A good option for becoming a nurse without having to devote four years to a BSN degree is to become a LPN/LVN, a licensed practical or licensed vocational nurse. You can enter into a LPN/LVN program directly out of high school, or you can choose to go back to earn your license. Here are typical prerequisites for applicants to a LPN/LVN program:
• High school graduate or GED equivalency
• Prerequisite courses such as basic math and basic composition. You will usually need to complete these with a 2.0 GPA/4.0 or higher
• Transcripts from your high school or other colleges attended
• Any relevant assessment scores required by the school You can usually complete the LPN/LVN program in about a year, and then take your certification test and receive your license. Many programs are also flexible, allowing you to study at night or on weekends to allow you to keep working, if necessary.