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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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Summit College - Colton

Get your career started with an education from Summit Career College.

Programs Offered:
Certified Nursing Assistant
Licensed Vocational Nurse

Summit College - Anaheim

Get your career started with an education from Summit Career College.

Programs Offered:
Licensed Vocational Nurse

The College Network

Start your nursing career with The College Network.

Programs Offered:
LPN/LVN to RN - AS in Nursing (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
LPN/LVN to RN - BS in Nursing - Indiana St. - (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
Paramedic to RN
RN to MS in Nursing - Regis University (Licensed RNs only)

Lincoln College of Technology

Get the skills for a rewarding in-demand career at Lincoln College of Technology.

Programs Offered:
Nursing

Medical Careers Institute

Start a great career in healthcare with Medical Careers Institute.

Programs Offered:
Nursing (BSN) - Bachelor
Practical Nursing - Diploma
Registered Nursing - Associate

Western Governor's University

Online. Accelerated. Affordable. Accredited.

Programs Offered:
B.S. in Nursing
M.S. in Nursing - Leadership and Management
M.S. in Nursing - Education
M.S. in Nursing - Education (RN to MSN Option)
M.S. in Nursing - Leadership and Management (RN to MSN Option)

Anna Maria College - Online

Start your career with an education from Anna Maria College.

Programs Offered:
RN to BSN

University of St. Mary - Online

Give your career a boost with University of St. Mary.

Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

St. Louis College of Health Careers

Get your career started with St. Louis College of Heath Careers.

Programs Offered:
Patient Care Technician

Kaplan University - KHE

Get a professional education designed with your future in mind at Kaplan University.

Programs Offered:
Diploma: Practical Nursing

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