What Are The Requirements to Become an RN?

1. Get an Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) or Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN)   

Depending on the RN program you want to get into, you’ll have to have completed basic math, science, and some foreign language courses. These are courses you’ll have taken either in high school, college, or the equal.   

You can also go through a nurse certification program to avoid getting either the ADN or the BSN. While this method is easier to attain, an ADN or BSN will provide more options for employment than a nursing diploma alone. 

If you already have an ADN or nursing diploma, you can get a BSN through a two-year program called the RN-to-BSN. This cuts down the time to get a BSN by two years. 

2. Take the NCLEX-RN Exam 

The National Council Licensure Examination is the test that determines your eligibility to become a registered nurse. When you pass it, it means that you’re able to practice entry-level nursing.   

There are four test sections. The first deals with safety and hygiene. The second area covers health promotion and body maintenance. The third section has to do with the mental/emotional well-being of patients. Finally, the fourth section examines physiological integrity. 

Most nursing degree programs offer training and study materials to pass this test. You can find similar materials in NCLEX study booklets or review apps.   

3. Become a Licensed RN in Your State 

Passing the NCLEX-RN proves that you are eligible to be a registered nurse. Make sure to check the state board in the state where you plan to seek employment about license renewal, transfers, or any application fees and deadlines.   

4. Get Hired! 

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there is an ongoing national shortage of nurses as recently as 2020. If you’re thinking about becoming an RN, there is plenty of room for career growth. Further your education in nursing, and you can specialize in different areas.

For further information about nursing careers, please reach out to CynaMed. On our website, you’ll find plenty of resources regarding healthcare careers. Or, you can also email us at info@cynamed.com.

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