January 15, 2019

FAQs for Future Nursing Majors

Q. What kind of career can I have in nursing?

A. There are all sorts of nursing careers based on the level of education you have in nursing. School nursing, at-home care, geriatrics, pediatrics and oncology are just a few areas you could go into. No matter which area you go into, this career requires someone who is willing to do a lot of hands on work and is good with patients.  

Q. How much education will I need?

A. There are various pathways to becoming a nurse. For instance, you could become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) upon graduating high school and CNA training. In Wisconsin, to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) you will need to complete two years of schooling. In order to become a Registered Nurse (RN) you will need to complete a bachelor's in nursing. If you decide to do even more schooling, you could go on to be a Nurse Practitioner.  

Q. What kind of classes will I take?

A. Nursing requires a great amount of science courses including anatomy, physiology, biology and chemistry. Through our Professional Health Pathways program, some of the courses you can expect to take are CHE 112: Foundations of Chemistry, BIO 121: Foundations of Biological Sciences l, and CHE 352: Organic Chemistry Laboratory. All of these courses will get you prepared for a career in nursing. 

Q. What will my anticipated salary be?

A. The national average salary for a CNA is $26,590 annually. With more schooling and certification, a nurse's salary increases. For instance, the national average salary for LPNs is $44,090 whereas an RN is anticipated to make $68,450 annually. If you go onto becoming a nurse practitioner, you can anticipate to make around $107,460 a year.  

Q. Is there a high demand for nurses?

A. As the baby boomer generation ages, the demand for nurses and other medical professions will continue to increase. From now until 2026, the job growth rate for nursing is expected to be higher than average with CNAs at 11%, LPNs at 12%, RNs at %15 and Nurse Practitioners at 31%.  

Q. How can UW Colleges Online help me get there?

A. One way to start your career in nursing is to earn an associate’s degree first. Through UW Colleges Online, you can earn credits that can later be transferred to a 4-year school. Through our guaranteed transfer program, you’ll be able to transfer to another UW System institution as a junior. There, you will be able to finish your bachelor’s degree and go on to a career in nursing.  

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