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Registered Nurse Career Path
To become a registered nurse (RN), you need to complete an RN program. To be considered for entry into an RN program, you will need to complete pre-nursing courses. Each school has their own set of prerequisites and requirements for admission, so be sure to consult the detailed requirements for each school before applying.
There are two nursing school pathways to become a registered nurse:
- Associate's degree (ADN): A two- to three-year program that trains and prepares nurses to provide direct patient care in numerous settings.
- Bachelor of science nursing (BS/BSN): A four-year program that prepare nurses to practice across all health care settings. BSN graduates have the greatest opportunity for advancement. For instance, a BSN is required for entry into a master's program, which may in turn lead to a career in management, or on to more specialized nursing positions such as clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, nurse educator or nurse researcher. A BSN is preferred and often required for specific nursing positions.
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?
Programs continue to develop so check the local colleges and universities in San Diego that may offer a second degree nursing program.
I want to try out a position in health care to see if I want to be a nurse. What can I be?
- Certified nurse assistant: Works under the supervision of a nurse and provides assistance to patients with daily living tasks.
- Home health aide: Under the direction of nursing or medical staff, home health aides provide health-related services to help elderly, convalescent or disabled persons live in their own homes instead of health care facilities.
- Medical assistant: Performs administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health practitioners running smoothly.
- Pharmacy technician: Assists pharmacists with pharmaceutical services, prepares and distributes new and refill medications, triages incoming orders, phone calls and in person requests and packages and labels unit dose medications.
- Phlebotomist: Prepares specimens for testing, answer telephones, relay test results, enter data, register patients, prepare stains and reagents, clean and sterilize equipment and glassware and process specimens.
Where do I go to school to become a registered nurse?
Programs continue to develop so check the local colleges and universities in San Diego that may offer a degree in nursing. Some of the local programs include but are not limited to:
Associate degree programs:
- Grossmont College
- Imperial Valley
- Kaplan College
- Mira Costa College
- National University
- Palomar Community
- San Diego City College
- Southwestern College
Bachelor degree programs:
- California State University San Marcos
- National University
- Point Loma Nazarene University
- San Diego State University
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.
Please visit our career website and type “RN” or “registered nurse” in the job search box.
Are there any scholarships available?
To learn about financial assistance, visit scholarships for school and training programs.