Nursing Assistant

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) must complete a state approved nursing assistant program and pass an exam to become certified. Nursing assistant programs are commonly offered at high schools, community colleges, technical schools, hospitals, nursing homes. On average a nursing assistant will make $24,420 per year.
Certified Nursing Assistant

Practical Nurse

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) must complete a state approved practical nursing program and pass an exam to become licensed. Practical nursing programs typically take one year to complete and are commonly found in community colleges, technical schools, and hospitals. On average a practical nurse will make $41,540 per year.
Licensed Practical Nurse

Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse (RN) must complete a state approved registered nursing program and pass a competency exam to become licensed. Registered nursing programs vary in duration from two to four years, and are part of an associate or bachelor degree program. On average a registered nurse will make $65,470 per year.
Registered Nurse

Nursing Schools, Degrees, And Careers

By now most people have heard that there is a shortage of nurses. Why is that the case and why can't businesses just hire more nursing staff? The medical field is highly regulated and among the regulations is a minimum education requirement for nursing staff at various levels of care. To obtain a CNA, LPN, LVN, or RN nursing license, the candidate generally must:

  • Complete a state approved training or nursing degree program.
  • Pass the license specific state nursing competency exam.
  • Apply for and pay the required state fees to obtain the nursing license.
  • Undergo a criminal background check which includes fingerprinting.
  • Take continuing education courses to maintain the nursing license.

A nurse working in the state of California, for example, must maintain a California nursing license issued by the California Department of Public Health, Licensing and Certification Division in order to legally perform his or her bedside duties. After completing a state approved diploma or nursing degree program, the nurse must apply for a nursing license. Once a license is granted the nurse can apply for a nursing job within the state.

Search Our Nursing Schools Database

Nursing schools of various sizes offer the training programs required to meet the CNA, LPN, LVN, and RN nursing license education requirements. While several nursing career paths can lead you to your ultimate goal of becoming a Registered Nurse, each path requires that you enroll into a nursing school.

Our database of nursing schools is hand edited and reviewed on a rotating basis by our staff. The database contains over 2,000 technical schools, colleges, and universities located in the United States of America. You can browse our list of nursing schools by state and by city or perform a site search at the top of most web pages.

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The RN is expected to handle more complex nursing situations and will often supervise LPN nurses …