university may vary a little bit). It's also important to note that the timeframes listed are also based on the idea that all of the required courses have available seats when the student tries to enroll (if not, the student may have to wait a semester or more for required courses to become available). Some students may choose to start in an associate degree program and then return for a bachelor's degree later in life. I recommend getting the bachelor's degree right away if this fits your lifestyle and personal situation. The reason I make this recommendation is because, in some areas of the country, hospitals prefer a bachelor's degree. The bachelor's degree also offers more opportunities for professional advancement.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. kellis G.
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Farrell’s Answer

There are still associates degree in nursing(ADN) programs, mostly at 2 year community colleges. However it becomes more like probably three full years of college work because just even to get into the nursing program you need several prerequisite classes. Then once you get into the nursing program it is another 2 years worth of classes and clinicals.

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I would suggest think about applying to a 4 year BSN (bachelors) program. In the end it isn't that much longer and you will eventually need the bachelor's degree. Most hospitals are now requiring all their nurses to have the BSN.
For starters, though, just start studying the prerequisites, biology and A&P.
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Amber’s Answer

You can obtain an Associate’s in 1.5-2 years. I would then recommend obtaining your Bachelor’s which can be completed online within 1-3 years.
Thank you comment icon This was super helpful, thank you! kellis G.
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Jean’s Answer

I agree with Amber's answer. Most institutions require a BSN in my experience. Good luck!
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