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Vocational Nursing Schools

The field of nursing has dozens of different specialties that students can pursue once they have met the basic educational requirements to become registered nurses or licensed practical nurses. With additional education and training, nurses may move on to become certified nurse midwives, nurse practitioners and nurse educators, or they work in different areas of hospitals, such as geriatrics, labor and delivery, emergency room, obstetrics and many other nursing specialties.

Specialty nursing careers

Demand for registered nurses is expected to grow 19 percent, or 526,800 new jobs, from 2012 through 2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) reports. However, demand is much stronger for nursing specialties, including:

  • Nurse practitioners (34 percent)
  • Nurse midwives (29 percent)
  • Nurse anesthetists (25 percent)

All told, the three nursing specialties are projected to grow by 47,600 positions through from 2012 through 2022, the BLS reports. Other nursing specialty professions include charge nurses, clinical nurse managers, chief nursing officers, intensive care nurses and ambulatory surgical nurses.

Nursing education, degrees and certifications

Specialty nurses typically need years of intensive training and education -- nurse practitioners and nurse midwives usually have completed master's- and sometimes doctorate-level educational programs, the BLS reports.

It doesn't take years to get started in the profession, though. Some nurses choose to get their start in the field by working as licensed practical nurses or licensed vocational nurses. LVNs and LPNs typically complete yearlong educational programs at nursing trade schools or community colleges and pass state licensing tests. Some LVNs choose to further their education by completing associate's or bachelor's degrees in nursing and becoming registered nurses.

Coursework for nursing education programs varies between classes in theory and practice. Coursework at nursing trade schools can include:

  • Basic and advanced nursing theory and research
  • Organization, delivery and health care policy
  • Pharmacology
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Nursing assessment
  • Nursing leadership

Nurse education programs vary by institution and degree conferred -- usually a diploma or associate's and bachelor's degrees.

Nursing salaries and career outlook

LVNs and LPNs are the lowest-paid nurses, the BLS reports. Still, LPNs earned national median hourly wages of $20.15 in May of 2013, the BLS reports. The top 10 percent took home 27.90 an hour, while the lowest 10 percent earned $15.05.

With their more advanced education, registered nurses command higher wages. RNs earned national median hourly wages of $31.84 in May of 2013, the BLS reports. Nurse midwives earned national median hourly wages of $44.37, while nurse practitioners earned $44.55 an hour.

Growth for nurses of all types is expected to be highest in the country's most densely populated states, but nurses are in high demand in rural parts of the county as well, the BLS reports. Demand is driven primarily by increased need for health care services.

Nurses are the backbone of hospitals and physicians offices. Their scope of work varies by their education and the licenses they hold. Students interested in this growing field can get their careers started by enrolling at nurse vocational, trade and technical schools.

Sources:

Discover Nursing Specialties, Johnson & Johnson, Accessed July 24, 2014, http://www.discovernursing.com/explore-specialties#no-filters

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292061.htm

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/licensed-practical-and-licensed-vocational-nurses.htm

Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives and Nurse Practitioners, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm#tab-1

Nurse Midwives, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291161.htm

Nurse Practitioners, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291171.htm

Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013, http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes291141.htm

Registered Nurses, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, January 8, 2014, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm

RN to BSN Curriculum, Jacksonville University School of Nursing, Accessed July 24, 2014, http://www.jacksonvilleu.com/programs/bachelors-degree/rn-to-bsn-online/curriculum/

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As a student at South University, you will have the opportunity to learn from accomplished faculty members who have real-world experience in the subjects that they teach. Our small class sizes allow you to receive personalized attention from instructors, and the encouragement to recognize your goals for the future and the means to achieve them.

Programs : Nursing (BS), Nursing with a specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN), RN to Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Nurse Administrator (MSN), and more..

Campus Locations :

High Point: 3975 Premier Center Drive High Point, NC 27265

Austin: 7700 W Parmer Ln, Building A, Suite A100 Austin, TX 78729

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

Tampa: 4401 North Himes Ave., Suite 175 Tampa, FL 33614

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education.

Programs : M.S. in Nursing, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, BS in Nursing (RN Required), and more..

Campus Locations :

Online: Online, DE

Phoenix: Phoenix, AP

Lone Tree: 10004 Park Meadows Drive Lone Tree, CO 80124

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

San Antonio: 8200 West Interstate 10 Suite 910 San Antonio, TX 78230

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Fort Lauderdale: 550 W. Cypress Creek Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Fresno: 45 East River Park Place West Suite 101 Fresno, CA 93720

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Miami: 13400 SW 120th Street Miami, FL 33186

Diamond Bar: 1370 S. Valley Vista Dr. Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

San Jose: 3590 N. First St San Jose, CA 95134

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Sacramento: 1760 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100 Sacramento, CA 95833

Costa Mesa: 3150 Bristol Street, Suite 100, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Arlington: 3900 Arlington Highlands Boulevard Suite 237 Arlington, TX 76018

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

Los Angeles: 14320 Firestone Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90038

Killeen: 902 West Central Texas Expressway Suite 300 Killeen, TX 76541

Houston: 11451 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77079

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

San Diego: 3870 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 310 San Diego, CA 92123

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Chula Vista: 2060 Otay Lakes Road Chula Vista, CA 91915

Baton Rouge: 2431 S. Acadian Thruway Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

Palm Desert: 75153 Merle Dr. Palm Desert, CA 92211

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln College of Technology.

