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If you are considering becoming a nurse, there are several different courses of study you can select from. One of the deciding factors for most people, however, is what kind of job you will come out with when you finish your degree. Use this guide to help you figure out what kind of degree is right for you.
LVN/LPN – if you choose to become a licensed practical nurse, you are not an RN but work under the supervision of an RN or physician. You can get a job in a hospital or other medical facility as an LVN/LPN
ADN – An associate degree nurse becomes an RN, and can work wherever an RN can work – in a hospital, doctor's office, or other medical facility. However, an ADN can expect to be passed over for career advancement by RNs who have completed their bachelor's degree
BSN – a bachelor of science in nursing is often considered the minimum requirement to become an RN. If you earn a BSN and pass your license, you are a full-fledged RN and can be expected to advance in your career, if that is your wish
MSN – a Master of Science in Nursing degree will allow you to move into hospital or nursing administration, or nursing education. It is a worthwhile degree for those who wish to advance up the nursing career ladder