Ultimate Free Guide to Nurse Education, Certification & License Requirements
National directory of nurse education and training programs. Learn how to become a CNA, LPN or RN in each state
Welcome to NursesLink.org where current nurses and nursing students can find information about nurse education, different nursing careers and license requirements. Find qualified state-approved nurse training programs in every state to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or Registered Nurse (RN). Visit our nursing blog to read posts about nursing schools, certification requirements, license test preparation, free training courses, employment outlook and more professional nursing topics.
Why Choose a Career in Nursing?
Nursing careers offer a high degree of stability since they are an integral part of the health care industry, which is one of the strongest sectors of the US economy. Nursing salaries are very competitive given the amount of education required and many nursing positions offer excellent benefits packages. Health care employers such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and health maintenance organizations tend to be large in scale and financially sound. This allows them to offer strong incentive packages to attract the best possible job candidates.
Nurse Education Training Programs
See our extensive state by state list of accredited nursing schools and nurse training programs. If you are seeking to become an LPN, CNA or RN you can learn more about each career position and find training programs being offered in your local area. CNA training can be completed in about three months. LPN training usually takes about one year to finish. RN programs take between 18 months to 4 years to complete depending on the type of program you select.
If you are having trouble deciding which nursing career path to pursue try asking actual nurses about their jobs and gain valuable insight from their real life experience. Enrolling in an academic program is a serious commitment of time and resources and should not be taken lightly. Research various career options and learn more about the average salary you can expect to earn in each position before making a final decision.
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Finding Nationally Accredited Nursing Schools
National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) – Find out which nursing schools are accredited by the NLNAC (one of two major national accrediting organizations for nursing programs). The NLNAC grants accreditation to ADN, LPN, BSN and graduate degree nursing programs. Employers often prefer to hire nurses from schools that are locally and nationally accredited. To give yourself a competitive advantage in the job market find an NLNAC-accredited nursing school to attend.
Difference Between State Approval and National Accreditation
When a nursing program is “state-approved” that means it is allowed to operate within that particular state and provide nurse education for specific types of programs. State approved programs fulfill the nurse education requirements and allow their graduates to become licensed to practice in that state.
If a program is state approved but lacks national accreditation from either the NLNAC or CCNE, the education might not be recognized by out-of-state employers, other state boards of nursing, or other schools. This might prevent graduates from obtaining nursing jobs in other states or from having their degree and/or credits accepted by other educational institutions.
National accreditation ensures the student that upon graduation their education will be recognized across state lines. Graduates from nationally accredited programs can attend various colleges and universities to build upon their nursing education. They can also apply their existing credits towards obtaining similar licensure in other states.