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Nursing as a Second Career

It’s never too late. At any stage of your life, nursing is a great choice because good nurses are always in demand, it’s challenging, and you’ll use your experience and creativity to change lives every day.
Get there with a bridge program
A bridge program lets you use your previous experience to become a nurse faster. If you have a degree in another field, an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) can be the quickest way in. If you have a healthcare certification, you won’t have to repeat training you’ve already done.
After earning a nursing degree, you have to pass the NCLEX-RN – a standardized exam set by the Board of Nursing in each state that shows you’re certified to work as a Registered Nurse.

In their own words

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Headshot of Victoria Akre
I'm a second career nurse. What's wonderful about nursing, is that it's very accessible after you've already been to school or college for another type of degree.”
Telemetry Nurse
Headshot of Thomas Pallaria
When I went to school for the second time, my outlook, my self-discipline, was totally different.”
Nurse Anesthetist
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  • Is it too late for me to become a nurse?

    You can become a nurse faster if you already have a degree in another field.


Once you’re a Registered Nurse, you can choose to specialize in an area you really enjoy.

Get your nursing journey started by finding a school.
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Group of smiling nurses in scrubs holding folders
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