The growth that is expected in the field of nursing, becoming a registered nurse has never been a better idea than now! In our article below we will be covering all the steps to become a nurse, how to select the right program, how to prep for the NCLEX-RN, tips to find your first job as a RN and much more! By the time you are done reading you will be over prepared for beginning the process and you will be on your way! Starting one of the best medical field careers starts now!

What does a Registered Nurse do?

(RNs) Registered nurses care for patients in many healthcare scenarios and situations. They also educate their patients and even educate the public about various health conditions. Nurses also provide emotional support and advice to patients and their family members when it is needed the most. A good nurse cares and soothes, all while providing great patient point of care. Nurses makes the healthcare system work and are the bridge between patients and their doctors. Their ability to communicate is needed in most situations. This is just a sample of what nurses do. For more details see our list below, which just scratches the surface.

Administer medicines/treatments to patients
Assess conditions of patients
Consult/collaborate w/doctors and other medical field workers
Explain treatments
Perform diagnostic tests/analyze results
Record medical histories/symptoms
Observe patients and take observations
Operate/monitor necessary medical equipment
Set up plans for care
Show patients/families how to manage illnesses/injuries

What is the process to become a Registered Nurse?

All registered nurses have 3 pathways to licensing. First is a (BSN) Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Second is an (ADN) associate’s degree in nursing. Third is earning a diploma from an accredited nursing program. We will get in to the details of each one below.

The steps to become a RN are simple in theory but take time and careful decision making along the way. WE will do our best to make that easier for you.

Step 1: Finding the Right Nursing School
Step 2: Complete Your RN Program and Pass the NCLEX-RN
Step 3: Find a Registered Nursing Job

STEP 1 – Select the Right RN Program for you

As we mentioned above, nurses are the gateway between patients and physicians and in many situations, the voice for the patients who cannot advocate for themselves in the healthcare system. Registered nurses can bring happiness into a situation where most would think sadness would prevail. It is a huge responsibility to be a nurse and those who are get a huge reward and gather huge personal satisfaction from the ability to assist someone in need. Many begin the process with entry level allied health positions but aspire to climb the ranks within the nursing field with continued education.

When selecting a RN training program or nursing school, looking at the schools nearest you is the best way to start. Make note of them and check their NCLEX-RN pass rates and graduation rates. You may want to see examples of course work if possible to get a feel of how they go about teaching in their programs. Check social media for more information (it is remarkable what you can find on Facebook for example). For a list of accredited nursing schools near you see the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing database.

The Best Accredited Registered Nurse Programs

Here is our list of what we consider the best options for accredited RN Training. We selected accredited schools that offer nights and weekends, along with life and work experience credits. We consider this the most complete selection of schools that could be gathered.

