The Journey to Nursing

Compassionate. Sharp. In your corner. Everyone has benefited from the incomparable care that comes from a nurse. Nurses can work under pressure, help patients with the treatment they require, and think critically about complex problems. But becoming a nurse and practicing nursing is not a one-way street. There are many paths you can take toward the highly in-demand career.

First, you need to obtain your credentials.
This comes with coursework and then licensure.


To become a nurse, you have a few education options ranging in program length and each with their own benefits. After obtaining your high school diploma or equivalent (such as a GED), you can pursue a nursing diploma program or bachelor’s degree in nursing.

A Bachelor’s in Nursing (BSN) is the most preferred of nursing employers (82.4% have a strong preference for a BSN) and 41.1% of hospitals actually require one.1


Once you’ve fulfilled education requirements, you’ll need to pass the RN test and obtain licensure in your state.3

Carlow's BSN grads pass NCLEX on their first try at a rate that exceeds state and national averages.


Once you’re a registered nurse, you can choose your adventure. What’s next for you? Do you want to specialize in a particular area or pursue management opportunities? Nursing has a number of advanced degrees and specialities. Or, are you ready to dive right in and get to work?

Career Path

Start Your Adventure

Carlow’s nursing degree programs were created with you in mind. Starting with our BSN programs whether you take a traditional 4-year path that leads to a BSN or the second-degree BSN, a 15-month program after perquisites are complete to earn your BSN as a second bachelor’s degree. Carlow also offers advanced master’s of science in nursing and doctor of nursing practice degrees for deepening your specialization and opportunities for leadership. All of Carlow’s programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.


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