Nursing is widely seen as an area where there will be strong employment prospects in the U.S. for many years to come. The aging of the American population has led to an expansion of many hospital systems and allied health services, and the recent “Obamacare” initiative is likely to give more people than ever access to medical services.
To build a long term career in nursing, it may be best to plan for a bachelor degree or even a postgraduate degree that can put you into one of the higher paying specialties. But every journey starts with a single step. If you’re just starting out and looking to get your very first qualification in nursing, it can be tough to figure out which way to go.
Online nursing degrees at the diploma or associate’s level have been a bit hard to find historically. But the choices have grown a bit lately. You’ll generally need a high school diploma or GED to start your career training as a nurse (more on requirements for specific degrees here).