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RN Programs

National Directory of Accredited RN Programs

Find qualified nursing schools that currently offer Registered Nurse education programs

RN Diploma / Certificate Programs

Our registered nursing (RN) school catalog includes all state-approved accredited RN programs. If you notice a program that is not on our list that you would like to suggest that we add please send an email with the school name and address. There are 3 types of RN programs, each resulting in a different degree awarded upon completion. Read our summary of each pathway to becoming a registered nurse to choose which path is right for you.


You can become a registered nurse through an approved diploma / certificate program administered by a hospital or educational institution. These programs typically take 12-18 months to complete and the individual will then meet the prerequisites for taking the NCLEX-RN exam to become a licensed RN.

The benefits of a diploma or certificate program are low cost and quick completion. The main disadvantage is that you do not earn an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, which makes you less competitive amongst other registered nurses in the job market. If your primary goal is to become a registered nurse as quickly as possible and you intend on working as an RN for the foreseeable future, then a hospital-based program makes sense. Due to many healthcare employers preference for nurses with higher levels of education, hospital-based RN programs can be difficult to find nowadays.

Associate’s Degree (ADN) RN Programs

Another way to become a registered nurse is through the completion of an Associate’s degree in nursing program. Most Associate’s degree programs take 18-24 months to complete at a local community college. Once the student has earned their ADN they can sign up to take the NCLEX-RN exam. These programs are also fairly quick to complete and relatively cheap since they can be completed at junior colleges. The nice thing about having an Associate’s degree is that you can always go back to school to earn your Bachelor’s degree at a later time. If you decide to enroll in a Bachelor’s degree program you will only need about two years to complete your degree.

Bachelor’s Degree (BSN) RN Programs

The best career choice for a future registered nurse is to enroll in a four year Bachelor’s degree in nursing program. Although this degree will take about four years to complete, the future graduate will possess a valuable degree that can be used in several different ways. A student who graduates from a BSN program can take the NCLEX-RN test and become a licensed registered nurse. An RN who holds a Bachelor’s degree will be preferred by employers over RNs with a lesser degree or no degree at all. An RN with a BSN degree can also apply for nursing management positions and advance quickly within the nursing profession into more specialized fields. Lastly, a BSN degree allows the individual to pursue other careers outside of nursing. A four year degree from a reputable university has value in the US economy and is a signal of academic achievement and general competence. Holding a bachelor’s degree in nursing also puts you one step closer to achieving a Master’s degree with about 18 months of additional schooling.



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Individual program accreditations are granted by the State Board of Nursing for each state. It is important to verify a school’s current approval status before attending their program. You can verify by contacting the board of nursing in the state where the school is located.

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