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What Degree Does an RN Have?

You may be thinking that you would like to become a registered nurse or an RN, but you are not quite sure what type of degree you need to get in order to make your dreams come true. There are many different degrees out there, but really only two will help you when it comes time to take the RN licensing test: an associate’s degree in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Each of these degrees can help you get well on your way to becoming the RN you have always wanted to be.

Most RNs begin their journey by earning an associate’s degree in nursing. These degrees can be attained at local community colleges and even at some smaller state universities. Nursing is probably one of the most popular majors for getting an associate’s degree and the nursing programs, even at this lower level, are very competitive to gain admission into. Once you are admitted into the associate’s in nursing degree program, you will be required to maintain a certain grade point average in order to remain in the program. This type of degree is so popular among RNs because it takes the least amount of time to prepare them to enter the nursing career field. Generally, you can get an associate’s degree in nursing in two years. Sometimes a little less and sometimes a little longer – it just depends on how many classes you can take in a semester.

There are those who want to bypass the associate’s degree in nursing program and just go for their bachelor’s degree in nursing before they take the RN licensing exam. These are the nursing students who know they want to seek out promotion opportunities and also even continue their education beyond the undergraduate level. If time is not a factor for you in becoming an RN, then this would be your best bet because should you want to continue your education in the future, you already have the BSN degree and can go right into an MSN degree or some other master’s degree in the healthcare field. It usually takes four years to complete the BSN degree and all BSN programs are highly competitive to get into.

No matter which degree you seek out, you still have to pass the RN licensing examination before you can become an RN. You need to be sure you study and prepare well for the exam because they are pretty costly to take. Of course, if you fail the exam once, it does not mean you will never be an RN. Just take the time and really study before you take it again. You have to know your stuff before you can be a good RN.