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.