What Are the Stages of a Nursing Degree?


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The different stages of nursing degrees are, in order, an associate degree in nursing, a bachelor's of science degree in nursing, a master's of science degree in nursing and a doctoral degree in nursing. An associate degree in nursing is the minimum degree required to become a registered nurse.

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Although an associate degree in nursing is the minimum, many hospitals require a bachelor's degree to work as a registered nurse. A master's degree in nursing is usually required to become a nurse practitioner. Doctoral degrees in nursing are the highest degree possible. A nurse with a doctoral degree can be a doctor of nursing practice or a doctor of nursing science.

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