Registered Nursing Programs By State
Campus-based Nursing Programs Whether you want to become a licensed practical nurse, a registered nurse, or a nurse practitioner, campus-based nursing schools may offer programs to help you reach your goals. Nursing programs with a strong on-campus element allow students to learn in a traditional classroom setting, engage in clinical studies in laboratories and participate in on-site training in nearby medical facilities.
The on-campus nursing programs you choose might take anywhere from one year to four, depending upon the degree sought. Nursing diplomas can take as little as one year, while associate degrees typically take two years. Bachelor's degrees usually require four years of education, while a master's degree can require up to three additional years of work over the undergraduate degree. Whether you choose online or campus-based nursing programs, an accredited program can help ensure that you qualify for the nursing license exam in your state.
Those who graduate from registered nursing schools should be prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) and move into entry work as a nurse. Nurses can find work in a variety of medical settings, including clinics, hospitals, offices of physicians, home health care and many more. Graduates of on-campus nursing schools might pursue careers as licensed practical nurses (LPNs), licensed vocational nurses (LVNs), registered nurses (RNs) or advanced practice nurses.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for nurses is excellent, with a projected job growth of 26 percent nationally from 2010 to 2020 for registered nurses and nurse practitioners, and an expected growth of 22 percent for LPNs/LVNs. The median annual income nationally for nurse practitioners was $89,960 in May 2012, while registered nurses made $65,470 and LPNs earned $41,540 during that same period.