If you have made up your mind and you are certain you want to attend nursing school and provide care to patients for the rest of your life, the decision is all yours and we congratulate you for it. It is not an easy job to consider taking care of others, working hectic 80-hour week schedules, and seeing some of the most repulsive things no anatomy or medicine book ever taught. So, you honestly deserve sincere congratulations because of your loving and compassionate decision.

Our competitive environment we leaves little to no room for human compassion, and doctors and nurses are slowly but surely turning into the last Mohicans who actually practice those real Christian doctrines of taking care of one another and comforting (healing) the sick.  

In order to return to our current topic, here are a few essential facts you will have to know concerning your education. Briefly stated, most nurses become registered nurses, get their license after going through a National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses’ examination, and start working in a hospital or a medical institution. You can follow the same path, and you can go even further if you’d like and feel up for the challenge.

Get Your Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Step one: choose a 4-year BSN degree program; make sure it comprises the nursing curriculum you are going to make full use of during the next few years. Nursing theory, sciences, and even behavioral science should be a huge part of your preparation program. There are several hundreds of American colleges and universities that offer such programs. According to educationl-portal.com, Arizona State University is home for 68,064 students; Miami Dade College hosts 59,120 nursing students; Ohio State University has no less than 55,014 students and Houston Community College has 54,592 students who are learning to become nurses.

University of Florida, Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, and Northern Virginia Community College are just some of your other options if you are thinking of this career path. You can always get enrolled in an associate’s degree program and earn your RN license, but attending a BSN degree program means boosting your chances of advancing at a professional level faster and easier.     

What Will You Learn?

If you are not really a fan of gaining unusable knowledge, here are the exact courses you will take once you decide which college to attend in order to get your BSN degree.

During the first two years (remember, you can always find an accelerated program and graduate in about two years), you should learn about biology and microbiology, organic chemistry, anatomy, psychology, and human growth. Make sure you build a strong basis for all of these starting in high school or do some extra individual studying in order to ease things. 

As for the rest of the program, you should be able to accumulate plenty of knowledge regarding child care and pediatrics, chronic disease, mental health nursing, research, pharmacology and pathophysiology, and nursing theory.