School/WebsiteAddress
Adams State University208 Edgemont Blvd, Alamosa, Colorado 81101
Adelphi UniversitySouth Ave, Garden City, New York 11530-0701
Albany State University504 College Drive, Albany, Georgia 31705
Alvernia University400 Saint Bernardine St, Reading, Pennsylvania 19607-1799
Alverno College3400 S 43rd St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53234-3922
American International College1000 State Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01109
American National University1813 East Main Street, Salem, Virginia 24153
Anna Maria College50 Sunset Lane, Paxton, Massachusetts 01612-1198
Arkansas Tech UniversityAdministration Bldg 200; 1509 N Boulder Ave, Russellville, Arkansas 72801-2222
Armstrong State University11935 Abercorn St, Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997
Aurora University347 S Gladstone Ave, Aurora, Illinois 60506-4892
Austin Peay State University601 College St, Clarksville, Tennessee 37044
Avila University11901 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, Missouri 64145-1698
Baker College1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, Michigan 48507-5508
Baker University618 Eighth Street, Baldwin City, Kansas 66006-0065
Baldwin Wallace University275 Eastland Rd, Berea, Ohio 44017-2088
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences1003 Monroe Ave, Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Barry University11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, Florida 33161-6695
Bay Path University588 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, Massachusetts 01106
Bay State College122 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Becker College61 Sever St, Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-2165
Belhaven University1500 Peachtree St, Jackson, Mississippi 39202
Benedictine College1020 N 2nd St, Atchison, Kansas 66002-1499
Benedictine University5700 College Rd, Lisle, Illinois 60532-0900
Bethel College-Indiana1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545-5591
Bethel University325 Cherry Ave, McKenzie, Tennessee 38201
Bethel University3900 Bethel Dr, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55112
Boise State University1910 University Dr, Boise, Idaho 83725
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus220 McFall Ctr, Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Brandman University16355 Laguna Canyon Road, Irvine, California 92618
Brenau University500 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, Georgia 30501-3668
Briar Cliff University3303 Rebecca Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51104
Briarcliffe College640 Johnson Avenue, Bohemia, New York 11716
Broward College111 East Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
Bryant & Stratton College-Bayshore1320 Warwick Way, Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin 53406-4375
Bryant & Stratton College-Parma12955 Snow Rd, Parma, Ohio 44130-3151
Bryant & Stratton College-Richmond8141 Hull St Rd, North Chesterfield, Virginia 23235
Bryant & Stratton College-Wauwatosa10950 W Potter Road, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
Caldwell University120 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, New Jersey 07006-6195
California Baptist University8432 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, California 92504-3297
California State University-Dominguez Hills1000 E Victoria St, Carson, California 90747-0005
Cardinal Stritch University6801 N Yates Rd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53217-3985
Carlow University3333 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3165
Carroll University100 N East Ave, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53186
Cedar Crest College100 College Drive, Allentown, Pennsylvania 18104-6196
Central Penn CollegeCollege Hill & Valley Rds, Summerdale, Pennsylvania 17093-0309
Chaminade University of Honolulu3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816-1578
Chicago State University9501 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598
Chipola College3094 Indian Circle, Marianna, Florida 32446-2053
Clarke University1550 Clarke Dr, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-3198
Cleveland State University2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214
Colegio Universitario de San Juan180 Jose Oliver St Tres Monjitas Ind. Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918
College of Central Florida3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, Florida 34474
College of Our Lady of the Elms291 Springfield St, Chicopee, Massachusetts 01013
College of Saint Elizabeth2 Convent Rd, Morristown, New Jersey 07960-6989
College of Staten Island CUNY2800 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, New York 10314
Colorado Christian University8787 West Alameda Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado 80226
Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs4435 N Chestnut Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80907-3812
Columbia College1001 Rogers Street, Columbia, Missouri 65216
Columbus State University4225 University Ave, Columbus, Georgia 31907-5645
Concordia College-New York171 White Plains Rd, Bronxville, New York 10708-1998
Concordia University Texas11400 Concordia University Drive, Austin, Texas 78726
Concordia University-Irvine1530 Concordia West, Irvine, California 92612-3203
Concordia University-Wisconsin12800 N Lake Shore Dr, Mequon, Wisconsin 53097-2402
Coppin State University2500 West North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21216-3698
Cox College1423 N Jefferson, Springfield, Missouri 65802-1917
Creighton University2500 California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska 68178
CUNY Medgar Evers College1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225
CUNY York College94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, New York 11451
Curry College1071 Blue Hill Ave, Milton, Massachusetts 02186-2395
Daemen College4380 Main St, Amherst, New York 14226-3592
Davenport University6191 Kraft Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512-9396
Daytona State College1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Defiance College701 N Clinton, Defiance, Ohio 43512
DePaul University1 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois 60604
DeSales University2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, Pennsylvania 18034-9568
Dixie State University225 S University Avenue, Saint George, Utah 84770-3876
Doane University-Graduate and Professional Studies303 N 52nd St, Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
Dominican College of Blauvelt470 Western Highway, Orangeburg, New York 10962-1210
Dominican University of California50 Acacia Ave, San Rafael, California 94901-2298
Drexel University3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
D'Youville College320 Porter Ave, Buffalo, New York 14201-1084
East Tennessee State University1276 Gilbreath Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee 37614
East Texas Baptist UniversityOne Tiger Drive, Marshall, Texas 75670-1498
Eastern Illinois University600 Lincoln Avenue, Charleston, Illinois 61920
Eastern Michigan University401 Pierce Hall, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Eastern Washington University526 5th Street, Cheney, Washington 99004-2496
ECPI University5555 Greenwich Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462
Edgewood College1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53711-1997
Elmhurst College190 Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3096
Endicott College376 Hale Street, Beverly, Massachusetts 01915
Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus1000 River Rd, Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
Farmingdale State College2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, New York 11735-1021
Fayetteville State University1200 Murchison Rd, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28301-4298
Felician University262 S Main St, Lodi, New Jersey 07644
Ferris State University1201 S State St, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2251
Fisher College118 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Tallahassee, Florida 32307
Florida Gateway CollegeHighway 90 East, Lake City, Florida 32025-2007
Florida Southern College111 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland, Florida 33801-5698
