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Baccalaureate Degree Information

Program Length: Usually four years

Where It's Offered: Colleges and universities.

Tuition: Costs will vary depending on your choice of a state or public institution.

Nature of Studies: Generally the first two years of general education courses will concentrate in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The next two years will build on this broad liberal education base, offering nursing courses in both theory and practice. Supervised clinical practice occurs in hospitals, clinics, community health agencies, and other areas of health care delivery. Beginning research techniques and leadership are also part of the curriculum.

What You're Prepared For: You are prepared to work with individuals and families, in wellness or illness settings, providing comprehensive care. With experience, you are prepared to assume positions of leadership and responsibility in a variety of practice settings.

Other Information: The collegiate path is the route to advance into a master's in nursing program where you can specialize in nursing education, administration, research, and clinical practice. This type of program is usually the entry level to practice in community health nursing. Applicants must meet the entrance requirements of the senior college or university, as well as those of the nursing program.

Do You Have What it Takes?

Those who choose nursing must have a solid academic foundation with attention to math and the sciences. Good study habits and discipline are a must. Personal qualities should include patience, flexibility and a high level of honesty and trustworthiness. A nurse has to possess leadership qualities and be comfortable with the idea of making independent decisions and delegating to others. Good organizational skills are a must.

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