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The Top 2 Year Nursing Programs

The Top 2 Year Nursing Programs

When it comes to getting an education that can get you started in a good nursing career, 2 year nursing programs are a very good choice.  2 year nursing programs will provide you at the end with either a nursing diploma or an Associate’s degree, the latter of which carries a little more weight.  Both options will get you a better position than a lower level certification such as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, which can be completed in around a year.  Although you can still go a lot further in your nursing education, 2 year nursing programs are the perfect choice for those who need to get out in the field a little faster in order to start making a living, even if pursuing further education is still in the plans.

The first thing you will have to decide on is whether you are seeking an Associate’s degree or a nursing diploma.  Both can usually be done in two years, although some diplomas are 3 year rather than 2 year nursing programs.  Both of them will allow you to start working as a nurse, either in a hospital or in a doctor’s office or other inpatient facility.  Finally both allow to take the exams and apply to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The main difference between the two is that the Associate’s degree can be applied to further degree programs.  If your eventual plan is a bachelor’s degree or higher, you should most definitely be looking at 2 year nursing programs that will provide you with an Associate’s degree.  Aside from that, the question of which of the 2 year nursing programs is better is a difficult one to answer.  

Most 2 year nursing programs resulting in a nursing diploma are available through a hospital in coordination with a local community college.  Associate’s degree 2 year nursing programs on the other hand are usually taught at colleges, either community or 4-year.  Over time as the Associate’s degree programs have become the more popular option, the number of places where you can take the nursing diploma program have dwindled.  Still, some people prefer them because they are taught in a hospital environment and can often provide connections for a job opportunity after graduation.

All 2 year nursing programs allow you to apply for your RN license after you take the appropriate exams.  If becoming an RN is your goal, then either type of program will get you there.  In this case, the best program for you will be the one that best fits into your schedule, budget, and of course that is in the best location for you.  You will want to spend some time researching your local options and checking on the reputations of all of the programs.  It’s a good idea to ask other nurses where they took their schooling – they will give you some first hand advice on where to attend.

2 year nursing programs are the best way to get into nursing quickly and start your career.  Whichever type you choose, make sure the school is the right choice for you personally.

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