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Starting Your Career With An Associate's In Nursing
An associates in nursing or "ADN" degree can be earned in two years at most schools. It's the leading option for students who want become full fledged RN’s as quickly as possible. Although it doesn't provide the broad humanities background that a bachelor’s degree will, it offers a solid foundation in nursing and health care management – the kind of skills needed for employment in larger, high quality hospitals and other medical facilities. It also provides the foundation you need to have in pace if you want to move on later to a BSN degree.
Nursing is one of the top growth careers in the U.S. today. And the job pays well -- RNs have a median salary of about $64,000 per year in the U.S. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) Also, particularly in large hospitals, nursing jobs often provide excellent health insurance benefits as well. Salaries, however, run in a wide range depending on the medical facility and the RN's particular job title.
Considering it's benefits, the cost of an associates in nursing degree can be seen fairly reasonable. State schools and community colleges across the country offer nursing programs that can cost only a few thousand dollars in total. Because the American health care system keeps getting bigger and more complex, nursing graduates are in demand. And because of growing restrictions on how many foreign RNs can come into the U.S., nurses with American citizenship and a degree from a U.S. nursing school are now particularly employable.
The Exam To Become An RN
There are basic prerequisite courses in almost all two year nursing programs, including math, writing, social studies or other humanities subjects. But the bulk of the study will be in more "technical" nursing topics like anatomy, obstetrical nursing, family health, community health, geriatrics, pharmacology, psychology and the like. More here in the courses you'll take for an associate's in nursing.
Jobs For Associates In Nursing Graduates
Top Online Programs In Nursing:
Indiana State University
American Sentinel University
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