How to Become a Registered Nurse
Choosing to become a registered nurse (RN) is not for the faint of heart. It requires years of challenging coursework, countless hours of real-world experience and passing a national exam to be eligible for licensure. But an aspiring RN, must have patience, an ability to think critically and have great interpersonal skills.
Explore what you need to successfully navigate the Arizona College process below.
Applying to Attend Nursing School at the Las Vegas Campus
The first step to becoming a registered nurse is simply enrolling in the school of your choice. But choosing the program that’s truly right for you isn’t always the easiest decision to make. Whatever personal criteria you covet in a school, make sure to combine it with a high-quality nursing program that’s approved by a State Board of Nursing.
Here’s a brief overview of the nursing school enrollment process:
- Knowing the registered nurse educational requirements – The majority of nursing programs, at least the ones you should be considering, will have minimum education requirements that must be met before enrollment can occur.
- Applying to the college of your choice – Some colleges may require you to be accepted by the institution to begin taking general education courses before you can apply to their nursing program. At Arizona College you begin by making an appointment to speak with one of our friendly admissions representatives. You will be walked through the application process and you will even have a chance to tour the campus.
- Applying to the nursing program – As part of the admission’s process at Arizona College you will also need to obtain transcripts from all of your high schools and colleges/universities attended. Once you have been accepted into the program you will be able to begin taking general education courses with very little wait time between being accepted and the start of your program.
After you’ve been accepted into your desired nursing program, your advisor will help you decide your course sequence and you will speak with an expert to structure your financial plan. Arizona College’s Las Vegas School of Nursing is pleased to offer different financial aid options with your tuition and living expenses while you’re in school.
Fill out the Request information form to the right and learn how Arizona College could help fund your education.
Things to Expect in Nursing School
Expect to spend the next 2-4 years (depending on the education level you desire) in school studying and working hard. If you will be taking classes part-time to start, add on another year or two of study. To be a full-time student in our program you must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours per semester in our general education portion of the program.
Our courses are focused on teaching students the foundations of nursing and skills that will translate to a variety of healthcare environments. You’ll learn:
- The ethical practices of the nursing field
- How to lead teams and collaborate with other healthcare workers
- Best patient interaction practices
- To maintain patient health records
- How to administer medications
- To use the health systems, equipment and technology
- To understand the human system, anatomy and physiology
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Arizona College will also include general education studies that can help you improve your writing, mathematics, and critical thinking skills. These fundamental skills will help facilitate learning the nursing content.
Completing a Nursing Program – Next Steps
After you’ve earned your associates or bachelor’s degree in nursing, you are eligible to take your National Council Licensure Exam in Registered Nursing (NCLEX-RN). You must pass this examination before you can receive a nursing license in Nevada (or other state of your choosing).
Obtaining your nursing license is pretty straightforward:
- Fill out and sign an original copy of the nursing license application
- Pay the application fee
- Supply a fingerprint card
- Have a certificate of completion from your nursing program (or your official transcripts if your graduated out-of-state) sent directly to NVBN (or other applicable state)
- Mail the application in or bring your application to the Board in-person
Once your application is received and reviewed, you will be issued a nursing license (after you successfully pass your NCLEX! This license needs to be renewed every two years.
Beginning Your RN Career
Now that you have all the foundational knowledge and clinical experience about nursing you need, it’s time to leave a mark in the healthcare field! From emergency centers and general hospitals to schools and even hospice care, nursing is unique for the variety of wonderful and rewarding opportunities it possible.
Being a registered nurse may just be a dream for now, but it’s a real, concrete goal you can set today. If the daily tasks of a registered nurse sound intriguing and you want to reach your potential in an industry that’s only growing, then seriously consider becoming a RN today. Meet new people each day, gain exposure to different types of environments and work a schedule that suits your lifestyle.
Use the Request Information form to have an Arizona College Nursing Admissions Representative get in touch with you today!