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
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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