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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 :

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

Montgomery: 3470 Eastdale Circle Montgomery, AL 36117

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

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

Cincinnati: 11499 Chester Road Suite 200 Cincinnati, OH 45246

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

Cuyahoga Falls: 2545 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

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

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

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

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

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

Erie: 5757 West 26th Street Erie, PA 16506

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

Towson: 700 York Road Towson, MD 21204

Kingston: 166 Slocum Street Kingston, PA 18704

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

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

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

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

Mobile: 3590 Pleasant Valley Road Mobile, AL 36609

Hyattsville: 4351 Garden City Drive Hyattsville, MD 20785

Columbia: 246 Stoneridge Drive Suite 101 Columbia, SC 29210

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

Wayne: 201 Willowbrook Blvd. Wayne, NJ 07470

Orange Park: 560 Wells Road Orange Park, FL 32073

Foley: 200 East Laurel Ave Foley, AL 36535

Dothan: 200 Vulcan Way Dothan, AL 36303

Smyrna: 21088 Cobb Parkway Smyrna, GA 30080

Birmingham: 100 London Parkway Birmingham, AL 35211

Cookeville: 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501

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 :

Springfield: 7300 Boston Blvd Springfield, VA 22153

Hilliard: 3781 Park Mill Run Drive Hilliard, OH 43026

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

Chantilly: 14420 Albemarle Point Place Chantilly, VA 20151

Canton: 1905 S Haggerty Rd Canton, MI 48188

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

Cincinnati: 4750 Wesley Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45212

Akron: 3428 W. Market Street Akron, OH 44333

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

Norfolk: 863 Glenrock Road Norfolk, VA 23502

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

Richardson: 2101 Waterview Parkway Richardson, TX 75080

Tampa: 4809 Memorial Highway Tampa, FL 33634

Cleveland: 4700 Richmond Rd Cleveland, OH 44128

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

Strongsville: 14955 Sprague Road Strongsville, OH 44136

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

Louisville: 10509 Timberwood Circle Louisville, KY 40223

Dayton: 3325 Stop 8 Road Dayton, OH 45414

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

Youngstown: 1030 North Meridian Road Youngstown, OH 44509

Miami: 7955 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33126

Richmond: 300 Gateway Centre Parkway Richmond, VA 23235

Salem: 2159 Apperson Drive Salem, VA 24153

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, M.S. in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems (Bridge), Doctor of Nursing Practice, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

If you’re ready to move to the next level in your career, Averett University can help.

Programs : Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and more.

Campus Locations : Online

Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

Programs : Doctor of Nurse Practice, Nurse Educator (PGC), Nursing (RN to BSN), 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

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

Campus Locations :

Columbia: 9 Science Court Columbia, SC 29203

Virginia Beach: 301 Bendix Road, Suite 100 Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Montgomery: 5355 Vaughn Road Montgomery, AL 36116

Glen Allen: 2200 Old Brick Rd. Glen Allen, VA 23060

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

Novi: 41555 Twelve Mile Road Novi, MI 48377

West Palm Beach: University Centre, 9801 Belvedere Road West Palm Beach, FL 33411

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

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

Cleveland: 4743 Richmond Road Cleveland, OH 44128

Savannah: 709 Mall Road Savannah, GA 31406

Get allied health training with Ross Medical Education Center.

Programs : Medical Assistant, and more.

Campus Locations :

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

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

Brighton: 8110 Murphy Drive Brighton, MI 48116

Grand Rapids: 4528 Breton SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Granger: 445 E. University Drive Granger, IN 46530

Morgantown: 1064 Suncrest Towne Centre Drive Morgantown, WV 26505

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

Muncie: 411 West Riggin Muncie, IN 47303

Davison: 815 South State Street Davison, MI 48423

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

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

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

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

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

Canton: 44958 Ford Road Canton, MI 48187

Madison Heights: 29429 John R Madison Heights, MI 48071

Evansville: 227 N Green River Rd Evansville, IN 47715

Ann Arbor: 4741 Washtenaw Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Taylor: 22311 Eureka Road Taylor, MI 48180

Dayton: 4490 Brandt Pike Dayton, OH 45424

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

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

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

Mansfield: 2150 West 4TH Street Mansfield, OH 44906

Portage: 6235 South Westnedge Portage, MI 49002

Flint: G3630 Miller Rd Suite D Flint, MI 48507

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

Owensboro: 410 Southtown Blvd Suite 6 Owensboro, KS 42303

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

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

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 :

Cleveland: 14445 Broadway Avenue Cleveland, OH 44125

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

Houston: 11310 Greens Crossing Houston, TX 77067

Shreveport: 2106 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, LA 71118

Mobile: 828 Downtowner Loop West Mobile, AL 36609

Nashville: 441 Donelson Pike Nashville, TN 37214

Honolulu: 1111 Bishop Street Suite 400 Honolulu, HI 96813

Columbia: 607 Bush River Road Columbia, SC 29210

Memphis: 2710 Nonconnah Blvd. Memphis, TN 38132

Lafayette: 303 Rue Louis XIV Lafayette, LA 70508

Garland: 1800 Eastgate Drive Garland, TX 75041

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 :

Stow: 3855 Fishcreek Rd Stow, OH 44224

Wickliffe: 27557 Chardon Rd Wickliffe, OH 44092

Canton: 4736 Dressler Rd NW Canton, OH 44718

Florence: 8095 Connector Dr Florence, KY 41042

Youngstown: 3487 Belmont Ave Youngstown, OH 44505

Indianapolis: 6060 Castleway West Dr Indianapolis, IN 46250

Columbus: 5665 Forest Hills Blvd Columbus, OH 43231

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

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

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