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Nursing School Admissions Process

November 12th, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

I want to further my carrier as a nurse in the USA. How can I get started with the admission process?

Depending on your background and any prior work in the sciences you might have achieved, you might be closer to nursing school than you think. All RNs must sit for and pass the National Council Licensure Exam, or NCLEX to become a practicing RN. In order to sit for the NCLEX, you must attend an accredited nursing school or program. Nursing schools are divided up into different programs:

  • There are diploma programs in which hospitals or other health care institutions provide training on the job for nurses, leading to the ability to obtain your RN license by sitting for the NCLEX.
  • Community college programs for nurses are typically 1.5-2 years long and focus heavily on clinical rotations to prepare you for different fields of practice. At the end of this program, you would be eligible to sit for the NCLEX.
  • Bachelor’s degree programs are anywhere from 18 months to 4 years in length depending on any prerequisite science courses you might have completed in a past degree. If you are brand new to the science or nursing field and have not received a previous bachelor’s degree but are interested in the theory of nursing and going into nursing management and leadership, a bachelor’s program might be right for you.

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