Florida SouthWestern State College8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida 33919
Florida State College at Jacksonville501 W State St, Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Franklin Pierce University40 University Drive, Rindge, New Hampshire 03461-0060
Franklin University201 S Grant Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43215-5399
Fresno Pacific University1717 S Chestnut Ave, Fresno, California 93702-4709
Galen College of Nursing-Louisville1031 Zorn Avenue , Suite 400, Louisville, Kentucky 40207
George Fox University414 N Meridian St, Newberg, Oregon 97132
Georgia Gwinnett College1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30043
Georgia Highlands College3175 Cedartown Highway, S.E., Rome, Georgia 30161-3897
Goodwin CollegeOne Riverside Drive, East Hartford, Connecticut 06118
Gordon State College419 College Dr, Barnesville, Georgia 30204
Goshen College1700 S Main St, Goshen, Indiana 46526-4794
Governors State University1 University Pky, University Park, Illinois 60484
Grace University1311 S 9th St, Omaha, Nebraska 68108-3629
Grand Canyon University3300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, Arizona 85017
Grand View University1200 Grandview Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50316
Granite State College25 Hall Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03301-3471
Gwynedd Mercy University1325 Sumneytown Pike, Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania 19437-0901
Harrison College-Indianapolis550 East Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2611
Hawaii Pacific University1 Aloha Tower Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Herzing University-Atlanta50 Hurt Plaza SE Ste. 400, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Herzing University-Brookfield555 S Executive Dr, Brookfield, Wisconsin 53005
Herzing University-Kenosha4006 Washington Rd, Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144
Herzing University-Madison5218 E. Terrace Dr., Madison, Wisconsin 53718
Herzing University-Minneapolis435 Ford Road, Suite 1000, St. Louis Park, Minnesota 55426
Herzing University-Winter Park1865 SR 436, Winter Park, Florida 32792
Hiram CollegeHiram, Ohio 44234-0067
Holy Family University9801 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19114-2009
Holy Names University3500 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, California 94619-1699
Husson University1 College Circle, Bangor, Maine 04401-2929
Idaho State University921 S 8th Ave, Pocatello, Idaho 83209
Immaculata University1145 King Road, Immaculata, Pennsylvania 19345
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall, Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705-1098
Indiana University-East2325 Chester Blvd, Richmond, Indiana 47374-1289
Indiana University-Kokomo2300 S Washington St, Kokomo, Indiana 46902-9003
Indiana University-Northwest3400 Broadway, Gary, Indiana 46408-1197
Indiana University-South Bend1700 Mishawaka Ave, South Bend, Indiana 46615-7111
Indiana University-Southeast4201 Grant Line Rd, New Albany, Indiana 47150
Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global1900 West 50th Street, Marion, Indiana 46953
Inter American University of Puerto Rico-BarranquitasBo Helechal Highway 156 Intersection 719, Barranquitas, Puerto Rico 00794
Jacksonville University2800 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, Florida 32211-3394
Jefferson College of Health Sciences101 Elm Avenue SE, Roanoke, Virginia 24013
Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale1500 NW 49th St., Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309
Kennesaw State University1000 Chastain Rd, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
Kentucky State University400 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-2355
Keuka College141 Central Avenue, Keuka Park, New York 14478
Lamar University4400 MLK Blvd, Beaumont, Texas 77705
Lewis UniversityOne University Parkway, Romeoville, Illinois 60446-2200
Lincoln University1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, Pennsylvania 19352-0999
Lindenwood University209 S Kingshighway, Saint Charles, Missouri 63301-1695
Lipscomb UniversityOne University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951
Lourdes University6832 Convent Blvd, Sylvania, Ohio 43560-2898
Madonna University36600 Schoolcraft Rd, Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
Malone University2600 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio 44709-3308
Maria College of Albany700 New Scotland Ave, Albany, New York 12208
Marian University45 S National Ave, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin 54935-4699
Marian University3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46222-1997
Marshall University1 John Marshall Dr, Huntington, West Virginia 25755
Martin Methodist College433 West Madison Street, Pulaski, Tennessee 38478-2799
Maryville University of Saint Louis650 Maryville University Drive, Saint Louis, Missouri 63141-7299
McNeese State University4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605
Mercy College of Ohio2221 Madison Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604-1132
Mercyhurst University501 E 38th St, Erie, Pennsylvania 16546
Metropolitan State University700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55106-5000
Metropolitan State University of DenverSpeer Blvd and Colfax Ave, Denver, Colorado 80217-3362
Miami Dade College300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33132-2204
Miami University-Hamilton1601 University Blvd, Hamilton, Ohio 45011
Miami University-Middletown4200 E University Blvd, Middletown, Ohio 45042
MidAmerica Nazarene University2030 E College Way, Olathe, Kansas 66062-1899
Midland University900 N. Clarkson, Fremont, Nebraska 68025
Midway University512 E. Stephens St, Midway, Kentucky 40347-1120
Millikin University1184 W Main St, Decatur, Illinois 62522-2084
Misericordia University301 Lake St, Dallas, Pennsylvania 18612-1098
Missouri Southern State University3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri 64801-1595
Missouri Western State University4525 Downs Dr, Saint Joseph, Missouri 64507
Monroe College2501 Jerome Avenue, Bronx, New York 10468
Montana State University-Northern300 W 11th St, Havre, Montana 59501
Morehead State UniversityUniversity Blvd, Morehead, Kentucky 40351
Morgan State University1700 East Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21251-0001
Mount Aloysius College7373 Admiral Peary Hwy, Cresson, Pennsylvania 16630-1999
Mount Mercy University1330 Elmhurst Dr NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402-4797
Mount Saint Joseph University5701 Delhi Rd, Cincinnati, Ohio 45233-1670
Mount Saint Mary College330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, New York 12550
Murray State University218 Wells Hall, Murray, Kentucky 42071-3318
Muskingum University163 Stormont Street, New Concord, Ohio 43762
National American University-Albuquerque4775 Indian School Road NE, Suite 200, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110-3976
National American University-Albuquerque West10131 Coors Blvd, Suite I-01, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87114-0000
National American University-Bloomington7801 Metro Parkway, Suite 200, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425-5550
National American University-Brooklyn Center6200 Shingle Creek Parkway, Suite 130, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430-4100
National American University-Centennial8242 South University Blvd, Suite 100, Centennial, Colorado 80122-3157
National American University-Colorado Springs1915 Jamboree Drive, Suite 185, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920
National American University-Colorado Springs South1079 Space Center Drive, Suite 140, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915-3612
National American University-Garden City801 Campus Drive, Garden City, Kansas 67846-6333
National American University-Georgetown1015 W. University Avenue, Suite 700, Georgetown, Texas 78628-5355
National American University-Independence3620 Arrowhead Avenue, Independence, Missouri 64057-1791
National American University-Indianapolis3600 Woodview Trace, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46268-3167
