Bachelor of Science in Nursing | CUNY School of Professional Studies (2022)

Format: Online

HEGIS Code: 1203.10

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2023 Priority Deadline: November 7, 2022

The RN to BS in Nursingonline degree program provides registered nurses with the academic credential necessary to retain relevance and positions them to advance in the field. Through the flexibility of online study, students of this program build on prior knowledge gained at the associate's degree level, and explore pressing issues related to today's changing global healthcare environment. The program is designed to assist students in developing intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry essential to professional development.

Dedicated CUNY faculty and expert practitioners draw on the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice by theAmerican Association of Colleges of Nursingto help students develop and demonstrate competency in:

  • Health assessment
  • Leadership and management
  • Nursing research
  • Care of culturally diverse populations
  • Global health and policy
  • Nursing informatics

Career and Academic Prospects

The RN to BS in Nursing program prepares licensed registered nurses to assume leadership positions in acute care, as well as community-based and long-term care settings. Students gain the expertise needed to meet the challenges of the evolving healthcare system, as well as the knowledge and experience required to move forward into graduate level studies and advanced practice nursing.

Completion Rates

CUNY SPS RN-BS benchmark for program completion rates:

  • 75% of students will complete the RN- BS program within five years.
  • 2014 cohort completion rate is 78%

Job Placement Statistics

Undergraduate program outcome: 80% of RN-BS alumni will report employment as a RN within six months.

  • 2018 – 90%
  • 2017 – 92%
  • 2016 – 95%
  • 2015 – 95%

Accreditation

Bachelor of Science in Nursing | CUNY School of Professional Studies (1)The RN to BSin Nursing at CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education(http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

This program is registered with the New York State Education Department.

Nursing Dual/Joint with Queensborough Community College

Qualified students enrolled in the Queensborough Community College AAS in Nursing degree program have the opportunity to seamlessly transition to the BS in Nursing degree program at CUNY SPS.Students interested in this program can learn more here.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements are formal agreements between CUNY SPSand two-year colleges and universities, allowing students to transfer the maximum number of credits with ease to our RN to BS in Nursing program from institutions with which we have an established transfer process in place.

  • Borough of Manhattan Community College -AASin Nursing (PDF)
  • Bronx Community College -AASin Nursing (PDF)
  • Hostos Community College -AASin Nursing (PDF)
  • Kingsborough Community College - AASin Nursing (PDF)
  • Queensborough Community College - AASin Nursing (PDF)

Prior Learning Assessment

Credit for non-collegiate learning is a credit recommendation for college-level learning acquired outside of a college or university.

View Pre-approved Nursing Certifications

TheAmerican Council on Education(ACE) and theNational College Credit Recommendation Service(NCCR) have evaluated college-level training programs, credentials, and licenses from the military, government, and the public sector that may be eligible for college credit at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

CUNY SPS also awards credit for currently reviewed licenses and certifications in the fields of Health Information Management, IT, Project Management, Real Estate, Business, and Emergency Medical Technician.

For more information about credit for non-collegiate prior learning please contact uspla@sps.cuny.edu.

Prospective students and applicants mayschedulea meetingwith an academic advisor to obtain an unofficial credit evaluation for an undergraduate degree program.

Meet our Faculty

Estimated number of adjunct faculty teaching in the program:50

Margaret Reilly
Professor, DNS, Nursing Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Academic Director – Undergraduate & Graduate

Patricia Bartley-Daniele
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Coordinator MS in Nursing Education
Undergraduate & Graduate

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Kenya Harris
Professor, EdD, Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology
St. John’s University Nursing

Jan Kaminsky
Assistant Professor, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
Undergraduate

Anne Marie Leveille-Tulce
Assistant Professor, PhD, Nursing
CUNY Graduate Center
Undergraduate & Graduate

Kathleen Marsala-Cervasio
Associate Professor, EdD, Educational Leadership
Northcentral University

Lilly Mathew
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing
University of Arizona
Coordinator MS in Nursing Informatics
Undergraduate & Graduate

Linda Paradiso
Assistant Professor, DNP,Nurse Executive
Old Dominion University

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Upcoming Events for Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Online Information Session: BS and BS-MS in Nursing Degrees

