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How do I become a registered nurse?
To become a registered nurse (RN), you need a high school diploma to enter nursing school. Nursing schools require a sound academic standing in high school English, algebra, chemistry, biology, physics and psychology. An understanding of computers and technology is also a great asset. Each school has their own set of prerequisites and requirements for admission, be sure to consult the detailed requirements for each school before applying.
There are two nursing school pathways to become a registered nurse:
What classes do I have to take to become a registered nurse?
Courses include biology, chemistry, physics, the social sciences, nursing theory and practice and the humanities. In addition, students get supervised clinical hands-on experience in hospitals and other health care settings. Consult the nursing school program curriculum for a specific list of course work.
What if I already have a degree in something besides nursing and want to become a nurse?
Many schools offer second-degree BSN, accelerated BSN or direct entry MSN programs designed specifically to allow students with previous bachelor's degrees to complete their nursing degrees on an accelerated schedule.
Which schools offer second-degree and accelerated nursing programs?
California State University San Marcos, National University and University of Oklahoma, San Diego, offer programs.
What school offers a master’s entry program in nursing (MEPN)?
University of San Diego offers a program.
I want to try out a position in health care to see if I want to be a nurse. What can I be?
Where do I go to school to become a registered nurse?
Associate Degree Programs
Bachelor Degree Programs
Are there waiting lists?
Waiting lists do exist at several colleges and universities. For accurate and up-to-date information, contact the nursing school program directly to verify waiting lists and times.
Are there any scholarships available?
To learn about financial assistance, visit scholarships for school and training programs.