Nursing Degrees

What kind of future career are you looking for? There are a variety of paths into nursing and choices to make along the way.

Starting out

Certificate
Certificate
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) program is the fastest way to a nursing career. You could be working as a nurse within a year.
Course Length
9–12 months
Expected Salary
$29k–$50k
Benefits
Associate’s Degrees
Associate’s Degrees
An Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) is a solid foundation that will prepare you to enter the field and advance your career.
Course Length
2–4 years
Expected Salary
$53k–$73k
Benefits
Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor’s Degree
If you want to go further, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is the best choice. It’s the stepping stone to many opportunities and top positions.
Course Length
4 years
Expected Salary
$45k–$85k
Benefits

Post Graduate

Accelerated 
Bachelor’s
Accelerated 
Bachelor’s
An Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) is a shortcut if you have a degree in another field and want to become a nurse.
Course Length
11–18 months
Expected Salary
$45k–$85k
Benefits
Master’s Degree
Master’s Degree
A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will open up many opportunities and allow you to advance quickly in your career.
Course Length
2 years
Expected Salary
$62k–$124k
Benefits
Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree
A Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) or Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) will take you into new disciplines, such as education, research and management.
Course Length
4–6 years
Expected Salary
$68k–$125k
Benefits
Bridge programs
If you have another bachelor’s degree, nursing programs offer a way that you can go back to school and just complete the science portion, which means fewer classes.”
Jamie
Certified Nurse Midwife
A Bridge Program helps you use academic qualifications you already have, like a diploma, certificate, or undergraduate degree, to get to the next level faster, whether your experience is in nursing or another area.
Certifications
You can become an expert in the areas of nursing that you’re most interested in by earning a certificate in that specialty.
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