RN Training Programs


Registered Nurses need to obtain their degrees from accredited colleges or universities. You can choose either a certificate, associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree (or further) nursing program depending on how long you want to attend school.

Find an accredited nursing college course near you by using the program search application.

Common Courses in an RN Program:

Each RN program, from the diploma through bachelor’s degree, will cover many of the same topics. RN programs include classes like:

  • anatomy and physiology
  • biochemistry
  • statistics
  • chemistry
  • microbiology
  • patient care
  • nutrition
  • psychology
  • research, and
  • healthcare policies

Colleges with RN Programs

There are many other colleges to choose from, use the search application to find all your local and online options.

Courses in Associate’s Degree Programs for RN’s:

Coursework for Associate’s Degrees cover much of the same information as the diploma option but are more in-depth in their information.

Here is a basic list of coursework most RN associate degree programs include:

  • Microbiology and Immunology which studies microorganisms and infections and how they affect health.
  • Care of Patients With Complex Needs will teach the student the nursing process and how to use it to treat patients over their lifespan. Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes are emphasized.
  • Patient Care Management teaches techniques to care for patients with a multitude of medical issues and still maintain excellent nursing care.
  • Professional Issues educates the students and arms them with the tools to deal with dilemmas that arise during the course of their careers such as legal and ethical, leadership strategies, and healthcare policies.

Bachelor’s Degree Programs for RN’s: Bachelor’s Degrees take four years so the coursework will be more robust than associate’s and diploma programs.

Examples of some of the courses taken on a Bachelor’s level are:

  • Women’s Health explores the common issues female patients face within their reproductive organs including childbirth and menopause.
  • Intro to Nursing Research will introduce the students to research concepts such as the scientific method and statistical analysis.
  • Public Health Nursing will focus on preventative care within a variety of populations and communities.
  • Chemistry and Physics for Anesthesia will explain the physics of anesthesia and how it is given to patients. Chemistry and physics are taught in this course.

Where do RN’s Work?

Registered Nurses are able to work in Critical Care, Midwifery, Research, Anesthesia, and Informatics, Emergency, and Geriatrics among other concentrations.

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