Programs : Nursing (RN), Medical Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

West Palm Beach: 2410 Metrocentre Blvd West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Melrose Park: 8317 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160

Marietta: 2359 Windy Hill Road Marietta, GA 30067

Leave that dead-end job behind with training from Everest College.

Programs : Diploma - Nursing, Associate of Applied Science - Medical Assistant, Diploma - Medical Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Henderson: 170 N. Stephanie Street 1st Floor Henderson, NV 89074

Santa Ana: 500 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92703

Los Angeles: 3000 S. Robertson Blvd. Ste. 300 Los Angeles, CA 90034

Vancouver: 120 N.E. 136th Ave Ste. 130 Vancouver, WA 98684

LA Puente: 12801 Crossroads Parkway South LA Puente, CA 91746

Arlington: 2801 E. Division Street Suite 250 Arlington, TX 76011

Everett: 906 SE Everett Mall Way Suite 600 Everett, WA 98208

Woodbridge: 14555 Potomac Mills Road Woodbridge, VA 22192

Alhambra: 2215 W. Mission Road Alhambra, CA 91803

Reseda: 18040 Sherman Way Ste. 400 Reseda, CA 91335

Torrance: 1231 Cabrillo Avenue Ste. 201 Torrance, CA 90501

Gardena: 1045 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Suite 275 Gardena, CA 90247

Chesapeake: 825 Greenbier Circle #100 Suite 100 Chesapeake, VA 23320

Denver: 9065 Grant St. Denver, CO 80229

Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Bremerton: 155 Washington Avenue Suite 200 Bremerton, WA 98337

Colorado Springs: 1815 Jet Wing Drive Colorado Springs, CO 80916

Newport News: 803 Diligence Dr. Newport News, VA 23606

San Bernardino: 217 E. Club Center Drive Suite A San Bernardino, CA 92408

Anaheim: 511 North Brookhurst Suite 300 Anaheim, CA 92801

Kansas City: 1740 W. 92nd Street Kansas City, MO 64114

Atlanta: 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW Atlanta, GA 30331

Dallas: 6060 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75206

Ontario: 1460 S. Millikin Avenue Ontario, CA 91761

Tacoma: 2156 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402

Springfield: 1010 West Sunshine Springfield, MO 65807

Seattle: 2111 N. Northgate Way Suite 218 Seattle, WA 98133

Aurora: 14280 E. Jewell Ave. Ste 100 Aurora, CO 80012

Renton: 981 Powell Ave. SW Ste. 200 Renton, WA 98057

San Francisco: 814 Mission Street Ste. 500 San Francisco, CA 94103

Start a great career in healthcare with Medical Careers Institute.

Programs : Practical Nursing - Diploma, Nursing (RN), Medical Assisting - Associate, and more..

Campus Locations :

Newport News: 1001 Omni Boulevard Suite #200 Newport News, VA 23606

Keiser University offers degrees in fields that are in demand and provides job placement assistance to all its students and alumni.

Programs : Nursing, BS (Online Only), Nursing , MS, Nursing, MS (Online Only), and more..

Campus Locations :

Fort Myers: 9100 Forum Corporate Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33905

Tampa: 5002 West Waters Ave Tampa, FL 33634

Sarasota: 6151 Lake Osprey Drive Sarasota, FL 34240

Tallahassee: 1700 Halstead Blvd Bldg. 2 Tallahassee, FL 32309

Jacksonville: 6700 Southpoint Parkway, Suite 400 Jacksonville, FL 32216

Port Saint Lucie: 10330 South U.S. 1 Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Pembroke Pines: 1640 SW 145 Avenue Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

Orlando: 5600 Lake Underhill Road Orlando, FL 32807

Daytona Beach: 1800 Business Park Blvd Daytona Beach, FL 32114

West Palm Beach: 2085 Vista Parkway West Palm Beach, FL 33411

Are you interested in pursuing a high-tech career? Getting an education from ITT Tech is a great place to start!

Programs : AS - Nursing, BS - Nursing, AS - Medical Assisting and Administration, and more..

