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How long does it take to become a nurse?

There is more than one way to become a nurse. There are two-year programs at community colleges and four-year programs at state schools.

Most of these programs require certain classes in order to enter the program (called pre-requisites), if you don’t have them already, you’ll have to take them first. A college counselor can help you plan your schedule.

High school students can get a jump-start on college by taking 2-4 years of:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Computer Science

Guidance counselors are there to help, so ask for their assistance.