National American University-Lee's Summit401 NW Murray Road, Lee's Summit, Missouri 64081-1425
National American University-Overland Park10310 Mastin, Overland Park, Kansas 66212-5451
National American University-Rapid City5301 Mount Rushmore Road, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701-2823
National American University-Rochester3906 East Frontage Road NW/Hwy 52, Rochester, Minnesota 55901-4001
National American University-Roseville1550 West Highway 36, Roseville, Minnesota 55113-4035
National American University-Sioux Falls5801 South Corporate Place, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108-4293
National American University-Tulsa8040 South Sheridan Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133-8945
National American University-Watertown925 29th Street, Suite E., Watertown, South Dakota 57201-9123
National American University-Wichita7309 E 21st Street North, Suite G-40, Wichita, Kansas 67206-1097
National American University-Wichita West8428 West 13th Street North, Suite 120, Wichita, Kansas 67212-2976
National American University-Zona Rosa7490 North West 87th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64153-1934
National University11255 North Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla, California 92037-1011
Nebraska Wesleyan University5000 St Paul Ave, Lincoln, Nebraska 68504-2794
New England Institute of TechnologyOne New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, Rhode Island 02818-1205
New Jersey City University2039 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey 07305
New York Institute of TechnologyNorthern Blvd, Old Westbury, New York 11568-8000
Newman University3100 McCormick Ave, Wichita, Kansas 67213-2097
Niagara UniversityLewiston Road, Niagara University, New York 14109
North Carolina Central University1801 Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina 27707
North Dakota State University-Main Campus1301 12th Avenue North, Fargo, North Dakota 58108-6050
Northeastern State University600 N Grand, Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464-2399
Northeastern University Lifelong Learning Network360 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Northern Kentucky UniversityNunn Drive, Highland Heights, Kentucky 41099
Northwest Nazarene University623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, Idaho 83686-5897
Northwestern Oklahoma State University709 Oklahoma Blvd, Alva, Oklahoma 73717-2799
Notre Dame of Maryland University4701 N Charles St, Baltimore, Maryland 21210-2476
Nyack College1 South Blvd, Nyack, New York 10960-3698
Ohio University-Main Campus020 Chubb Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701-2979
Oklahoma Wesleyan University2201 Silver Lake Rd, Bartlesville, Oklahoma 74006-6299
Old Dominion University5115 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, Virginia 23529
Olivet Nazarene UniversityOne University Avenue, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914-2271
Olympic College1600 Chester Ave, Bremerton, Washington 98337-1699
Oral Roberts University7777 S Lewis Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma 74171
Our Lady of the Lake University411 SW 24th St., San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689
Pace University1 Pace Plaza, New York, New York 10038-1598
Palm Beach Atlantic University901 S. Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Palm Beach State College4200 Congress Ave, Lake Worth, Florida 33461-4796
Park University8700 NW River Park Dr, Parkville, Missouri 64152-3795
Pasco-Hernando State College10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34654-5199
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences850 Greenfield Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17601
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802-1503
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington1600 Woodland Road, Abington, Pennsylvania 19001-3918
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601-3777
Pensacola State College1000 College Blvd, Pensacola, Florida 32504-8998
Pfeiffer University48380 US Hwy 52N, Misenheimer, North Carolina 28109-0960
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico-Ponce2250 Boulevard Luis A. Ferre Aguayo Suite 608, Ponce, Puerto Rico 00717-9997
Post University800 Country Club Rd, Waterbury, Connecticut 06723
Purdue University Global-Augusta14 Marketplace Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330
Purdue University Global-Cedar Falls7009 Nordic Drive, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Purdue University Global-Cedar Rapids3165 Edgewood Parkway SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404
Purdue University Global-Davenport1801 East Kimberly Road, Suite 1, Davenport, Iowa 52807-2095
Purdue University Global-Des Moines4655 North West 121 Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50323-5702
Purdue University Global-Hagerstown18618 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown, Maryland 21742
Purdue University Global-Indianapolis9000 Keystone Crossing, Suite 800, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240-0000
Purdue University Global-Lewiston475 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine 04240-0000
Purdue University Global-Lincoln1821 K Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Purdue University Global-Mason City2570 4th Street SW, Mason City, Iowa 50401
Purdue University Global-Milwaukee201 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-2303
Purdue University Global-Omaha5425 North 103rd Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68134-1002
Purdue University Global-St. Louis1807 Park 270 Drive Suite 105, St. Louis, Missouri 63146-4021
Purdue University Northwest2200 169th Street, Hammond, Indiana 46323
Queens University of Charlotte1900 Selwyn Ave, Charlotte, North Carolina 28274-0001
Quincy University1800 College Ave, Quincy, Illinois 62301-2699
Rasmussen College-Florida4755 Southwest 46th Court, Ocala, Florida 34474-6226
Rasmussen College-Kansas620 SW Governor View, Topeka, Kansas 66606
Rasmussen College-Minnesota226 Park Avenue South, St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301-3713
Regis University3333 Regis Blvd, Denver, Colorado 80221-1099
Rider University2083 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648-3099
Robert Morris University6001 University Boulevard, Moon Township, Pennsylvania 15108-1189
Sacred Heart University5151 Park Ave, Fairfield, Connecticut 06825-1000
Saint Ambrose University518 W Locust St, Davenport, Iowa 52803-2898
Saint Cloud State University720 Fourth Ave. South, Saint Cloud, Minnesota 56301-4498
Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences624 Westport Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64111
Saint Martin's University5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, Washington 98503-7500
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota700 Terrace Heights, Winona, Minnesota 55987-1399
Saint Peter's University2641 Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306-5997
Saint Xavier University3700 W 103rd St, Chicago, Illinois 60655
Salem University223 W Main St, Salem, West Virginia 26426
Salve Regina University100 Ochre Point Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island 02840-4192
Sam Houston State University1806 Ave J, Huntsville, Texas 77340
Santa Fe College3000 Northwest 83rd Street, Gainesville, Florida 32606-6210
Siena Heights University1247 E. Siena Heights Dr., Adrian, Michigan 49221
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family2406 S Alverno Rd, Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220-9319
Simpson University2211 College View Drive, Redding, California 96003-8606
South Carolina State University300 College St NE, Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117-0001
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences2001 William Street, Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703-4507
Southeastern University1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33801-6034
Southern Nazarene University6729 NW 39th Expy, Bethany, Oklahoma 73008
Southern New Hampshire University2500 North River Road, Manchester, New Hampshire 03106-1045
Southern Utah University351 West University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah 84720
Southwestern Oklahoma State University100 Campus Dr, Weatherford, Oklahoma 73096-3001
