Nursing Programs

by David Paul Krug · 0 comments

If you have made the decision to become a nurse, you may be wondering how to choose a nursing program. Do you go for a certification or to a traditional two or four year college? Can you start working before you earn your degree or certification? These are questions that are common and the answers really depend upon where you want to work and how much money you want to make.

Certification Programs – These programs are designed to help people get started in the nursing industry. These programs typically only allow the student s to become a Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LPN/LVN). Unfortunately, the LPN/LVN is quietly being phased out by many of the larger hospitals. There is still work available for these nurses but many get this certification in order to work while they continue their educations. This offers practical experience under a registered nurse that can also speed up the degree process.

Two Year Program – Going to community college is a much cheaper option than going to a four year college. These programs offer the graduate a full Associates Degree Nursing (ADN). This is typically a great degree to have and offers many career opportunities in the field. There is a swing for nurses to actually further their career and many of the higher paying positions are not available to the holder of an ADN.

Four Year Program – Once the ADN has been achieved, the next step is acquiring a BSN or Bachelor s Science Nursing degree. This is a four year degree and is the best option for those who want to make the most money in their nursing career. This does take longer to achieve, but the hard work is definitely rewarded when the new nurse begins their career.

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