October 11, 2022

Online Information Session: Bachelor's Degree Programs

October 12, 2022

Preparing for Graduate School

October 13, 2022

Test Flight: Online Learning Simulation

October 18, 2022 to October 24, 2022

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Academic Director, Nursing

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Margaret Reilly

Academic Director, Nursing

Full Curriculum

NYSIM Center
Monday – Saturday
7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Nursing Students may only attend the site when scheduled by the SPS Nursing Program)

Newman Library
(currently closed due to the COVID pandemic)

Help Desk Hours

Monday – Friday:
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(Excludes school holidays)

Saturday – Sunday:
1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
(Excludes school holidays)

Phone: (646)664‑8592
Email: Help Desk

To reach the CUNY SPS Help Desk Manager, please contact Cristian Cardenas at (646)664‑8593, or at Cristian.Cardenas@cuny.edu.

CUNY SPS Open Lab

*CUNY SPS Lab is currently closed due to COVID-19 and University directives.

Admissions Criteria

To qualify for admission to the RN to BS in Nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Associate's degree in nursing from the City University of New York or from a non-CUNY regional or nationally accredited credit-granting institution with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Current licensure in New York State as a Registered Professional Nurse, or eligibility to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination - RN (NCLEX-RN) - in New York State. Students who do not currently hold an RN license may apply to the program in the last semester of their pre-licensure program in anticipation of licensure. Unlicensed students who meet the eligibility criteria will be admitted on a case by case basis and will be required to obtain their RN license before beginning their second term in the program.
  • Nurses who hold a nursing diploma from a non-credit granting institution may also apply. Diploma applicants will be awarded 36 credits for their nursing education, if they have passed the NCLEX-RN and have an NYS RN license to practice, and will be required to complete nursing program and general education coursework to be awarded the BS in Nursing degree.
  • All University policies regarding skills and proficiency testing, grading, transfer credit, and degree completion will apply.

The online application requires students to complete a personal essay that will help us understand your educational goals and readiness to return to college.

Residency Requirement*
In order to enroll in the RN to BS in Nursing program, students must provide documentation of one of the following categories:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • Granted asylum, refugee status, temporary protected status, withholding of removal, deferred enforced departure, deferred action status by the U.S. Government, deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or permanently residing in the United States under color of law (PRUCOL)

*International students may enroll in fully online degree programs. However, our online programs do not qualify for student visas.

Students may view the Undergraduate Nursing Student Policies Handbook (PDF).

See afull list of the online nursing programsoffered at CUNY SPS.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2023 Priority Deadline: November 7, 2022

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Elena Davarashvili

RN to BS in Nursing

(Video) Online RN to BS and RN to BS-MS in Nursing Degrees | CUNY SPS Online Information Session 9-2022

"I feel that I have the ability to inspire and motivate people to become Nurses based on my own personal example."

Baly Cooley

RN to BS Nursing

"I learned that rather than being a liability, my age was a blessing, as my work ethic, professionalism, and ability to self-manage were vital to my success at going to school and working simultaneously."

Nicholas Choi

RN to BS in Nursing

"Taking classes at CUNY SPS truly tests your time management skills. The faculty truly want you to succeed and provide you with various resources to aid in that."

Alex Perez

RN to BS in Nursing 2017

"After completing my degree with CUNY SPS, I have taken on further responsibilities at my job. I started leading nursing patient education sessions [and] I am also serving as a preceptor for students in RN programs...”

An Integrative Review of the Attitudes of Acute Care Nurses towards Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

May 23, 2022

International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Science

Dr. Kathleen Marsala-Cervasio, an associate professor in the CUNY SPS nursing programs, has published the article "An Integrative Review of the Attitudes of Acute Care Nurses Towards Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" in the International Journal of Nursing and Health Care Science. Dr. Marsala-Cervasio co-authored the piece with Marie Lourdes Charles, assistant professor at Pace University's Lienhard School of Nursing.

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CUNY SPS Nurse Graduates Honored In Moving In-Person Ceremony

May 16, 2022

The 2022 Nursing Convocation and Pinning Ceremony, one of the first CUNY SPS events to be heldin person since 2020, recognized 238 nursing graduates.

