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Which classes are required to be an RN?

A registered nurse is one of the most in-demand professions and has one of the highest rates of job security. A nurse must be a truly caring person with the patient’s best interest at heart. Many people decide to become a registered nurse each year. To become a registered nurse their classes that have to be taken before entering the work force as a health care professional. These programs include different classes that will educate and prepare a future nurse for their career as a working registered nurse.

There are three paths to become a registered nurse. Students can pursue a four year bachelor’s degree in nursing and have the ability to enter the nursing field as a registered nurse directly after graduation. The other option is to get a two year associate’s degree and work in nursing. The goal in this situation is to obtain a job that has tuition reimbursement that will pay for classes while going to school to finish the remaining two years of college to become a registered nurse. The other option is to get a nursing diploma which can take three to five years to complete. Diploma programs are offered through hospitals.

Classes in the two year associate’s degree program cover topics such as anatomy, physiology, psychology, nutrition, sociology and other areas of science and medicine. This program may also focus on specific areas of study in nursing like pediatrics, obstetrics or surgical nursing. Classes in a four year bachelor’s degree also cover the topics that are discussed in the associate’s degree program but they also go more in depth and cover a wide range of areas of study.

While attending at a four-year university, students are required to complete a set number of hours of core classes that cover the basics of education. These classes include English, history, basic math and science, humanities and art classes, philosophy, speech and in some cases physical education. After these classes are completed, the curriculum works toward the actual training to become a registered nurse. Nursing classes include chemistry, biology, anatomy and physiology, introduction to nursing principals, medical ethics, microbiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing research and practice and then classes geared toward specific areas of care in the later years of the degree. These classes are designed to prepare students to be the best nurses they can be and to arm them with the knowledge they need to properly care for their patients when they are actively working in their career field.