Nursing Bridge Programs
What is Nursing?
The role of a nurse is varied. Nurses work as caregivers, educators, or researchers. They often support patients in very different ways and work in a variety of different settings, some of which include hospitals, schools, assisted living centers, private practices, government agencies, cruise ships, large corporations, just to name a few. This field is a rewarding one that takes determination and the desire to make a difference. Currently, the need for qualified is increasing due to the overall aging of the population as people live longer.
Earning a degree in Nursing
If you’re interested in becoming a nurse, you’ll need the right credentials to qualify for employment, starting with a nursing degree. You can earn a nursing degree at the associate, bachelor, master, and even PhD level from schools like Kaplan University and Herzing University. Lifetime earnings and the amount of job responsibility increases with each level of education attained. Additionally, the courses you take and the curriculum requirements will also differ depending on the degree. At the associate level, students focus on nursing theory and patient care techniques while students enrolled in an advanced degree often specialize in a particular area of nursing such as oncology, pediatrics, or women’s health.
The types of nursing degrees and programs available include:
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) certification
- Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)/Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) certification
- Registered Nurse (RN) certification
- Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN)
- LPN to ASN bridge programs
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
- LPN to BSN bridge program
- RN to BSN bridge program
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)