First, What Does a Nurse Do?
A Registered Nurse (RN) is a type of nurse that has graduated from nursing school and has met the educational and licensure requirements outlined at the country or state level. RNs are responsible for supporting patient care and working alongside other health professionals to optimize healthcare delivery. RNs function not only has help providers, but also as caregivers responsible for the comfort and management of patients. They are a crucial member of any patient’s health care team, and they can be found in hospitals, medical clinics, private medical offices and even schools.
What Are the Requirements?
Many prospective RNs have at least an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN), and get an entry-level nursing job prior to applying to nursing school. Many others have a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN). Having experience prior to applying to nursing school offers a competitive advantage. Many employer’s offer tuition assistance for prospective nursing school students. Getting an ADN takes about two years, and it offers an opportunity for prospective RNs to work in a healthcare environment to ensure the path is right for them prior to committing to nursing school.
Prospective nursing school applicants should make sure to obtain the following documentation prior to applying:
- Completed prerequisite courses from undergraduate studies
- Transcripts and letters of recommendation
- GRE scores
- Volunteer experience in nursing facilities to help boost the application
Another common requirement is to take a nursing entrance exam. Just like each nursing school’s requirements vary, so does the required nursing entrance exam.
Nursing Programs at AIAM
If you are interested in learning more about a career in nursing, you should consider committing to AIAM’s School of Nursing. These rigorous programs focus on giving prospective nurses the skills to connect, comfort, relieve and assist patients with overall wellness.
AIAM’s nursing programs have been running for 20 years – making the program one of the longest-running in the Midwest. Beyond the education requirements, you can expect to learn key business skills and professionalism, which sets you up for a rewarding, long-lasting career as a registered nurse.