St Catherine University2004 Randolph Ave, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55105
St Francis College180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, New York 11201-4305
St Petersburg College6021 142nd Ave N, Clearwater, Florida 33760-2822
St. Joseph's College-Long Island155 W Roe Blvd, Patchogue, New York 11772
St. Joseph's College-New York245 Clinton Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11205-3688
St. Thomas University16401 NW 37th Ave, Miami Gardens, Florida 33054-6459
State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota5840 26th St W, Bradenton, Florida 34207
Stratford University3201 Jermantown Road, Suite 500, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Strayer University-Global Region1133 15th St NW, Suite 200, Washington, District of Columbia 20005
SUNY Empire State CollegeTwo Union Ave, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866-4391
Tallahassee Community College444 Appleyard Dr, Tallahassee, Florida 32304-2895
Tarleton State University1333 W. Washington, Stephenville, Texas 76401-0000
Temple University1801 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122-6096
Texas A & M University-Central Texas1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, Texas 76549
Texas A&M University-Texarkana7101 University Avenue, Texarkana, Texas 75503
Texas Christian University2800 S University Dr, Fort Worth, Texas 76129
Texas State University601 University Dr, San Marcos, Texas 78666
The College of New Rochelle29 Castle Pl, New Rochelle, New York 10805-2339
The College of Saint Scholastica1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth, Minnesota 55811-4199
The University of Alabama739 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35487-0166
The University of Tampa401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, Florida 33606-1490
The University of West Florida11000 University Parkway, Pensacola, Florida 32514-5750
Touro College500 7th Avenue, New York, New York 10018
Touro University Nevada874 American Pacific Drive, Henderson, Nevada 89014
Trevecca Nazarene University333 Murfreesboro Rd, Nashville, Tennessee 37210
Trinity Washington University125 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, District of Columbia 20017-1094
Trocaire College360 Choate Ave, Buffalo, New York 14220-2094
Troy UniversityUniversity Avenue, Troy, Alabama 36082-0001
Tusculum University60 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
Union University1050 Union University Dr, Jackson, Tennessee 38305-3697
United States University7675 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, California 92108
University of Akron Main Campus302 Buchtel Common, Akron, Ohio 44325-4702
University of Arkansas at Little Rock2801 S University Ave, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204
University of Arkansas-Fort Smith5210 Grand Ave, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649
University of Bridgeport126 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604-5620
University of Central Missouri108 W South Street, Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus2624 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0063
University of Colorado Colorado Springs1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
University of Dubuque2000 University Ave, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
University of Evansville1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47722
University of Hartford200 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117-1599
University of KentuckySouth Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0032
University of Louisville2301 S 3rd St, Louisville, Kentucky 40292-0001
University of Mary7500 University Dr, Bismarck, North Dakota 58504
University of Mary Washington1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401-5300
University of Maryland-University College3501 University Blvd East, Adelphi, Maryland 20783-8010
University of Massachusetts-Amherst374 Whitmore Building 181 Presidents Drive, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
University of MemphisSouthern Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38152
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-0213
University of Mount Olive634 Henderson St, Mount Olive, North Carolina 28365-0919
University of North Dakota264 Centennial Drive, Stop 8193, Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193
University of Phoenix-Arizona1625 West Fountainhead Parkway, Tempe, Arizona 85282
University of Phoenix-California3110 East Guasti Road, Ontario, California 91761
University of Phoenix-Colorado10004 Park Meadows Dr, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
University of Phoenix-Florida8325 S Park Circle, Orlando, Florida 32819
University of Phoenix-Hawaii745 Fort Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813-3800
University of Phoenix-Michigan26261 Evergreen Rd, Southfield, Michigan 48076
University of Phoenix-Virginia9750 W Broad St, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne2701 Spring St, Fort Wayne, Indiana 46808-3994
University of Saint Joseph1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06117
University of Saint Mary4100 S 4th St Trafficway, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-5082
University of San Francisco2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, California 94117-1080
University of Sioux Falls1101 W 22nd St, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57105-1699
University of South Alabama307 N University Blvd, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
University of South Carolina-Aiken471 University Pkwy, Aiken, South Carolina 29801
University of South Carolina-Beaufort1 University Boulevard, Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
University of Southern Maine96 Falmouth St, Portland, Maine 04103
University of St Francis500 N Wilcox St, Joliet, Illinois 60435-6188
University of the Incarnate Word4301 Broadway, San Antonio, Texas 78209
University of Toledo2801 W Bancroft, Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390
University of Utah201 Presidents Circle, ROOM 201, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9008
Upper Iowa University605 Washington St, Fayette, Iowa 52142-1857
Ursuline College2550 Lander Rd, Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124
Utah Valley University800 W University Parkway, Orem, Utah 84058-5999
Utica College1600 Burrstone Rd, Utica, New York 13502-4892
Valdosta State University1500 N Patterson St, Valdosta, Georgia 31698
Vincennes University1002 N First St, Vincennes, Indiana 47591
Viterbo University900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601-8804
Walsh University2020 East Maple St, North Canton, Ohio 44720-3396
Washburn University1700 SW College Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66621-0001
Washington Adventist University7600 Flower Ave, Takoma Park, Maryland 20912
Wayne State University656 West Kirby Street, Detroit, Michigan 48202
Weber State University3850 Dixon Parkway Dr. Dept. 1031, Ogden, Utah 84408-1031
Webster University470 E Lockwood Ave., Saint Louis, Missouri 63119-3194
Wesley College120 N State St, Dover, Delaware 19901-3875
Wesleyan College4760 Forsyth Road, Macon, Georgia 31210-4462
West Virginia University at Parkersburg300 Campus Drive, Parkersburg, West Virginia 26104
Western Illinois University1 University Circle, Macomb, Illinois 61455
Westfield State University577 Western Ave, Westfield, Massachusetts 01086-1630
Westminster College1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Wheeling Jesuit University316 Washington Ave, Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
Wilkes University84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 18766
Wilson College1015 Philadelphia Ave, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17201-1285
Winston-Salem State University601 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27110-0001
Wisconsin Lutheran College8800 W Bluemound Rd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226-4699
Wright State University-Lake Campus7600 Lake Campus Drive, Celina, Ohio 45822-2952
Xavier University3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1092
York College of Pennsylvania441 Country Club Rd, York, Pennsylvania 17403-3651
Youngstown State UniversityOne University Plaza, Youngstown, Ohio 44555-0001

