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Nursing degree options


Friday, January 06, 2012
If you want to improve the quality of people’s lives on a daily basis, nursing may be a college major you should explore.

You have the option of obtaining a nursing degree at various levels and in different education settings. Depending on your career goals, you can pursue your nursing degree at a community college, a four-year college or a hospital school of nursing.

If you are looking for quick entry into the health care industry, pursuing an Associate of Science in nursing at a community college may be a good option. You can generally earn this credential in two to three years. A diploma from a hospital school of nursing usually requires three years of study.

However, you may find it harder to advance in your career with an associate’s degree or diploma. If you plan to pursue a leadership role in the nursing field or you want to continue on to graduate school, you should consider enrolling in a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that a four-year BSN program allows you to acquire additional training in areas such as critical thinking and communication, as well as more clinical experience in nonhospital settings.

Regardless of the degree you pursue, in order to work as a nurse you must pass a licensing exam.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing states that the country is expected to experience a nursing shortage that will only intensify as the baby boomer population grows older. As a result, you may face better job prospects in the nursing field than fellow college graduates who seek employment in other industries.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800679176-ADNFCR

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