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Find Your Path to the RN Title

Find Your Path to the RN Title

Nursinglink

January 28, 2012

In all States and the District of Columbia, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the NCLEX-RN. But there are many ways to get there!

You can obtain one (or more!) of several degrees in order to become a nurse.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN): This degree is typically gained through a year of training at a hospital, graduation from vocational-technical school, or through community college.

Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN): is acquired through graduation from community college and usually takes two years. It prepares an RN for a very defined set of clinical practices, and coursework includes technical practice and nursing theory. Many nurses with an ADN will return to school for a BSN or higher degree.

Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing (BSN): A Bachelor of Sciences in Nursing (BSN) requires graduation from a traditional 4-year college or university, and provides the full preparation for the entire scope of RN responsibilities. The preparation from a BSN includes nursing theory and broad clinical practice, as well as study of human development, psychology, chemistry, biology, and nutritional sciences. BSN holders are qualified to pursue masters degrees and Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) professions, including Nurse Practitioner (NP), Certified Nurse Midwife (CNW) , Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS), or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

To explore Nursinglink’s Lists of Accredited ADN and BSN programs, click here.

Related Read: ADN vs. BSN: Which to Choose?

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    There are new avenues now to obtain your RN for LPNs that I don't see mentioned. One such method is from a program called Achieve Test Prep, where you can go to one of their schools on campus, or attend by virtual classroom. They help you to fast-track by testing out of classes, the material is taught by RN's, and it takes less time and money. www.achievetestprep.com/info. Good information to know.

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    to xtrinaxrenaex:
    No BSN is a bachelors degree. Basically like any other bachelors degree except this one is specifically in nursing. You can find more information about this degree at http://www.onlineuticacollege.com/programs/bachelor-science-nursing.asp

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    Would it be worth it to do all the degrees; LPN, ADN, and the go for your BSN. I want the full experience as i am someone just getting out of highschool and going to college, and the only experience i have in nursing or anything related is a nursing course i took in highschool and volunteer work at a hospital

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    I have worked in dialysis for twenty five years doing bio-med to clinical, the kids are gone and now I can go to school for (hope to be accepted) nursing. I never knew that when you enroll in college for a program that you are not in that program until being accepted into your chosen program. Many younger students never knew they were not on their path into nursing until their parents asked how much longer until we celabrate your graduation after their being in school for two or three years. The college I have been attending has lost and some how gotten their accredationback twice in the last two semesters. I have enrolled in several other colleges and praying that some one will take me. I admire the nurses I work with and feel sorry for them too. With health care going to the "dark side" of ways in saving money alot of things will not be done paper wise in order to give the patient all the care they deserve. Thank you all for the care you are always giving.
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