Becoming a registered nurse (RN) is a process that requires completing a nursing program, passing a national exam, and applying for licensure within the state of Arizona or Nevada. Discover what is needed to successfully complete each stage along the way to becoming an RN.
Applying for Nursing School
The first step in becoming a registered nurse is enrolling in a nursing school. Choosing the program that is right for you is a big decision that can have a profound impact on your future career. Getting into a high-quality nursing program that is approved by the State Board of Nursing can be a competitive process.
The process for enrolling in a nursing school will include:
- Checking the registered nurse educational requirements – Most nursing programs will have minimum education requirements that must be met in order to enroll. Learn more about minimum education requirements for the Arizona College Nursing program.
- Applying to the college – For some schools, students must first apply to and be accepted by the college first. This step is not required at Arizona College.
- Applying to the nursing program – Once accepted by the school, students must then apply to the nursing program. At Arizona College, prospective students can apply directly to the nursing program.
After you have been accepted and enrolled in a nursing program, you will need to decide which courses to take first and how your education will be financed. Arizona College- School of Nursing offers students a variety of financial aid options that help with the cost of tuition and living expenses.
Fill out the Request Information form on the right to learn more about how Arizona College may help you fund your education.
What to Expect While in Nursing School
Students can expect to spend between 2-4 years in a nursing degree program, depending on education level being attained. These are typically full-time programs, which means that students are enrolled in 12 credit hours or more each semester.
Courses are focused on teaching students the essential elements of nursing science. Skills that will be taught include:
- Using health systems, equipment, and technology
- Administering medications
- Maintaining patient health records
- Best practices when interacting with patients
- Understanding the human system, anatomy, and physiology
- Ethics and ethical practices within the nursing field
A Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, like the one offered at Arizona College, will also include general education studies that can help students improve their writing, mathematics, and critical thinking skills.
Next Steps After Completing a Nursing Program
Once you have successfully earned an associates degree or bachelors degree in nursing, you will then be eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). Passing the NCLEX-RN is a requirement that must be met before you can apply for a nursing license in your state of study (Arizona or Nevada).
Applying for a nursing license is done through the State Board of Nursing (AZBN or NVBN). Applicants must:
- Fill out and sign an original copy of the application, which has to be mailed or brought into the board office in person
- Pay the application fee of $300
- 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 AZBN or LVBN
Once everything is received and your application is reviewed, you will be issued a nursing license that has to be renewed every five years.
Beginning Your Career as a Registered Nurse
At Arizona College, our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program prepares students to work in a variety of environments, from surgery centers to schools. One aspect of nursing that is unique from many other healthcare careers is the diversity and wide selection of specialties. The specialty that you prefer will have a significant impact on where you ultimately work.
No matter what specialty you choose, the daily tasks of a registered nurse are always focused on providing patients with the best care possible. It’s a job that affords you the opportunity to meet many new people, work with a variety of healthcare professionals and work a schedule that suits your lifestyle.
Get personal enrollment assistance. Use the Request Information form to contact a Nursing Admissions Representative today.