Passing the TEAS test is a mandatory prerequisite for entry into registered nursing school. Below we cover the details of the TEAS test.

TEAS is a timed test that has only multiple choice questions with four possible choices.

Each of the four areas have different maximum time allotments and each has a different number of questions. The TEAS test is broken up in to 4 parts. Reading, Math, Science and English.

Reading

Max. Time Allotment: 64 minutes
# of Scored Questions: 47
# of Non Scored Questions: 6
Total # of Questions: 53

Mathematics

Max. Time Allotment: 54 minutes
# of Scored Questions: 32
# of Non Scored Questions: 4
Total # of Questions: 36

Science

Max. Time Allotment: 63 minutes
# of Scored Questions: 47
# of Non Scored Questions: 6
Total # of Questions: 53

English and Language Usage

Max. Time Allotment: 28 minutes
# of Scored Questions: 24
# of Non Scored Questions: 4
Total # of Questions: 28

Hidden Costs of RN Training Programs

Books – You can save money on textbooks if your school allows you to use multiple vendors for textbooks. Double check with your school before you buy books.
Supplies – A few examples of supplies beyond pens and pencils are stethoscopes, pen lights, medical scissors, comfortable shoes and n some cases medical scrubs. Some schools include scrubs in the tuition cost.
Transportation – Getting to and from school is a cost a lot of students forget about.
Childcare – Added child care costs for those with children can be a added cost.
Food – When you are at school and have a lunch break, you will be spending more money eating.
NCLEX-RN – The cost of the exam is an added cost that has to be remembered.
Other Program Fees – Additional costs could be parking permits, lab fees or clinical training fees. Check with your school to see if there are any added costs.

