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How Long Is Nursing School - Nursing Degrees / Time To Complete

Associates of Science in Nursing - ASN

An Associate of Science in Nursing or ADN is the quickest route to beginning your career as a registered nurse. You can obtain your ASN at your local community college in as little as two years. This route is a great stepping stone to getting your BSN.

Bachelors of Science in Nursing - BSN

A Bachelors of Science in Nursing or BSN is a four year program for individuals just getting into nursing. Individuals holding an Associates of Science in nursing may look at the RN to BSN, the accelerated program to BSN from ASN takes in to account work experience towards college credit and the BSN can be obtained in as little as two years.

If you already hold a Bachelors degree in another subject area and are thinking about nursing you can obtain your BSN is as little as two years utilizing Accelerated BSN Programs offered by universities for students with existing associates and bachelors degrees.

Masters of Science in Nursing - MSN

A Masters of Science in Nursing can be obtained in as little as 18 months after receiving your BSN. When studying for your MSN you will focus on a specific area of studies, possibly taking up clinical training or research. It is common for MSN's to combine their nursing studies with business studies and obtaining both a MBA and MSN.

Doctorate of Science in Nursing - DNP - PhD

Doctorate of Nursing Degree holders are in high demand are expected to continue to be in demand over the next several decades. DNP degree holders typically go on to run health care facilities or take on clinical research projects. A typical DNP program will take at least five years to complete.

Types Of Nursing Degrees
DegreeTime in schoolAvg Salary
Nursing Schools
RN Degreee2 Years$45,000
BSN Degree4 Years$70,000
MSN Degree6 Years$94,000
Doctorates Science Nursing8 Years$100,000+

The certified nursing assistant programs certification is a one year college level entry level nursing assistant certification. You obtain one year of college credits while getting certified to become a nurses assistant.

The family,neonatal,legal,psychiatric and forensic nursing programs are for existing registered nurses at least holding a bachelors degree in nursing. Registered nurses looking to specialize in a specific field of nursing can earn 50-60% more by being certified.

Schools that offer Bachelors for nursing