Campus Locations :

: 9511 Angola Court , IN 46268

Phoenix: 4837 East McDowell Road Phoenix, AZ 85008

Salem: 2159 Apperson Drive Salem, VA 24153

Jacksonville: 7011 A.C. Skinner Parkway, Suite 140 Jacksonville, FL 32256

Mobile: Office Mall South - 3100 Cottage Hill Rd., Bldg. 3 Mobile, AL 36606

Miami: 7955 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33126

Portland: 9500 NE Cascades Parkway Portland, OR 97220

Albuquerque: 5100 Masthead Street NE Albuquerque, NM 87109

Richardson: 2101 Waterview Parkway Richardson, TX 75080

Youngstown: 1030 North Meridian Road Youngstown, OH 44509

Hilliard: 3781 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, OH 43026

Nashville: 2845 Elm Hill Pike Nashville, TN 37214

High Point: 4050 Piedmont Parkway, Suite 110 High Point, NC 27265

Newburgh: 10999 Stahl Road Newburgh, IN 47630

South Bend: 17390 Dugdale Drive, Suite 100 South Bend, IN 46635

Dayton: 3325 Stop 8 Road Dayton, OH 45414

Louisville: 10509 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223

Orland Park: 11551 184th Place Orland Park, IL 60467

Concord: 1140 Galaxy Way, Suite 400 Concord, CA 94520

Indianapolis: 2525 N. Shadeland Ave., Ste 103 Indianapolis, IN 46219

Norfolk: 863 Glenrock Road Norfolk, VA 23502

Lake Mary: 1400 International Pkwy South Lake Mary, FL 32746

Fort Wayne: 2810 Dupont Commerce Court Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Madison: 9238 Madison Blvd., Suite 500 Madison, AL 35758

Canton: 1905 S Haggerty Rd Canton, MI 48188

Huntington: 5183 US Route 60, Building 1, Suite 40 Huntington, WV 25705

Earth City: 3640 Corporate Trail Drive Earth City, MO 63045

Akron: 3428 W. Market Street Akron, OH 44333

Rancho Cordova: 10863 Gold Center Drive Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Tallahassee: 2639 N. Monroe Street, Bldg. A, Suite 100 Tallahassee, FL 32303

Bessemer: 6270 Park South Drive Bessemer, AL 35022

Oklahoma City: 50 Penn Place Suite 305 Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Omaha: 9814 M Street Omaha, NE 68127

Strongsville: 14955 Sprague Road Strongsville, OH 44136

Norwood: 4750 Wesley Avenue Norwood, OH 45212

Tulsa: 4943 South 78th East Avenue Tulsa, OK 74145

Saint Petersburg: 877 Executive Center Drive W,Suite 100 Saint Petersburg, FL 33702

Southfield: 26700 Lahser Road, Suite 100 Southfield, MI 48033

Lexington: 2473 Fortune Dr. Suite 180 Lexington, KY 40509

Wichita: One Brittany Place, Suite 100 - 2024 N. Woodlawn Wichita, KS 67208

Fort Lauderdale: 3401 South University Drive Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328

Richmond: 300 Gateway Centre Parkway Richmond, VA 23235

Springfield: 7300 Boston Blvd Springfield, VA 22153

Tampa: 4809 Memorial Highway Tampa, FL 33634

Warrensville Heights: 4700 Richmond Rd Warrensville Heights, OH 44128

Chantilly: 14420 Albemarle Point Place Chantilly, VA 20151

At Fortis Institute, you may get the skills and training you need to prepare for a career. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information

Programs : Associate of Science in Nursing, Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, and more..

Campus Locations :

Largo: 6565 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771

Salt Lake City: 3949 South 700 East Salt Lake City, UT 84107

Westerville: 4151 Executive Parkway, Suite 240 Westerville, OH 43081

Port Saint Lucie: 9022 South US Highway 1 Port St. Lucie Port Saint Lucie, FL 34952

Indianapolis: 9001 N. Wesleyan Road Suite 101 Indianapolis, IN 46268

Miami: 19600 South Dixie Highway, Suite B Cutler Bay Miami, FL 33157

Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Dayton: 555 E. Alex-Bell Road Dayton, OH 45459

Pensacola: 4081 East Olive Road Suite B Pensacola, FL 32514

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

Scranton: 517 Ash Street Scranton, PA 18509

Phoenix: 555 North 18th Street Ste. 110 Phoenix, AZ 85006

Ravenna: 653 Enterprise Parkway Ravenna, OH 44266

Hyattsville: 4351 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, MD 20785

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Baton Rouge: 9255 Interline Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

Lawrence Township: 2572 Brunswick Pike Suite 100 Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

Grand Prairie: 401 E. Palace Parkway Suite 100 Grand Prairie, TX 75050

Windsor Mill: 6901 Security Blvd. Windsor Mill, MD 21244

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

Mobile: 3590 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36609

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Norfolk: 6300 Center Drive, Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23502

Montgomery: 3736 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109

Houston: 6220 Westpark Dr. Suite 180 Houston, TX 77057

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

FORT LAUDERDALE: 4850 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Suite 200 FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33313

West Palm Beach: West Palm Beach West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

Programs : Practical Nursing, Medical Assistant, and more..

Campus Locations :

Kittery: 275 US Route 1 Kittery, ME 03904

South Portland: 207 Gannet Drive South Portland, ME 04106

West Covina: 1400 West Covina Parkway 2nd/3rd Floors West Covina, CA 91790

Fairfield: College of Medical Arts 1652 West Texas Street #15 Fairfield, CA 94533

New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.

Programs : Associate in Science Degree in Nursing, Associate in Science in Clinical Medical Assistant Technology, and more..

Campus Locations :

East Greenwich: One New England Tech Boulevard East Greenwich, RI 02818

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