Nursing welcomes career changers. If you presently hold a non-nursing college degree, and now want to become a nurse, consider a Graduate Entry or Direct Entry Program. These are master's level nursing programs, 2-3 years in duration. Upon graduation, you will hold a master's degree in nursing, and depending on the specific program, be eligible to sit for the Nurse Practitioner exam. Please note each school has its own specific admission and degree requirements. Regardless of which program you choose, before graduation you must also pass the NCLEX-RN to become a registered nurse. There are many different areas of specialization from which to choose - pediatrics, gerontology, women's health, and nursing administration to name just a few.
Visit the MCN Frequently Asked Questions to read more about nursing as a second career. The MCN Nursing Resources Database offers links to a wide variety of national and international organizations, associations, and career development programs for nurses.
For individuals who are underemployed, unemployed, or unemployed and currently receiving Unemployment Benefit Insurance, you may be eligible for funding to attend full-time training or to receive additional Unemployment Benefits while attending full-time training. Please contact your local Career Center for more information.