Towards an Antiracism Framework for Human NonHuman Environment Wellbecoming

March 21, 2022

2022 Virtual Nursing Theory Conference

Dr. Anne Marie Leveille-Tulce, assistant professor of nursing at CUNY SPS, presented her scholarly work at the 2022 Virtual Nursing Theory conference held March 17 – 21, 2022. Her presentation, "Towards an Antiracism Framework for Human NonHuman Environment Wellbecoming," was based on the theories from Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings (SUHB). The foundational concepts serve as nursing tools to address important social justice mandates, advocate and act for equity, and uproot systems of oppression and racism.

Top 25 Online RN to BSN Degrees for 2021

September 23, 2021

TopRNtoBSN.com

The RN to BS in Nursing online degree program at CUNY SPS has been ranked #2 on the list of Top 25 Online RN to BSN Degrees for 2021 by the website TopRNtoBSN.com.

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FAQs

Is Bachelor of Nursing difficult? ›

Work hard, keep pushing through those tough times, and persevere, persevere, persevere! It's a challenging course; there's no doubt about that. I did not see myself as a student who was naturally smart – it was diligence, dedication and passion that got me through. Nursing is not a job you do for money.

Why is it important for you to complete your baccalaureate degree in nursing? ›

A BSN in nursing is important because it can result in improved patient outcomes, give you higher job security and increased career options, and because you could also have a higher earning potential than if you earned an associate degree in nursing.

What is the most challenging part of nursing school? ›

Pharmacology. Pharmacology, or the study of medication, can seem scary because of the sheer scope of the course. "It becomes one of the hardest classes for nursing students due to the depth and amount of knowledge needed," says Megan Lynch, instructor at Pima Community College.

How long is bachelor of science in nursing? ›

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) often takes four years to complete. This degree is ideal for those who want to learn the full professional scope of nursing as a career choice.

How do you pass a nursing school exam? ›

10 Study Tips That Will Make Nursing School Easier
  1. Follow the nursing exam study guide. ...
  2. Study a little every day. ...
  3. Focus on the material covered in class. ...
  4. Think in terms of action, not facts. ...
  5. Form a study group. ...
  6. Skim-read first. ...
  7. Use outside sources. ...
  8. Know your learning style.

What is the hardest semester of nursing school? ›

Health Assessment: the hardest semester of nursing school

Health assessment will likely be one of the initial courses you'll take in nursing school, and it involves delving into the various body systems and learning how to assess patients from head to toe.

Is having a BSN better than an RN? ›

A registered nurse is able to practice within their field with only an associates degree, but a BSN is the preferred level of education for many nurse specialties throughout the medical career landscape.

Does having a BSN make you a better nurse? ›

1. BSN Prepared Nurses Are Directly Linked With Better Patient Outcomes. Numerous studies corroborate the fact that higher nursing education leads to better clinical outcomes, fewer medical errors and lower mortality rates.

Why do hospitals prefer BSN nurses? ›

Many hospitals favor hiring nurses with a BSN because they can reach the IOM's recommendation without losing ADNs who are close to retirement age. If hospitals do hire nurses with an associate degree, they may require them to complete a BSN program within two to five years.

Is nursing school mostly memorization? ›

You cannot memorize everything.

Nursing school is loaded with concepts that need to be understood and applied to questions. Memorization will only get you so far in school. If you really want to excel in your classes, it is important that you fully understand the material.

How many hours a week should I study in nursing school? ›

Study time can be three to four hours a night in nursing school. Put this on your calendar for six days of the week! It is a full-time job for nursing students. Be sure to share this schedule with your friends and family so that they know you will be busy.

Why is nursing school so hard? ›

Challenging Course Material

The main reason why nursing school is challenging is because it involves learning about complicated nursing concepts and practical skills, then applying that information into diverse patient care scenarios — going well beyond memorizing facts.

Which nursing degree is best? ›

The MSN is the best degree for aspiring nurses and nurse professionals who want a career as a: Advanced Practice Nurse. Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Certified Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)

What are the subjects of BS nursing? ›

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four-year degree program that teaches students the necessary skills and knowledge for health care. It revolves around four main components; health promotion, disease prevention, risk reduction, and health restoration.

