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Education There are three typical educational paths to registered nursing:
• A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is offered by colleges and universities and takes about four years to complete. • An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) is offered at community and junior colleges and takes two to three years to complete. • A diploma program is administered in
hospitals and lasts about three years.
In all states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, students must graduate from an approved nursing program and pass a national licensing examination, known as the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-RN, in order to obtain a nursing license. Other eligibility requirements for licensure vary by state. Contact your state’s board of nursing for details.
There are four types of advanced practice nurses (all of which require at least a master’s degree): • clinical nurse specialists • nurse anesthetists • nurse-midwives • nurse practitioners