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Field of Study: Registered Nursing


Registered nursing programs prepare people to work as RNs.



Registered nursing programs include topics such as:

  • Administering medication and treatments
  • Patient care
  • Assisting physicians
  • Health education

In registered nursing programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Occupational and environmental health nursing
  • Critical care nursing
  • Perioperative and surgical nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Adult health nursing
  • Clinical nurse specialist
  • Maternal/child health and neonatal nursing

Many community colleges and 2-year schools offer associate degree programs in registered nursing. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in registered nursing. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in nursing, where students can specialize. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.