What is the easiest course in college? ›

9 Easiest College Classes For Success
  1. Film History. If you're imagining that you'll be sitting in a theatre and watching films all the time, then you're only somewhat wrong. ...
  2. Creative Writing. There are infinite ways to tell a story. ...
  3. Physical Education. ...
  4. Psychology. ...
  5. Public Speaking. ...
  6. Anthropology. ...
  7. Art History. ...
  8. Acting.
28 Jul 2020

Are nursing school exams hard? ›

Nursing school exams are challenging for almost everyone. They'll test not only your knowledge of course material, but also your ability to apply this information in a patient scenario. Developing a solid study plan and knowing what to expect on test day can go a long way toward passing these difficult exams.

Is nursing school hard to pass? ›

Nursing school is notoriously difficult—and it's not for everyone. Graduate school is challenging as well.

Is it hard to pass the nursing exam? ›

NCLEX Pass Rates

The second-attempt pass rate for domestically-educated students taking the test was 45.56%. These results demonstrate that it is a pretty difficult test. The questions are designed to test your critical thinking, knowledge of the nursing process, and assessment skills.

How do you survive nursing school? ›

10 Tips on How to Survive Nursing School
  1. Get to know your professors early in the semester. ...
  2. Review every single test you get back. ...
  3. READ YOUR BOOKS! ...
  4. Get your assignments done early. ...
  5. Get organized!!!! ...
  6. Find good study habits. ...
  7. Study during your breaks. ...
  8. Self-care is so important for nursing students.
14 Jan 2020

Can you fail the NCLEX? ›

If you didn't pass the exam, you'll receive a NCLEX Candidate Performance Report (CPR). The CPR is an individualized document that shows how a candidate performed in each of the test plan content areas. Candidates who fail the exam can use the CPR as a guide to prepare them to retake the exam.

What is the most important class in nursing school? ›

Health Assessment and Promotion is one of the most important classes you take in nursing school.

What percentage of nurses have a BSN? ›

Currently, only 56 percent of nurses hold degrees at the baccalaureate level and above.

Do BSN have to take NCLEX? ›

Graduates from an accredited Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are required to pass the NCLEX-RN to earn licensure and legally practice nursing in the United States.

Do you need a BSN to become an RN? ›

You can become an RN without a BSN. The minimum required education is a nursing diploma or associate degree.. However, it is very strongly recommended that ambitious nurses pursue a BSN or MSN program because these will vastly increase their job and salary opportunities.

What is difference between RN and BSN? ›

BSN, ADN, RN: The Difference in The Letters

BSN means bachelor of science in nursing, ADN means associate degree in nursing, and RN means registered nurse. BSN is a diploma from a 4-year program: A person with a BSN has graduated from a four-year nursing program at a college, university, or nursing school.

What is the difference between nursing and nursing science? ›

Nursing is an art and a science. The art is the empathetic therapeutic relationship and mutual trust between nurse and patient. The science is the knowledge of growth, development, wellness, health and illness, along with technical knowledge pertaining to equipment.

Is a degree in nursing worth it? ›

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the position of a registered nurse has a promising job outlook with a projected growth of 9% from 2020 to 2030. There will be around 194,500 job openings during this decade as nurses are in high demand and will continue to be so for a while.

What is nursing Short answer? ›

Nursing encompasses autonomous and collaborative care of individuals of all ages, families, groups and communities, sick or well and in all settings. Nursing includes the promotion of health, prevention of illness, and the care of ill, disabled and dying people.

Do employers prefer BSN? ›

Based on completed responses from 653 schools of nursing, 43.2% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor's degree in nursing, while 82.1% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.

Are BSN nurses safer than ADN? ›

The Bottom Line: Education Equals Safety & Career Advancement. Research study after research study has proven that the safest hospitals have more BSN educated registered nurses than Associate's or diploma educated nurses. Because of this, the trend in nursing is to encourage higher education and has been for many years ...

What do you need to memorize in nursing? ›

As a nurse, you're required to know anatomy and physiology, biology, pharmacology, and other areas of science. You also need to maintain your knowledge of modern medicine and are expected to attend continuing education classes.

