Education Programs

You can find more information about the different nursing education programs which are offered, in this part.

A nursing degree can be pursued at several levels. First you need to get a Registered Nursing (RN) degree which can be received by three major educational paths. These three educational paths are the Bachelor of Science Nurse (BSN), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) and a Diploma. They are offered at colleges and universities.

The Educational Paths to Registered Nursing (RN):

Bachelor of Science Nurse (BSN)

The BSN degree is the most recommended degree. Many nursing jobs may recruit you based on your level of education instead of on your experience. The BSN program may take 4 years to complete. It also gives you a stepping stone for further education into areas of specialization.

Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)

The ADN program focuses on the practical applications of nursing. This program takes two years to complete.

Nursing School Diploma

After completing either of these programs, every nurse takes a board exam to become a Registered Nurse (RN). This exam is known as the NCLEX-RN. Usually a hospital-based program, with a course study of two to three years in length leading to the award of a diploma.

The main work of Registered Nurses is to promote health, prevent disease, and help patients to cope with illness.

Baccalaureate Degree (BSN Degree)

If you want to do a master or doctoral level program you need to have a baccalaureate degree. Graduates of a Baccalaureate degree will be eligible for licensure as a registered nurse. They can work in a variety of inpatient care settings and ambulatory care settings, including hospitals, clinics, home health care, community agencies, schools and industries.

Master's Degree

Like a Spanish MBA, the master’s program builds on knowledge, skills and competencies of a baccalaureate nursing education. It is offered by senior colleges or universities. A master’s degree is required if you want to do a doctoral study. People with a master’s degree in nursing are prepared to work in a variety of advanced practice nursing roles. Examples of these roles are Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Nurse Anaesthetist, Nurse Midwife or Nurse Administrator.

Nursing Doctorate Degree

When you have a baccalaureate degree in another field, you can join the nursing doctorate program. A post baccalaureate nursing doctorate curriculum is provided to enter into professional nursing practice, and preparation for initial licensure. The program is more focused on developing advanced practice nurse specialist skills, usually in evaluation, outcome research, entrepreneurship, leadership, education and/or clinical practice. This program takes four years to complete. To prepare leaders who can affect change through system redesign and evidenced-based decision making in a variety of clinical, organizational, and educational settings is the goal of a nursing doctorate program.

Associate Degree

The associate degree program prepares you to provide Registered Nurse care in numerous of settings. This program takes about 2 to 3 years and is offered at senior colleges and universities. The emphasis of the colleges and universities is placed on course work in general education and nursing. Graduates are prepared to practice in structure care settings.

As you can see there are several programs to get your nursing degree. The degree which is most appropriated for you depends of course on the nursing field you want to specialize in.

How to become a travel nurse

Becoming a travel nurse requires you to attend a nursing school where you will have to get at least a Registered Nurse degree. This degree can be received by a traditional four-year BSN degree, a two-year ADN program, or a diploma which may take three-years and which is usually a hospital based program. After you passed the NCLEX-RN exam, you have to work for at least one year in the specialty of your choice before you can work as a travel nurse.