STEP 2 – Complete Your RN Training and Pass the NCLEX-RN Exam

What is the NCLEX-RN

The NCLEX-RN is the final examination for aspiring registered nurses before they receive their license to be employed as nurses in their respective state. Below we will cover the ins and outs of the exam from before the exam, during the exam and after the exam. For more information about frequently asked questions for the exam see the NCSBN FAQS page listed here. You will find all the details from the organization that gives the examination there. Also, see their test plan page to get intimate preparation planning for the exam tailored just for your needs.

Balancing Work, Life and School

The balance between your studies and life and in some cases, work can be daunting. Many nurses look back at their time in nursing school as the hardest and most stressing time of their lives. That being said, it is important to remember that the regard at the end is a rewarding and wonderful career and life as a registered nurse. A working nurse changes lives everyday for the better. The time spent grinding out your education will be paid back ten fold in so many ways. And the pay is not so bad either! You will be on a pathway to a rewarding full life.

NCLEX-RN Pass Rates in United States

Below are the first time pass rates for students who took the NCLEX-RN from 2010 to 2017. For more details about the pass rates and the test itself see the NCLEX-RN fact sheet provided by the NCSBN who is the provider of the NCLEX. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a partner of the state boards across the country that does testing to all Registered Nurses.
2017 – 157,720 Takers, 87.11% Pass
2016 – 157,073 Takers, 84.57% Pass
2015 – 157,882 Takers, 84.53% Pass
2014 – 157,372 Takers, 81.78% Pass
2013 – 155,098 Takers, 83.04% Pass
2012 – 150,226 Takers, 90.34% Pass
2011 – 144,583 Takers, 87.89% Pass
2010 – 140,889 Takers, 87.41% Pass

Tips for the NCLEX-RN Exam

Tips for Before the Exam

Before students can take the NCLEX-RN test they will need to get an (ATT) Authorization to Test. An ATT comes from your respective state board or regulating body and must be applied for. Once that is received students can then register for the exam with Pearson VUE. Do not wait for the last moment to do this, it is important to start this process early and give it time to play out. in short, follow these steps. First, get eligible then apply for licensure/registration with a your board of nursing or regulating body. Secondly, register for test and pay the fee to Pearson VUE. Thirdly, schedule exam once you receive the ATT from your state board or regulating body, then schedule your exam with Pearson VUE. If you follow these steps you will be set up to take the exam and have success.

Tips for During the Exam

Be prepared before you even show up that day. Dress comfortably and arrive a minimum of 30 minutes early. This will allow you to not be rushed and do your pre-exam duties like signing in and giving your bio-metrics (signature, photograph and palm vein scan). The test is a 6 hour examination so take your time and pace yourself. There is a short tutorial at the start and you will get 2 short optional breaks (2 hours into testing and after 3 1/2 hours of testing). Test takers will receive their materials for the exam (You may not bring in paper/writing instruments for this computer-administered exam). You will be using an on-screen calculator and erasable note board and marker for making any needed notes during the testing period. The test uses the CAT method, which is a pass/fail test method.

Tips for After the Exam

If your state participates in the Quick Results Service (see the list of states that do here) you can receive your “unofficial” results about 2-3 business days following the examination. The cost of the expediency is a small fee of $7.95 to Pearson Vue. Official results come from your state board of nursing or regulatory body about 6 weeks following the completion of the exam. If you do not pass the exam, one will receive a (CPR) Candidate Performance Report. A CPR breaks down what parts of the exam you struggled with and what parts you excelled in. Your CPR is critical and should be the focus of study for the retaking of the test. To retake the NCLEX-RN, candidates will have to go through the same process that they did to take the test originally. If you follow the steps laid out here success will be in your future!

Step 3 – Finding a Registered Nursing Job

Upon the passing of the NCLEX-RN and receiving your nursing license, you are then eligible to find a job as a licensed RN! We will show you some great tips and ways to get started on the job search successfully and in a way that serves your career and future!

Make a Great Resume

Here are some basic resume tips for your success.
1 – Make your name pop and stand out.
2 – List your email along with phone number/address in a clear way that can found easily.
3 – Correct all spelling errors and grammar (Proofread and have someone else proofread it).
4 – Stick to clean basic fonts and make it short and simple.

Use Clear Sections on your RN Resume

Here are the commonly used sections on resume for registered nurses:
Objective
Education
Work Experience
Licenses/Certifications
Technical Skills
(Here are some optional sections if they apply to you)
Honors and Awards
Achievements
Languages
Professional Memberships
Volunteer Experiences

Make a Clean and Concise Cover Letter

Using a one page cover letter is important, but, it needs to be clean and concise. Do not over do it.

