You’ve already started on the path toward your career as a nurse, and you’re ready to take your education to the next level. You know the basics, and Carrington College is here to help you learn what it takes to become a registered nurse. At Carrington College’s Boise, Idaho campus, licensed practical nurses ready for a bigger challenge can find it in our Nursing Bridge program. At Carrington College’s Sacramento campus, licensed vocational nurses can train in our Registered Nursing LVN to RN program. Our program is designed to build on the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired to give you the information and experience you need to be able to:5
16% growth from 2014-2024
(Much faster than average growth)1
State, Local and Private Hospitals,
Residential Care Facilities
About 1 year2
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm (visited April 27, 2016).
2. Not including breaks.
Which Locations Offer the Nursing Bridge/Registered Nursing LVN to RN Program?
How Easy Will It Be to Get a Job as a Registered Nurse?
Nursing offers many opportunities for qualified people with the passion to care for others. Making the move to registered nursing means you’re dedicated to your profession and ready to take your skills to the next level. Good news…there are plenty of opportunities out there for registered nurses! No jobs are a guarantee, so you’ll have to keep up the hard work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be an additional 439,300 registered nursing jobs available from 2014-20241. There are some great reasons for this growth, including:
- An increased emphasis on preventative care, so more people are visiting health care facilities before they get sick to stay healthy.
- Chronic conditions such as diabetes and obesity are occurring at growing rates, meaning more people who need your help.
- Baby boomers are live longer and more active lives, and their demand for health care services continues to grow, which means an increased demand for those who can care for them3.
Where can you work as a Registered Nurse4?
State, Local and Private Hospitals
Hospitals are probably the most recognizable places where registered nurses work. You’ll be responsible for patient care, working with physicians and the rest of the patients’ health care team to make sure they get the treatment they need.
Nursing Care Facilities
With a growing population of aging individuals, nursing care facilities continue to require the expertise of registered nurses to help their residents. Registered nurses here will help patients with day-to-day medical concerns and help treat illnesses or ailments.
Physicians see many patients each day, and rely on registered nurses at their practices to assist them. Registered nurses in a physician’s office would be responsible for checking vital signs, administering vaccinations and communicating with the patient.
Home Health Care Services
Sometimes a patient needs extra assistance with a medical condition but prefers to stay in the comfort of their own home. You might be responsible for assisting with medication and answering any questions the patient has about their care.
Students get sick too, and many elementary, middle and high schools and even colleges and universities utilize the expertise of a registered nurse. You’ll be asked to see students complaining of minor ailments.
4. Individuals seeking to enter this career field may be subject to screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug/alcohol testing prior to externship, to attain occupational licensure/certification or employment, and throughout their careers.
Crossing the Bridge to Your Future Career.
- Help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results
- Take medical histories, record vital signs and symptoms, and explain treatment procedures.
- Draw blood, give injections and administer medications.
- Prepare to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, or NCLEX-RN5
5. Individuals seeking to enter this career field may be subject to screenings such as, but not limited to, criminal background checks and drug/alcohol testing prior to externship, to attain occupational licensure/certification or employment, and throughout their careers.
CALIFORNIA LICENSURE EXAM PASS RATES
This program prepares graduates for an occupation in which passage of a California licensing examination is required. The link below shows exam passage rates for the most recent available year. If you have questions regarding the calculation of these rates please contact the agency listed.
California Board of Registered Nursing
How Does Carrington College Support Me As A Student?
We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed, including:
From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid6.
Tutoring and Study Groups
For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.
Fixed Tuition Promise
How would you like to know what you’re going to pay, right from the beginning? We promise your tuition won’t change through the length of your program. It’s our commitment to you7.
Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork
Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.
After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.
Support Outside the Classroom
You’ll have access to a confidential8 service called ASPIRE. Specialists can help you work through personal problems, legal issues, childcare referrals, housing assistance or financial concerns.
6. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
7. Fixed Tuition Promise is available for all Carrington College students who remain active and in good standing during the duration of their program. Students who withdraw or are withdrawn from school and are not reinstated within 180 days of their last date of attendance are subject to a tuition increase. Students who are required to repeat a course to fulfill graduation requirements are subject to additional expenses.
8. All information shared with the ASPIRE program is strictly confidential unless the student consents otherwise or law requires.
COMPARE THE VALUE
There are a lot of factors to think about when choosing a college, and you want to make sure you’re asking the right questions. That’s why we’ve created this comparison chart, to help you do your homework about what’s included in the cost of your program.