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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.

Nursing

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.

CareerAnnual Median WageProjected Employment ChangeProjected 2012-2022 Growth
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers325902,40013.6
Automotive and Watercraft Service Attendants2090019,80018.1
Automotive Body and Related Repairers4032020,40013.3
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics3712060,4008.6
*This data is sourced from the 2013 BLS employment report (BLS.gov)

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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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 Please call on  844-252-4552 to talk to a respresentative.

Programs : Associate Degree in Nursing, Practical Nursing, PN RN Associate Degree Bridge Program, and more.

Campus Locations :

Cincinnati: 11499 Chester Road Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45246

Nashville: 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr. 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr. Nashville, TN 37211

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

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

Scranton: 517 Ash Street Scranton, PA 18509

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

Ravenna: 653 Enterprise Parkway Ravenna, OH 44266

Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

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

Richmond: 2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A Richmond, VA 23230

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

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

Hyattsville: 4351 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, MD 20785

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

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

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

Montgomery: 3736 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

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

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

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

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

Cookeville: 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501

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

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

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

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Mobile: 3590 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36609

Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln Tech.

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

Campus Locations :

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

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Philadelphia: 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

New Britain: 200 John Downey Drive New Britain, CT 06051

Shelton: 8 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Lincoln: Lincoln Mall 622 George Washington Highway Lincoln, RI 02865

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

Brockton: 375 Westgate Drive Brockton, MA 02301

Since 1949, Grand Canyon University has been a premier private university in Arizona, helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential.

Programs : M.S. in Nursing: Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with an Emphasis in Adult-Gerontology, Doctor of Nursing Practice, B.S. in Nursing (Registered Nurse - R.N. to B.S.N), and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.

Programs : DNP - BSN-to-DNP (CCNE-accredited), MBA - MSN-to-MBA Business Administration, MSN - Nursing, General (CCNE-accredited), and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Get allied health training with Ross Medical Education Center.

Programs : Medical Assistant, and more.

Campus Locations :

Flint: G3630 Miller Rd Suite D Flint, MI 48507

New Baltimore: 51133 Birch Street Suite 100 New Baltimore, MI 48047

Johnson City: 3021 E. Oakland Ave. Johnson City, TN 37601

Charleston: 5707 MacCorkle Ave, SE, Suite 20 Charleston, WV 25304

Evansville: 227 N Green River Rd Evansville, IN 47715

Saginaw: 4300 Fashion Square Blvd. Suite 202 Saginaw, MI 48603

Grand Rapids: 4528 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Portage: 6235 South Westnedge Portage, MI 49002

Taylor: 22311 Eureka Road Taylor, MI 48180

Brighton: 8110 Murphy Drive Brighton, MI 48116

Madison Heights: 29429 John R Madison Heights, MI 48071

Morgantown: 1064 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive Morgantown, WV 26505

Davison: 815 South State Street Davison, MI 48423

Fort Wayne: 4122 Lima Road Unit A5 Fort Wayne, IN 46805

Cincinnati: 11590 Century Blvd., Ste. 210 Cincinnati, OH 45246

Niles: 5555 Youngstown-Warren Rd Unit 909 Niles, OH 44446

Erlanger: 600 Rodeo Drive, Ste. 2 Erlanger, KY 41018

Canton: 44958 Ford Road Canton, MI 48187

Owensboro: 410 Southtown Blvd Suite 6 Owensboro, KS 42303

Mansfield: 2150 West 4TH Street Mansfield, OH 44906

Dayton: 4490 Brandt Pike Dayton, OH 45424

Lansing: 4106 W. Saginaw Hwy. Lansing, MI 48917

Muskegon: 950 W. Norton Ave Suite D Muskegon, MI 49441

Ann Arbor: 4741 Washtenaw Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Huntsville: 930 Old Monrovia Road, NW, NW, Suite 12, Huntsville, AL 35806

Muncie: 411 West Riggin Muncie, IN 47303

Bowling Green: 1751 Scottsville Road, Suite 1 Bowling Green, KY 42104

Port Huron: 2887 Krafft Road Suite 700 Port Huron, MI 48060

Granger: 445 E. University Drive Granger, IN 46530

Sylvania: 5834 Monroe Street Suite F - J Sylvania, OH 43560

Founded in 1886, American National University (ANU) is dedicated to the training and education of men and women for a full life and a successful career in a number of fields in Business & Health care.

Programs : Medical Assisting - Associate, and more.

Campus Locations :

South Bend: 1030 East Jefferson Blvd South Bend, IN 46617

Canton: 4736 Dressler Rd NW Canton, OH 44718

Youngstown: 3487 Belmont Ave Youngstown, OH 44505

Wickliffe: 27557 Chardon Rd Wickliffe, OH 44092

Columbus: 5665 Forest Hills Blvd Columbus, OH 43231

Florence: 8095 Connector Dr Florence, KY 41042

Stow: 3855 Fishcreek Rd Stow, OH 44224

Indianapolis: 6060 Castleway West Dr Indianapolis, IN 46250

Fort Wayne: 6131 North Clinton St Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Get hands-on training with Remington College. Prefer to speak with a Customer Service Rep? Call 855-264-3155 toll-free now!

Programs : AAS in Clinical Medical Assisting, Diploma in Medical Assisting, and more.

Campus Locations :

Columbia: 607 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29210

Houston: 11310 Greens Crossing Houston, TX 77067

Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

Lafayette: 303 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette, LA 70508

Honolulu: 1111 Bishop Street Suite 400 Honolulu, HI 96813

Mobile: 828 Downtowner Loop West Mobile, AL 36609

Shreveport: 2106 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71118

Nashville: 441 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214

Fort Worth: 300 East Loop 820 Fort Worth, TX 76112

Memphis: 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Memphis, TN 38132

Cleveland: 14445 Broadway Avenue Cleveland, OH 44125

Take a step forward in your career with Bryan University.

Programs : Medical Assistant, and more.

Campus Locations :

Topeka: 1527 S.W. Fairlawn Rd. Topeka, KS 66604

Springfield: 4255 Nature Center Way Springfield, MO 65806

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education. University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org).

Programs : Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Education, Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration/Project Management, Master of Science in Nursing/Nurse Administration, and more.

Campus Locations :

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

Phoenix: 4635 E. Elwood Street Phoenix, AZ 85040

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

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

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

Beale AFB: 17849 16 Street Beale AFB, CA 95903

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

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

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

Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

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

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

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

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

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

Lancaster: 1202 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

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

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

Tucson: 555 E. River Road Tucson, AZ 85704

Houston: 11451 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77079

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

Colorado Springs: 5725 Mark Dabling Boulevard Suite 150 Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

El Centro: 3095 N. Imperial Avenue Suite 101 El Centro, CA 92243

San Bernardino: 451 E. Vanderbilt Way Suite 100 San Bernardino, CA 92408

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

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

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Miami: 11410 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33172

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

Programs : Nurse Aide Certification Course, AAS in Medical Assistant, Certificate in Medical Assistant, and more.

Campus Locations :

Dover: 1 West Blackwell Street Dover, NJ 07801

Clifton: 600 Getty Avenue Clifton, NJ 07011

Newark: 536 Broad Street Newark, NJ 07102

Woodbridge: 430 Rahway Avenue Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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