How do you remember everything for Nclex? ›

Here are some of the most helpful mnemonics for the NCLEX-RN exam that you should include in your study sessions.
  1. MONA. For the treatment of Myocardial Infarction, you can think of the name MONA. ...
  2. ZZLSD. The drugs that are used in the treatment of HIV can be memorized with ZZLSD. ...
  3. MADD DOG. ...
  4. FAME. ...
  5. SPAMS. ...
  6. FAST. ...
  7. PRICE. ...
  8. STING.
7 Jan 2016

Is the Nclex memorized? ›

Unlike nursing school exams, which test for knowledge, the NCLEX tests your ability to apply and analyze situations using the nursing knowledge you gained in school. Logic and critical thinking, rather than rote memorization, are emphasized in this test—making it much more difficult and comprehensive.

How long should I study a day in nursing school? ›

How many hours a day should I study for nursing school? Everyone is different, but in general, it is recommended that nursing school students study anywhere from 2-4 hours a day. Committing class material to memory is essential to becoming a registered nurse, so the more time studying, the better!

What should you study before nursing school? ›

Topics to review before nursing school starts
  • Fluids, fluids and more fluids. ...
  • Cardiovascular System. ...
  • Pulmonary System. ...
  • Renal System. ...
  • Acid/Base Balance. ...
  • Electrolytes. ...
  • Endocrine System and Feedback Loops. ...
  • Dimensional Analysis.
27 Jul 2017

Does nursing school get easier? ›

Nursing school will have semesters that are easier than others. The good news is that the longer you are in nursing school, the easier it gets. The coursework may remain about the same, but it will get easier due to: The fact that you'll be used to it after a semester or two and you'll know what it takes to succeed.

Does nursing have math? ›

Nursing in the "real world" generally requires very basic math skills, but almost all programs require at least one college-level math class — usually algebra. Some nursing schools may require a basic statistics course as well, so if you know what schools you're applying to, be sure to check for this requirement.

How many year does it take to become a nurse? ›

Typically it takes anywhere from two to four years to become a registered nurse. But exactly how long it will take you depends on the degree program you choose, your clinical experience, and the licensing requirements in your state.

Is nursing school stressful? ›

Statistically, nursing school is stressful. Psychological studies have found it's more stressful than just about any other academic program—including, some studies say, medical school.

What is the lowest level of nursing? ›

As the name suggests, CNAs assist nurses with patient admittance and vitals. It is the lowest-level credential related to the nursing field and the quickest point of entry.

Can I study nursing with grade C? ›

If you scored a C-, you can take a certificate at any of the accredited nursing colleges in Kenya then use it to apply for a Diploma. Note that in all cases, you must meet the various subject combinations in English/Kiswahili, Biology/Biological Sciences, Chemistry/ Mathematics, Physics/Physical sciences.

How many types of nurses are there? ›

Nurses can fall within three fields: non-degree (CNA), degree (BSN RN), and advanced degree (NP).

Is a BSN hard? ›

You're headed for a great career, one that's rewarding, challenging, and always exciting. But nursing school is notoriously difficult. Most nursing programs require high GPAs and impressive scores in math, chemistry, biology, psychology, and other demanding subjects. It's also extremely fulfilling.

What do you learn in your first year of nursing school? ›

There's nothing quite like your first semester of nursing school. It's like learning a new language combined with art and science. You'll learn new medical terms and phrases. You'll learn the art of caring for patients while studying the human body, science, and pharmacology (the use and effects of drugs on the body).

Is BS nursing a pre med course? ›

Nursing as a premed is not only a good choice but an ideal choice for most aspiring doctors. As both in nursing and medicine, on top of classes nurses have to go through rigorous training and internships just to pass.

What is the hardest bachelor degree? ›

Introducing the 13 Hardest College Majors
  • #8: Biochemistry or Biophysics. ...
  • #7: Astronomy. ...
  • #6: Physics. ...
  • #5: Cell and Molecular Biology. ...
  • #4: Biomedical Engineering. ...
  • #3: Aero and Astronautical Engineering. ...
  • #2: Chemical Engineering. ...
  • #1: Architecture. Average Hours Spent Preparing for Class Each Week: 22.20.
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What course will make you rich? ›

  • Engineering. Coming in at the top is engineering - which might surprise you, but the scope of engineering is huge and widening all of the time. ...
  • Economics / Finance. ...
  • Politics. ...
  • Mathematics. ...
  • Computer Science. ...
  • Law. ...
  • MBA.

