Finding the Right Nursing Program

  1. Southern New Hampshire University

    Manchester, NH & Online : RN to BSN Online

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    • Ranked #1 most innovative school by US News in 2017!
    • Transfer up to 90 credits toward the BSN, with a minimum of 30 credits completed at SNHU
    • Complete your undergraduate degree at your own pace, over six 9-week terms per year
  2. Saint Mary's University - Minnesota

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : Accelerated RN to BSN Online

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    • Accelerated learning. Earn your BSN in as little as one year.
    • Increase your earning potential. RNs with BSNs earn 43% more than those without a bachelor's degree according to the Nurses Journal.
    • Free iPad. All students receive an iPad to access classes from anywhere.
  3. Sacred Heart University

    Fairfield, CT & Online : Online RN-BSN

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    • Learn from a top nursing school. Sacred Heart University is recognized by U.S. News as a top university.
    • Build upon existing education. You can transfer up to 90 credits from previous college courses.
    • Get support on your schedule. Sacred Heart's classes are designed for working RNs and provide one-on-one support to online students.
  4. Capella University

    Minneapolis, MN & Online : RN to MSN - Nursing Leadership

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    • Ultimate flexibility. Capella's signature FLEXPATH curriculum lets you learn at your pace, maintain a full-time job and apply knowledge in the field immediately.
    • Simple, affordable tuition. You can earn your MSN in as little as 12 to 18 months and pay a flat tuition rate every 12 weeks, no matter how many classes you take.
    • Personalized support. Capella focuses on student success with FlexPath coaches, instructors and tutors every step of the way.

If you know you’re interested in getting into nursing, or you have taken our nursing quiz and have discovered nursing is for you, the next step is to choose the right nursing program.

Before You Enroll

There are several paths to consider:

  • If you wish to spend less time in a classroom setting, pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing or a diploma from an approved program may be best, as both take between two and three years to complete.
  • If you want an administrative position within the nursing field, consider enrolling in a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, and perhaps a Master’s in Nursing shortly after. More and more, the BSN is becoming an employers’ preference for admin positions. It’s also worth noting that specialized nursing fields require more schooling.
  • If you already have a bachelor’s degree, you may apply to certain nursing programs for medical training.
  • If you are a registered nurse interested in more education, enroll in “bridge programs” (e.g., RN to BSN program) to improve your career and salary outlook.

Each level of education prepares nursing students for one of the National Council Licensure Examinations (NCLEX-RN or NCLEX-PN), which all nursing students must pass one of in order to work as a nurse. Weigh the pros and cons of the different nursing paths on our site.

The Importance of Accreditation

Once you’ve decided what path you’d like to take, it is important to only seek nursing programs approved and accredited by either The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)*. Their stamp of approval indicates that the programs’ teaching and nursing standards are current.*Note: The ACEN is formally the NLNAC (National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission). See the ACEN’s statement here for more details.

The Dangers of Enrolling in Non-Accredited Nursing Programs

  • You will be ineligible for federal financial aid and many scholarships
  • Other institutions and training programs may not accept the credits previously earned, and you may have to repeat several courses to meet the standards of the accredited schools
  • Some employers won’t recognize a degree from a non-accredited institution

The demand for well-educated nurses is on the rise. As the U.S. population ages, more knowledgeable individuals are needed to ensure and better our health. Take a look at some of your nursing program options ― we include nursing program name and details, educational institution, and accreditation records.

After selecting a nursing program — whether it’s a traditional program or an RNtoBSN program — use our career pages and state pages to get an in-depth idea of what it takes to become each type of nurse, from education and certification details, to what tasks, responsibilities and skills are required.

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