Thinking about training for a new career as a registered nurse is exciting, especially once all the pieces come together and you feel good about your decision. Now it’s time to pick what education program will fit your situation. Any of the three programs listed below will teach you how to care for patients and prepare you to take the NCLEX-RN licensing exam, but there are differences you should understand. Your options range from programs that take just under two years to complete, to programs that take four years to complete. Each school is a little different so make sure you understand the exact details of their specific program before you enroll, and make sure to compare the completion times of the same program at different schools.
Diploma in Nursing
A diploma program can usually be completed in about two years. Students typically study at a school devoted just for training nurses, such as one offered by a hospital. Courses are designed to build the clinical skills of graduates.
Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
Most ASN programs can be completed in about 2-3 years. In an associate’s program, some liberal arts classes will be part of the curriculum such as English or history. Associate of Science programs may be offered at trade schools, career colleges and universities.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Most BSN programs take four years. In a bachelor’s program, more liberal arts classes will be part of the curriculum. A bachelor’s program may also include courses in nursing research or community health. BSN programs are typically taught at a college or university. If a person graduates from a BSN program, they are prepared and qualified to enter a master’s program.
Now that you know your training options, it’s time to select the education program that will help you meet your goal of becoming a registered nurse. Learn more about Ultimate Medical Academy's 22-month Nursing program in Tampa, Florida. Or, perhaps you want to know more about our other healthcare programs. Let's talk today about your needs and career goals.