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Why do I need to take English?

March 22nd, 2011 by – Sue Barton

 I’m an LPN with years of experience.  Every time I consider going back to school to get an RN degree, I find I need to take courses like English and social studies.  I would be perfectly willing to take science courses, but why do I need courses that don’t have anything to do with nursing? 

An LPN license is attained at the end of what is typically a one year academic program, often in a vocational setting.  An RN license results from taking the NCLEX after completing at minimum an Associate Degree in Nursing, or alternatively a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  These degrees are offered at community colleges or four year liberal arts colleges.  In order to qualify for an associate or bachelor’s degree, you must also take the core courses that are common to college students across academic disciplines.  It’s assumed, for example that if you are a college graduate you have good skills in English (can write, comprehend literature), as well as have familiarity with the social science fields (history, psychology, philosophy, for example).

While these requirements may seem like roadblocks to your nursing goals, in fact they contribute to your development as a well rounded educated person.  If you have been in practice for several years, you may enjoy the change of pace they represent.  Because they are not clinical courses, you may be able to test out of courses you feel you are already knowledgable in.  Most others can be completed online for maximum flexibility.

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