What Education Is Required to Become an RN?

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In order to become an RN, a person can get a Bachelor of Science in nursing, or he can get an associate degree. Learn about three-year diplomas that are offered in a limited amount of schools with help from a licensed RN in this free video on nursing jobs and health care.

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Hi, my name's Kayti Brosnan. I'm a registered nurse here in Austin, Texas, and I'm going to tell you what education is required to become a registered nurse. There's a couple of different ways of doing this. The first one is a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing -- that's a BSN, which is normally a four-year degree that you can get in either a public or a private university. There's an ADN, which is an Associate's of Nursing...Associate's Degree of Nursing, and that's usually a two-year program, although your pre-reqs can take you a couple years in getting into the program, so oftentimes, that tends to be two or four years. And the other way of doing it is a three-year diploma, and that's a school that's within a hospital. In about the 1970s, they started to taper off, and there's only about 100 schools in the United States right now or hospital nursing schools in the United States that are offering this program. But those are the three ways -- you've got your BSN, your ADN, or your diploma. And that's the education that's required to become a registered nurse.

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