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Which Nursing Program is Right for You?

Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN)
-Usually a 2 year program
-Often associated with a community college
-Nearly all ADN programs offer different ways to attain your BSN while going to the 
ADN program or shortly after completion.  
Call the program you are interested in for more details.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
-Usually a 4-5 year program
-Located in colleges and universities
-Provides a nursing education from beginning skills through community nursing.

RN to BSN or Second Degree
-Designed for Registered Nurses who are graduates of associate’s degree or
diploma programs who want to complete their BSN degree.

Accelerated BSN (BA/BS to BSN)
-For students with a previous bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field of study
-Often intense, fast paced courses
-Often offer completion in 12-16 months

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
-An 18-24 month program that allows a nurse to specialize in a particular area, such 
as an area of advanced clinical training or research
-Typical requirements include a BSN from an accredited nursing school, an RN 
license, minimum GPA and GRE scores, and some period of clinical work experience

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
-An emerging doctoral program
-Typically 3 years of full-time schooling
-Emphasizes clinical practice-oriented leadership development
-To prepare graduates for leadership positions in research, clinical care delivery,
patient outcomes and system management


*The school links to the right are NOT an extensive list*