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When searching for nursing programs, please keep these in mind:

Entry Level Programs

All entry level nursing programs are offered in a campus setting (for the most part). You may find some nursing schools that offer classes partly on campus and partly online but their number is dwindling down from time to time. If you are planning to attend school while keeping your day job, you could enroll in schools with evening or weekend class options.

Before enrolling in any LPN or RN program, make sure the program is approved by state board of nursing. You will find approval status information for all entry level programs on our website but you should double check with your state's board of nursing. It is also very important that the program is accredited by CCNE or NLNAC. If you plan on advancing your education in the future, attending an accredited program will help you a lot. Attending an accredited nursing program also helps you qualify for a number of nursing scholarships.

Accelerated Nursing Programs

If you currently have a non nursing degree and want to switch your profession to nursing, you can do so with the help of accelerated nursing programs. There are two types of accelerated nursing program: Accelerated BSN (also know as 2nd degree BSN) and Accelerated MSN (also know as direct entry MSN)

The number of direct entry MSN programs is low compared to accelerated BSN program. But The number is constantly growing. At the moment there are about 90 nursing schools that offer this program. A dozen more will open in the coming few months.

Due to the speed and intensity of accelerated nursing programs, they are usually offered full-time in a campus setting. When joining one of these programs be prepared to commit fully to your education for 12 to 18 months.

Graduate Programs

Most graduate nursing programs are offered online or in a hybrid mode (partly online and partly on campus). However RN to MSN programs are always offered in classroom setting. Most graduate programs are accredited by CCNE and also only accepts applicants who graduated from other accredited programs.