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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

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

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

Get your career started with Intercoast Colleges.

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

Campus Locations :

Kittery: 275 US Route 1 Kittery, ME 03904

South Portland: 207 Gannet Drive South Portland, ME 04106

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

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

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, GA

Phoenix: Phoenix, AP

Honolulu: 745 Fort Street Suite 2000 Honolulu, HI 96813

Salida: 5330 Pirrone Road Salida, CA 95368

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

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

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Miami: 11410 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33172

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

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

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

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

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

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Mesa: 1620 South Stapley Drive Mesa, AZ 85204

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

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

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Houston: 4888 Loop Central Drive Houston, TX 77081

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

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

Lancaster: 1220 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

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

Independence: 5005 Rockside Road Suite 130 Independence, OH 44131

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

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

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

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

Southfield: 26261 Evergreen Road Southfield, MI 48076

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Hollywood: 2400 SW 145th Avenue Hollywood, FL 33027

Costa Mesa: 3100 Bristol Street Suite 500 Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Lathrop: 17000 S. Harlan Road Lathrop, CA 95330

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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

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

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

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

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

Springfield: 1010 West Sunshine Springfield, MO 65807

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

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

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

Anaheim: 511 North Brookhurst Suite 300 Anaheim, CA 92801

Ontario: 1460 S. Millikin Avenue Ontario, CA 91761

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

Portland: 425 SW Washington Street Portland, OR 97204

Denver: 9065 Grant St. Denver, CO 80229

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

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

Tacoma: 2156 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, WA 98402

Bremerton: 155 Washington Avenue Suite 200 Bremerton, WA 98337

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dallas: 6060 N. Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75206

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

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

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

Alhambra: 2215 W. Mission Road Alhambra, CA 91803

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

Woodbridge: 14555 Potomac Mills Road Woodbridge, VA 22192

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

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

Atlanta: 2841 Greenbriar Parkway SW Atlanta, GA 30331

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

Greenville: 1001 Keys Drive #100 Greenville, SC 29615

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

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

Campus Locations :

Casselberry: 7275 Estapona Circle Casselberry, FL 32730

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

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

Edison: 1697 Oak Tree Road Edison, NJ 08820

Philadelphia: 3600 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

Shelton: 8 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484

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

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

Brockton: 375 Westgate Drive Brockton, MA 02301

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

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

Marietta: 2359 Windy Hill Road Marietta, GA 30067

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

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..

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

Lakeland: 2400 Interstate Drive Lakeland, FL 33805

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

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

Flexible career learning to fit your busy lifestyle - National American University.

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Kansas City: 7490 NW 87th Street Kansas City, MO 64153

Sioux Falls: 5801 South Corporate Place Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Independence: 3620 Arrowhead Avenue Independence, MO 64057

Austin: 6800 West Gate Blvd. #101 Austin, TX 78745

Overland Park: 10310 Mastin Overland Park, KS 66212

Littleton: 8242 S. University Blvd. Ste. 100 Littleton, CO 80122

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

Campus Locations :

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

Largo: 6565 Ulmerton Road Largo, FL 33771

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

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

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

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

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

Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Ravenna: 653 Enterprise Parkway Ravenna, OH 44266

Scranton: 517 Ash Street Scranton, PA 18509

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

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

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

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

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

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

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Montgomery: 3736 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Hyattsville: 4351 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, MD 20785

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

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

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

Mobile: 3590 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36609

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

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

Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

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