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Nurse Education Requirements

In order to become a nurse, you'll need a degree. Several different options for this exist, but the highest paying nursing jobs will require a four-year bachelor of science/nursing degree which is available at many four-year universities and community colleges. There is also a two year associate's degree, offered at many community colleges and technical schools.

Another less likely possibility is the hospital diploma. Years ago, it was more common to receive a hospital diploma by working as a sort of apprentice alongside experienced healthcare workers, as well as completing courses at a local university. This has fallen out of favour in recent years due to funding and liability issues, though a few programs still exist.

Many of the college courses for students pursuing a nursing degree are challenging. Classes are focused on science and math, medical terminology and biology, and many hours studying and memorizing can be expected. A clean background check and drug screening are also almost a given for people in the healthcare industry, since the level of trust between employer and employee is very high.

Education History of Nurses

The most common degree held by nurses is Nursing. 13 percent of nurses had a degree in nursing before becoming nurses. That is over 55 times the average across all careers. Biology graduates are the second most common among nurses, representing 1 percent of nurses in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.7 times the average.

Nurse Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Nurse, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of nurses % of population Multiple
Nursing 13.1%
0.2%
55.2×
Biology 1.2%
1.6%
0.7×
Psychology 1.2%
2.9%
0.4×

How to Become a Nurse

Interested in becoming a nurse? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good nurse? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

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  2. Get the Education

    A certificate or associates degree is required to be a Nurse. A nursing degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

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Further Reading

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Recommended Books

  • Nurse's Pocket Guide: Diagnoses, Prioritized Interventions and Rationales www.amazon.com

    This pocket-sized, quick-reference tool has what you need to select the appropriate diagnosis to plan your patient’s care effectively. The 13th Edition features all the latest nursing diagnoses and updated interventions. There’s also a laminated “pocket minder” quick reference bookmark to make diagnosis even easier.

  • How to Survive and Maybe Even Love Nursing School: A Guide for Students by Students www.amazon.com

    This light-hearted, fun, fresh, and easy-to-read guide for nursing students by nursing students is full of practical information to help them cope with—and get the most out of—nursing school.

  • I Wasn't Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse www.amazon.com

    This collection of true narratives reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses, who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first “sticks,” first births, and first deaths, and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts, and keeps them in the profession.

  • How To Succeed In Nursing School www.amazon.com

    Reach your dream of…. Becoming a nurse! Since you have decided to become a nurse, you may have a lot of questions concerning: How to choose a nursing school, How to Become a RN, How to become a LPN, What is the difference between RN & LPN & BSN... I learned a few key study tips & techniques that I will share with you in this book which enabled me to start nursing school with a 3.7 gpa and also graduated nursing school with honours.

  • The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career www.amazon.com

    Whether just starting out in nursing, getting ready to retire, or anywhere in between, The ULTIMATE Career for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career offers something of value for every current and future nurse. While clinical skills are the foundation of nursing practice, so many additional skills and so much more knowledge beyond the clinical realm are necessary to have a satisfying and fulfilling career.

  • Nurses, Jobs and Money: -- A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary www.amazon.com

    'Best Book Award of 2014' by Amazon Editors'. 'Nurses, Jobs and Money -- A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary’ offers a sobering portrait of the nursing industry—and what nurses can do to advance their nursing career and salary in today’s environment.

How to Become a Nurse

Interested in becoming a nurse? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good nurse? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A certificate or associates degree is required to be a Nurse. A nursing degree is preferred.

  3. Get Hired

      Loading jobs...

    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.