How Long Does it Take to Become a Nurse?

Now is the time to start planning for your future in the nursing field. But how long will that take? There are a variety of different types of nursing careers you can pursue, each with its own requirements. Some programs can be completed in as little as 12 months, while other nursing degrees could take up to four years!

The great thing about a nursing education is that there are many pathways you can take towards success. As a prospective nurse, you have several different nursing degree options: RN, LPN, BSN, and more. An RN typically requires two years to complete, while a BSN takes four. Goodwin College’s Our registered nursing program can take just 18 months to complete, not including general education prerequisite courses.

Let’s say you already have your RN degree or have only enough time to complete an Associate’s program like as Goodwin’s part-time, 18-month RN program. You can always earn your BSN later! With an RN to BSN program, you can complete your Bachelor’s online, part-time, or in hybrid format, in as little as 16 months. You can enroll in this program any time after receiving your RN degree.

For a faster route with fewer requirements and less responsibility, you could pursue an LPN. An LPN program can take anywhere from 12-16 months, whereas Goodwin College’s can take 18 months to complete, not including general education prerequisite courses.

Currently, there are more open positions in nursing than there are qualified candidates to fill them. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of registered nurses (RNs) is expected to grow 16 percent between 2014 and 2024. Nearly half-a-million jobs are expected to open up during those same years. The nursing field is growing at a much faster pace than all occupations.

Specifically in Connecticut, nursing job openings are well-exceeding all other occupations. According to the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, there will be approximately 1,100,000 nursing job openings by 2024. That is twice as many nursing jobs as accounting jobs, more than three times as many nursing jobs as teaching jobs, and about ten times as many nursing jobs as jobs in civil engineering.

If you dream of becoming a nurse, there is no doubt that now is the time to pursue your career path.  Amidst an aging baby boomer population, healthcare reform, and advancing medical field, the demand for registered nurses is growing higher than ever. And the opportunities for qualified nurses in Connecticut are ever-growing!

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