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If you already have a bachelors degree, you might want to think about taking your RN program through a community college. Although, you have a bachelors degree, you will still be required to complete the non- clinical course work particular to the RN program - if you have not already done so - to include the following.

* Anatomy & Physiology I * Anatomy & Physiology II * Microbiology * Chemistry for Allied Health * General Psychology * Child Psychology Each college may be slightly different in terms of curriculum requirements, however the above is generally standardized. I am assuming your other course work such as English composition, humanities, sociology, etc. will be transferred from you four year institution. It is strongly recommended that you complete all the critical science courses first before going on to the professional phase course work in nursing. I say this because the RN program is very intensive. If you couple other courses with your professional phase courses it will be that much harder to realize successful out-comes.

Now, the time it will take you to complete the program may vary depending on how much of the above has already been satisfied. Once you reach the professional phase of the program it can take approximately two years, unless the college offers an accelerate program in which case it may take a year and a half to complete.

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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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If you already are a registered nurse at the associates level, it will take approximately two additional years to complete the BSN. If not, it will depend on the institution you are transferring to, what you have completed at the associates level, and how many credits they are willing to transfer over toward the BSN.

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