What Kind of Degree Does a RN Need?
You can get an associates degree in Nursing (ADN) which is a two-year degree offered by community colleges and hospital-based schools of nursing that prepare individuals for a defined technical scope of the nursing practice. Unfortunately, more and more hospitals are looking for people with bachelors degree’s though.
It takes four years to get a bachelors of science in nursing degree that is offered by colleges and universities which will prepare you for:
- Prepares graduates to engage in the full scope of professional nursing practice across all healthcare settings
- First two years often concentrate on psychology, human growth and development, biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, nutrition, and anatomy and physiology.
- Final two years often focus on adult acute and chronic disease; maternal/child health; pediatrics; psychiatric/mental health nursing; and community health nursing.
- Is intended to result in a deeper understanding of the cultural, political, economic, and social issues that affect patients and influence healthcare delivery
- Includes nursing theory, physical and behavioral sciences, and humanities with additional content in research, leadership, and may include such topics as healthcare economics, health informatics, and health policy
You will need to complete an accredited nursing program and pass the NCLEX-RN examination. Also something you need to know as a new graduate right out of nursing school is that you may not have the choice of places where you work. Keep in mind that to work in a hospital you will need to earn a bachelors degree.