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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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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 :

Phoenix: 4635 E. Elwood Street Phoenix, AZ 85040

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

San Diego: 3890 Murphy Canyon Road Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92123

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

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

Houston: 11451 Katy Freeway Suite 100 Houston, TX 77079

Murrieta: 25240 Hancock Avenue Murrieta, CA 92562

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

Ontario: 3110 E. Guasti Road Ontario, CA 91761

Gardena: 1515 W. 190th Gardena, CA 90248

Westminster: 8700 Turnpike Drive Westminster, CO 80030

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

Lancaster: 1202 W. Avenue J Lancaster, CA 93534

Oakland: 1200 Clay Street Oakland, CA 94612

Woodland Hills: 5955 DeSoto Ave Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Bakersfield: 4900 California Ave. Bakersfield, CA 93309

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

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

Kapolei: Kapolei Building 1001 Kamokila Blvd Kapolei, HI 96707

Spring: 24624 Interstate 45 Spring, TX 77386

Jacksonville: 4500 Salisbury Road Suite 200 Jacksonville, FL 32216

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

Pasadena: 299 N. Euclid Avenue Pasadena, CA 91101

Dallas: 12400 Coit Road Suite 200 Dallas, TX 75251

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

Miami: 11410 NW 20th Street Miami, FL 33172

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

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

Fairfield: 5253 Business Center Drive Fairfield, CA 94534

Tucson: 300 South Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ 85711

Visalia: 301 East Acequia Ave Visalia, CA 93291

Livermore: 2481 Constitution Drive Livermore, CA 94551

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

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

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive San Marcos, CA 92069

Campus & Online

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 :

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

Cincinnati: 11499 Chester Road Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45246

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

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

Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Westerville: 4151 Executive Parkway Westerville, OH 43081

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cookeville: 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

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

Houston: 450 N.Sam Houston Parkway Houston, TX 77060

Montgomery: 3736 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

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

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

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

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

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

Hyattsville: 4351 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, MD 20785

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

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 :

Mount Laurel: 1000 Howard Boulevard Mount Laurel, NJ 08054

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

Shelton: 8 Progress Drive Shelton, CT 06484

Allentown: 5151 Tilghman Street Allentown, PA 18104

Philadelphia: 2180 Hornig Road Philadelphia, PA 19116

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

Paramus: 160 E. Route 4 Paramus, NJ 07652

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

Somerville: 5 Middlesex Ave Somerville, MA 02145

Lowell: 211 Plain Street Lowell, MA 01852

Brockton: 375 Westgate Drive Brockton, MA 02301

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

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

Campus Locations :

Cleveland: 4700 Richmond Rd Cleveland, OH 44128

Louisville: 10509 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223

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

Canton: 1905 S Haggerty Rd Canton, MI 48188

Youngstown: 1030 North Meridian Road Youngstown, OH 44509

Akron: 3428 W. Market Street Akron, OH 44333

Richardson: 2101 Waterview Parkway Richardson, TX 75080

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

Dayton: 3325 Stop 8 Road Dayton, OH 45414

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

Miami: 7955 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33126

Chantilly: 14420 Albemarle Point Place Chantilly, VA 20151

Springfield: 7300 Boston Blvd Springfield, VA 22153

Richmond: 300 Gateway Centre Parkway Richmond, VA 23235

Salem: 2159 Apperson Drive Salem, VA 24153

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

Hilliard: 3781 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, OH 43026

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

Cincinnati: 4750 Wesley Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45212

Norfolk: 863 Glenrock Road Norfolk, VA 23502

Strongsville: 14955 Sprague Road Strongsville, OH 44136

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

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

Tampa: 4809 Memorial Highway Tampa, FL 33634

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 - Care Coordination (CCNE-accredited), and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Get allied health training with Ross Medical Education Center.

Programs : Medical Assistant, and more.

Campus Locations :

Mansfield: 2150 West 4TH Street Mansfield, OH 44906

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

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

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

Evansville: 227 N Green River Rd Evansville, IN 47715

Canton: 44958 Ford Road Canton, MI 48187

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

Flint: G3630 Miller Rd Suite D Flint, MI 48507

Davison: 815 South State Street Davison, MI 48423

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

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

Granger: 445 E. University Drive Granger, IN 46530

Portage: 6235 South Westnedge Portage, MI 49002

Muncie: 411 West Riggin Muncie, IN 47303

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

Madison Heights: 29429 John R Madison Heights, MI 48071

Ann Arbor: 4741 Washtenaw Ann Arbor, MI 48108

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

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

Brighton: 8110 Murphy Drive Brighton, MI 48116

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

Owensboro: 410 Southtown Blvd Suite 6 Owensboro, KS 42303

Taylor: 22311 Eureka Road Taylor, MI 48180

Dayton: 4490 Brandt Pike Dayton, OH 45424

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

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

Morgantown: 1064 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive Morgantown, WV 26505

Grand Rapids: 4528 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508

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

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

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 :

Columbus: 5665 Forest Hills Blvd Columbus, OH 43231

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

Canton: 4736 Dressler Rd NW Canton, OH 44718

Indianapolis: 6060 Castleway West Dr Indianapolis, IN 46250

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

Youngstown: 3487 Belmont Ave Youngstown, OH 44505

Stow: 3855 Fishcreek Rd Stow, OH 44224

Wickliffe: 27557 Chardon Rd Wickliffe, OH 44092

Florence: 8095 Connector Dr Florence, KY 41042

Take a step forward in your career with Bryan University.

Programs : Medical Assistant, and more.

Campus Locations :

Springfield: 4255 Nature Center Way Springfield, MO 65806

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

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 :

Honolulu: 1111 Bishop Street Suite 400 Honolulu, HI 96813

Houston: 11310 Greens Crossing Houston, TX 77067

Cleveland: 14445 Broadway Avenue Cleveland, OH 44125

Columbia: 607 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29210

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

Lafayette: 303 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette, LA 70508

Mobile: 828 Downtowner Loop West Mobile, AL 36609

Memphis: 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Memphis, TN 38132

Shreveport: 2106 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71118

Nashville: 441 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214

Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

Founded in 1886, National College 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, Tech and Health Care

Programs : Medical Assisting - Associate, and more.

Campus Locations :

Madison: 900 Madison Square Madison, TN 37115

Nashville: 1638 Bell Rd Nashville, TN 37211

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