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Career Pathways in Nursing: Entry Points and Academic Progression

Author(s): C. Fay Raines | M. Elaine Taglaireni

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 13;
Issue: 3;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: academic progression | accelerated program | American Association of Colleges of Nursing | associate degree (ADN) | baccalaureate degree (BSN) | Clinical Nurse Leader | degree completion program | diploma | distance education | Doctor of Nursing practice | doctoral degree (PhD | DNP) | entry into practice | master’s degree (MSN) | National League for Nursing | nursing careers | nursing education | nursing faculty | online program

The national spotlight on the Registered Nurse shortage has helped to generate strong interest in nursing careers among those new to the workforce and those seeking a career change. With salaries climbing, opportunities expanding, and the demand for nursing services on the rise, now is an exciting time to join the nursing profession. This article discusses the traditional entry points into Registered Nursing, specifically Baccalaureate Degree Programs, Associate Degree Programs, and Diploma Programs, as well as emerging routes, which include entry-level master’s programs, community college-based baccalaureate programs, and degree completion programs for Licensed Practical Nurses and other allied health providers. With multiple opportunities for progression to advanced degrees in nursing, the authors also touch on graduate education options including online programs, baccalaureate to doctoral programs, along with Clinical Nurse Leader and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.
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