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Registered Nursing – A truly caring career

April 19, 2011
Carrington College Student helping a patient

Did you know that Registered Nursing is the largest healthcare occupation in the United States? 2.6 million Registered Nurses (RNs) work in the U.S., with about 60% of them working in hospitals*. Other RNs work in home health care services, schools, community centers, residential care or nursing facilities, clinics and physician offices, even government agencies or educational services.

No matter what the medical setting, a Registered Nurse (RN) cares for people every day. Whether treating or educating patients, enlightening the public about various medical conditions, or providing emotional support to patients’ family members, a Registered Nurse is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose. But you first have to graduate from an accredited RN degree program.

Carrington College holds full approval of its practical nursing program and provisional approval for its associate degree professional nursing education program. The Idaho Board of Nursing issued a certificate of approval. Board offices: 280 North 8th Street, Suite 210, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720 – 0061, 208 334 3110, The Arizona Board of Nursing certifies that Carrington College has satisfactorily fulfilled requirements and is granted full approval. Board offices: 4747 N. 7th Street, Suite 200, Phoenix, 85014 – 3655, 602 771 7800.

The RN program, culminating in an Associate of Science degree, and it is offered at our Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix Westside, AZ, Reno, NV and Boise, ID (Nursing Bridge Program)  campuses.

As a student at the Carrington College Registered Nursing associate degree program, you will be fully immersed into the medical field; our faculty will share their passion, insight and experience in a mix of in-depth clinical exercises and informative classroom lectures. In this two year program, our instructors provide a nursing education that will prepare you for the challenges that ‘real world’ RNs face every day.

It’s important to remember that admission to, or graduation from, the Carrington College nursing program does not guarantee a license or certificate to practice nursing. Licensure and certification requirements are issued by the State Board of Nursing; that’s why graduates have to pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). You also have to apply and be granted licensure in the state in which you wish to practice. Check with your state nurse licensing boards for specific information, as requirements may vary by state.

The employment outlook for Registered Nurses, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics (, is considered excellent. Because of our aging population, an emphasis on preventative care, and new technologies that enable treatment of more conditions, job opportunities for RNs are expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations**.

To find out more about the Carrington College Registered Nursing degree Program, you can talk to an Admissions Representative at 1.877.204.4718, or you can get the process started by submitting this online form and we’ll contact you to answer any questions you have, and help you get started.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-11 Ed.).
**Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009.

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