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
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for a Registered Nurse was $73,300 in 2019 while
Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses earned a median salary of $47,480 in 2019.1
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.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited June 27, 2020).