If you're interested in the medical industry, want a broad education that can open doors to a professional career across the many branches of healthcare including medicine, surgery, dentistry, and midwifery, and want to help solve the current shortage of nurses in America, a degree in Nursing could be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Nursing students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), master's degree (6-7 years), or doctorate degree (8+ years). Specific licensures and certifications are required before you can become a professional, practicing nurse, and each state has different requirements, making it important for you to research the requirements of the area where you hope to practice before deciding on a particular program or degree.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Nursing Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Nursing include:
- Registered Nurse
- Nursing Assistant
- Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurse
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Registered Nurse was $73,300 in 2019 (1) while Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses earned a median salary of $48,500 in 2019. (2)
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.
Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.