Alabama colleges are ready to prepare you for a lucrative career as a licensed practical or registered nurse. Nurses are needed in hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and skilled-nursing facilities. You'll have many job options to choose from. Nurses provide care for patients by assessing them, administering medications as ordered by their doctor and by providing patient education. This profession focuses on preventative care and teach patients how to make healthy life-style choices to stay well. You will also have many opportunities for career advancement. Many continue to education to attain a Bachelor of Science or Masters of Science degree.
In the state of Alabama, students who have a career goal of becoming a nurse must attend a program approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing and pass the NECLEX exam. Courses are offered in community colleges and in universities. There are Associate in Science degree programs which is completed in two years and Bachelor of Science degree which are completed in four years. Many universities also offer graduate and doctorate studies.
National Council of Lisencure Exam (NCLEX) is the exam LPN and RN students must sit for after successfully completing and passing their nursing program. Licenses are issued to nurses upon successfully passing this exam. After graduating, students must register online for the NCLEX exam and provide necessary documents for the Alabama Board of Nursing; and a $200 fee has to be sent to Pearson Vue. Afterwards an acknowledgement receipt will be sent from Peason Vue. After receiving an edibility to test from the Board of Nursing and an Authorization to Test Letter from Pearson Vue; students must test within the validity dates offered. No extensions are allowed. Test dates are scheduled by the internet. Your local town office can also help show you how to find nursing schools in your area.