Last updated Apr 25 at 06:43
It all depends what kind of nurse you want to be. Deciding what kind of nurse you want to be depends on how long you want to be in school - and how many years you can afford to be in school for - and also, what kind of future salary you're hoping to make. Here's a chart to help you out.
- Certified nurse assistant (CNA): 2 years at a community college + certification exam; salary range is $25,000-30,000/year
- Registered nurse (RN): 4 years in an undergraduate bachelor's program + licensing exam; salary range is $65,000-75,000/year
- Nurse practitioner (NP): 4 years in an undergraduate bachelor's program and 2 additional years in a master's program; can do more things that doctors can do; salary range is $65,000-75,000/year
In terms of how much you'd be paying for a school out of pocket, it depends on whether you go to a state/community school or a private university. Private universities can cost $60,000/year in tuition alone - this doesn't even take into account books, room and board, etc. A more cost effective route is to check out state schools within the state where you live - most places have an in-state tuition discount for residents. If you do your homework, you can probably find a place that'll charge $5,000-10,000 per year. Also, lots of people take out loans to pay for nursing school, which they pay back in their first few years of nursing. Since RNs usually don't have a problem finding jobs, this is a fairly safe (and common) route to go.
Last updated Apr 30 '14 at 00:38
To tag along to the above answer, for financial reasons sometimes people get a more basic nursing accreditation first (which takes less time and costs less), and then once they are working and making money, they enroll in programs to get more advanced nursing degrees. There are many transitional educational programs that help people with one type of nursing degree further their education while still working. For example, there are many programs for licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to become registered nurses (RNs). They can do this while they are still working, so this is a much more economical option for some people. Similarly, RNs who do not have a bachelors of science in nursing (BSN) can work while they go to school to get their BSN. Many hospitals are interested in hiring RNs with their BSN because they have more knowledge to apply when they are working. There are also BSN to MSN (masters of science in nursing) programs that a person can also do while they are working. It means a busy schedule, but again, can help you pay for school because you are earning money. Sometimes, you can even get your employer to help pay for the transition program because they want their nurses to have as much education as possible!
Graduate Instructional Assistant at Texas State University at San Marcos
Austin, Texas Area
Last updated Sep 22 '14 at 22:02
Nursing school usually takes about 4 years.
health informatics, medicine, clinical epidemiology, neuroscience, nutrition
Newfoundland And Labrador, Canada
Hospital & Health Care
Last updated Sep 25 '14 at 01:43
Just to add that there are fast track programs that are one and half years for students with four year bachelor of science degrees. This is to keep in mind if you have other interests in the sciences as nursing is quite a diverse field and having a background in human physiology, biochemistry is an asset in areas like a cardiac care nurse, surgery nurse, etc . By the way, I am not saying that this is a must but an option to consider as you have many options in nursing and can also consider applying for medicne with an undergrad degree in science and experience as a nurse.
Financial Assistance Coordinator at Fresenius Pharmacy
Last updated Sep 28 '14 at 08:16
It depends on what type of nursing degree you want. An RN usually takes around 3 to four years, an LPN around 2. It all depends on what state you live in. Look up your state's board of nursing online. They should have a wealth of information for you. Hope this helps! Also call a local college and see if you can meet with someone in the nursing department to ask questions to!