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The Washington Post Sunday - - HEALTH JOBS -

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.

Li­cen­sure

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.

Ad­vance­ment

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

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