What is the most failed course in high school? ›

Algebra is the single most failed course in high school, the most failed course in community college, and, along with English language for nonnative speakers, the single biggest academic reason that community colleges have a high dropout rate.

How hard is it to be a nurse? ›

Nursing is not an easy profession—it requires both physical and mental stamina to make it through those 14-hour shifts.” If you love the work you are doing and believe in the impact it makes on every patient's life, you might find yourself thriving even in a whirlwind of activity.

What is the easiest nursing course? ›

For the easiest nursing degrees, your best options include shorter programs like licensed practical nurse and licensed vocational nurse programs, associate's degree programs, bridge programs for registered nurses seeking bachelor's degrees and hybrid nursing programs.

Why is nursing school so hard? ›

Challenging Course Material

The main reason why nursing school is challenging is because it involves learning about complicated nursing concepts and practical skills, then applying that information into diverse patient care scenarios — going well beyond memorizing facts.

Which is the hardest degree in the world? ›

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree is the hardest degree in Guinness World Records. This is because the curriculum is very demanding and requires students to complete a four-year program.

Does nursing have math? ›

Nursing in the "real world" generally requires very basic math skills, but almost all programs require at least one college-level math class — usually algebra. Some nursing schools may require a basic statistics course as well, so if you know what schools you're applying to, be sure to check for this requirement.

Is nursing school easy? ›

So, yes, nursing school is hard. If you're committed, prepared, practice good time management skills, and have a positive attitude, you will finish nursing school. You're one step closer to taking the NCLEX-RN exam and becoming a registered nurse!

How do you survive nursing school? ›

10 Tips on How to Survive Nursing School
  1. Get to know your professors early in the semester. ...
  2. Review every single test you get back. ...
  3. READ YOUR BOOKS! ...
  4. Get your assignments done early. ...
  5. Get organized!!!! ...
  6. Find good study habits. ...
  7. Study during your breaks. ...
  8. Self-care is so important for nursing students.
14 Jan 2020

What is the lowest level of nursing? ›

As the name suggests, CNAs assist nurses with patient admittance and vitals. It is the lowest-level credential related to the nursing field and the quickest point of entry.

What short courses can a nurse do? ›

What is a short course?
  • Short Course in Ophthalmic Nursing.
  • Short Course on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness.
  • Short Course on Primary Clinical Care (PC) 101.
  • Short Course on Neurodevelopmental Supportive Care of the Preterm Infant.

How can I become a nurse fast? ›

If you're itching to enter the field, the fastest way to become a nurse would be taking the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) route. While you wouldn't actually be an RN, you could complete a Practical Nursing program and be well on your way to launching a nursing career in as few as 12 months.

Do you have to be smart to be a nurse? ›

Yes, you do need to be smart enough to be a Nurse with the ability to learn subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology, Biology, Math, and English. This can be gruelling for some, whilst others will find it fairly easy.

Is nursing school hard to pass? ›

Nursing school is notoriously difficult—and it's not for everyone. Graduate school is challenging as well.

How many year does it take to become a nurse? ›

Typically it takes anywhere from two to four years to become a registered nurse. But exactly how long it will take you depends on the degree program you choose, your clinical experience, and the licensing requirements in your state.

What is the easiest degree? ›

The 16 Easiest College Majors – 2022 Rankings
  • Psychology.
  • Criminal Justice.
  • English.
  • Education.
  • Religious Studies.
  • Social Work.
  • Sociology.
  • Communications.
11 Sept 2022

Is Nursing the toughest degree in the world? ›

“Nursing” can be filled with any number of different job fields and degrees, including architecture, engineering, information technology, and more. But, in actuality, there is no “hardest degree” award in the Guinness Book of World Records!

What's the easiest course in college? ›

9 Easiest College Classes For Success
  1. Film History. If you're imagining that you'll be sitting in a theatre and watching films all the time, then you're only somewhat wrong. ...
  2. Creative Writing. There are infinite ways to tell a story. ...
  3. Physical Education. ...
  4. Psychology. ...
  5. Public Speaking. ...
  6. Anthropology. ...
  7. Art History. ...
  8. Acting.

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