Nursing is a profession for those committed to making a difference in what could be the toughest moments in people’s lives. They are dedicated, caring individuals who have undergone extensive training to best prepare them to help their patients in need. But what types of nursing degree programs are there? What kind of nurse should you train to be?
For those dedicated individuals looking to head back to school and join the ever-expanding field of nursing, there’s another big decision to make: becoming a registered nurse (RN), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or certified nursing assistant (CNA). Each of these careers has different requirements, responsibilities, and earning potential:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN):While it is not always required, a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing is preferred by almost 80 percent of healthcare employers. For this reason, a BSN degree can actually introduce you to more (and often more fulfilling) job opportunities in the nursing field. With a BSN degree in hand, you will have a greater likelihood of standing out among other applicants as well as an increased potential at a higher starting salary rate. At Goodwin, you can customize your BSN program and class schedule to meet your specific needs.
- Registered Nursing (RN) degree:An RN degree, otherwise known as an Associate Degree in Nursing, is one of the fastest, most common pathways to becoming a nurse. At Goodwin College, you can complete your RN degree in as few as 18 months part-time. This means that you can continue to work while still obtaining an education. Upon completion of an associate program, you will sit for the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) to become licensed as an RN. Once you have passed the NCLEX and are licensed as an RN, you may choose to start working or go on to complete your bachelor’s degree.
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN): LPNs provide care for sick and disabled patients in a medical or home environment under the supervision of an RN. The additional job skill required of a registered nurse means that a registered nursing program is more intensive and can take more time to complete than becoming a licensed practical nurse. An LPN must have completed an accredited practical nurse program and successfully passed the National PN NCLEX.
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA): CNAs provide basic care to patients under the supervision of an RN or LPN. They are required to answer call lights, assist patients with bathing and dressing, serve and fed patient meals, take vital signs, report changes to nursing staff, and transport patients and make beds. A Certified Nursing Assistant must have completed a post-secondary training program and passed the certification exam for the state in which they practice.
Whether you are just applying to colleges, or are fully prepared and ready to take nursing school on, there is a place for you at Goodwin. Here, nursing applications are accepted three times a year, and there are no lists for nursing enrollment. Call us at 800-889-3282 to learn more.
Goodwin College is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin College was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.