Interview Tips

It is important to arrive early for your interview (10-15 minutes minimum) and be prepared. Dress accordingly (suits for men and long skirts or pant suits for women) and answer all questions honestly and with confidence. Do not be afraid to ask questions and make eye contact. Do not fidget and try not to force a smile and be yourself). Interviewers know that people are not robots and they know you will be nervous. Do not let it get to you. Just let the interview happen and act natural, while avoiding any slang or improper language, of course. If you do this while being properly prepared you will be just fine!

About Registered Nurse Salary

RN salary by state

StatesAvg. Hourly PayAvg. Salary
Alabama$27.83$57,890
Alaska$42.07$87,510
Arizona$36.11$75,110
Arkansas$28.28$58,810
California$49.37$102,700
Colorado$34.89$72,570
Connecticut$38.56$80,200
Delaware$35.18$73,180
District of Columbia$43.32$90,110
Florida$31.20$64,890
Georgia$32.09$66,750
Hawaii$46.63$96,990
Idaho$31.02$64,520
Illinois$34.66$72,090
Indiana$30.02$62,450
Iowa$27.85$57,930
Kansas$28.82$59,940
Kentucky$29.58$61,530
Louisiana$30.56$63,560
Maine$31.68$65,890
Maryland$36.18$75,250
Massachusetts$42.95$89,330
Michigan$33.23$69,120
Minnesota$37.28$77,540
Mississippi$27.74$57,700
Missouri$30.43$63,300
Montana$31.87$66,280
Nebraska$29.91$62,210
Nevada$40.86$84,980
New Hampshire$33.67$70,040
New Jersey$39.43$82,010
New Mexico$33.58$69,840
New York$40.12$83,450
North Carolina$30.08$62,560
North Dakota$30.35$63,140
Ohio$31.49$65,500
Oklahoma$29.63$61,640
Oregon$42.68$88,770
Pennsylvania$33.57$69,820
Rhode Island$36.85$76,650
South Carolina$30.59$63,630
South Dakota$27.41$57,010
Tennessee$28.87$60,050
Texas$34.65$72,070
Utah$30.31$63,050
Vermont$33.44$69,560
Virginia$32.69$67,990
Washington$38.37$79,810
West Virginia$29.03$60,380
Wisconsin$33.27$69,200
Wyoming$31.20$64,900

Source: www.bls.gov

RN Salary by employer type

Government $75,900
Hospitals $72,070
Ambulatory services $66,300
Nursing/residential care facilities $62,320
Educational $60,300
Source: www.bls.gov

What does the job outlook for Registered Nurses Look Like?

According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the field of nursing is adding over 438,000 jobs over the next decade and is growing at 15% over that period. That is tremendous growth! The median pay is $70,000 per year and $33.65 per hour for working nurses across the country. With the baby boomer generation needing vast amounts of healthcare and living much longer than previous generations, the need for skilled healthcare and medical field professionals like registered nurses is extremely high and will continue to be just that. Include the high amounts of immigration every year and the demand does not have an end in sight. The time could not be any better to become a registered nurse and we could not be more excited about the career as a whole!

See all the Types of Nurses you can Become

There are is a vast array of types of nurses in the medical field. Below we show a list of the most common ones for you:

Ambulatory Care Nurse, Burn Care Nurse, Camp Nurse, Cardiac Care Nurse, Laboratory Nurse, Nurse Case Manager, Charge Nurse, Correctional Nurse, (CVOR) Cardiovascular Operating Room Nurse, Dermatology Nurse, Developmental Disability Nurse, Domestic Violence Nurse, (ER) Emergency Room Nurse, Enterostomy Nurse, Fertility Nurse, Flight Nurse, Forensic Nurse, Gastroenterology Nurse, Genetic Nurse, Geriatric Nurse, Holistic Nurse, Home Health Nurse, Hospice Nurse, ICU Nurse, Infection Control Nurse, Infusion Nurse, Labor and Delivery Nurse, Legal Nurse Consultant, Long-Term Care Nurse, Managed Care Nurse, Medical-Surgical Nurse, Military Nurse, Missionary Nurse, Nephrology Nurse, Neuroscience Nurse, NICU Nurse, Nurse Administrator, Nurse Advocate, Nurse Care Coordinator, (OB) Obstetrics Nurse, Occupational Health Nurse, Oncology Nurse, (OR) Operating Room Nurse, Ophthalmic Nurse, Orthopaedic Nurse, Palliative Care Nurse, Parish Nurse, Pediatric Endocrinology Nurse, Perianesthesia Nurse, Perinatal Nurse, Plastic Surgery Nurse, Postpartum Nurse, Psychiatric Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Radiology Nurse, Rehabilitation Nurse, Research Nurse, Respiratory Nurse, Rheumatology Nurse, School Nurse, Substance Abuse Nurse, Telemetry Nurse, Transplant Nurse, Trauma Nurse, Travel Nurse and a Wound Care Nurse.

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