How do you get a nursing degree?

There are three options to become a registered nurse as follows.

  • diploma program (typically three years, not recommended for individuals who do not have an already existing degree)
  • associate degree (two years as a full-time student once the student starts the professional phase of the program)
  • bachelor's degree (BSN) (four years as a full-time student)

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You can either get an associate, bachelor's, or a master's in nursing, depending upon how far you want to go. To do an MS, you must have completed your BS. There are Licensed Practical Nurses as well as Licensed Vocational Nurses, and you need to enroll for a one-year course to attain this particular degree. To become a Registered Nurse, you must finish your BS and then appear for the nursing exam NCLEX-RN, offered by NCSBN (National Council of State Boards of Nursing). With several colleges offering programs in nursing, it's important you choose a program that's best suited to your needs, and that it comes from a college that is accredited.