Nursing Schools and Programs

Nurses treat the sick and injured, educate people about illness and health, and counsel patients' family members. Nursing specialties include the following:
  • Populations like pediatrics or geriatrics
  • Diseases like oncology, or HIV/AIDS
  • Areas of physiology such as genetics or gynecology
  • Home nursing, such as visiting or hospice
  • Hospital care, such as surgical, critical, or emergency
  • Education-focused nursing such as public health
Aspiring nurses must have a natural inclination toward helping people, plus ample amounts of compassion and emotional stability. Communication skills, ability to follow supervision, and a sense of personal responsibility are assets, as well.

Pursuing Your Nursing Degree

Several paths lead to a nursing degree:
  • Licensed vocational or practical nurse (LVN or LPN)
  • Registered nurse (RN) or associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN)
  • Practical Nursing, such as a nurse practitioner, through master's degree of science in nursing (MSN) with a bachelor's degree.
BSN and MSN degree programs may offer courses in leadership, communication, and critical thinking. The coursework may lead to a career in teaching, administration, consulting, or research. If you're already a nurse, you may consider a nursing program such as the RN or LVN to BSN. If you have a degree in another field, you may consider a BSN. For licensing, you may be required to pass the National Council Licensure Examination, or NCLEX-PN.

Job Outlook and Salary for Nurses

Nurses might be in demand through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010 Data. The median annual salary for RNs is $64,690 and LVNs have $40,380.

Nursing and Health Care Schools

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Keiser University

Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in high demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

Programs Offered:
Nursing, BS (Online Only)
Nursing, AS

Grand Canyon University

Don't Miss a Day of Your Future!

Programs Offered:
RN to BS in Nursing

Everest Institute

Reach your career goals with a degree or diploma from Everest Institute.

Programs Offered:
Patient Care Technician (Diploma)
Practical Nursing (Diploma)

Lincoln Tech®

Get the career training you need to succeed at Lincoln Tech®.

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Kaplan University

Advance your career with an online degree from Kaplan University.

Programs Offered:
MS in Nursing - Informatics
MS in Nursing
RN to MS in Nursing
RN to BS in Nursing
MS in Nursing - Nurse Administrator
MS in Nursing - Nurse Educator

American Sentinel University Online

Earn a self-paced online degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Management Information Systems, or Business Administration.

Programs Offered:
MS Nursing - Case Management
MS Nursing - Education
MS Nursing - Management and Organizational Leadership
MS Nursing - Infection Prevention and Control
RN to MS Nursing
RN to BS Nursing

Branford Hall Career Institute

Get the career you want at Branford Hall Career Institute.

Programs Offered:
Nurses Aide
Patient Care Technician I
Patient Care Technician II


Prepare for a rewarding medical or dental career at Medix. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

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Patient Care Technician

Colorado Technical University

As the workplace becomes more competitive, employers are looking for more skills. Everything you need to excel in IT, Business, or Tech Management can be found at Colorado Technical University.

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Health Career Institute - Wilsonville

Great careers start with an education at Pioneer Pacific College.

Programs Offered:
Diploma in Practical Nursing

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