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Associate’s Degree


Fast Facts

National annual wage range:
$47,120 to $102,990*
Tuition and fees:
$51,106 to $59,950
Program length:
77 - 88 weeks

How to Become a Nurse

Prepare for a nursing career in as little as 77 - 88 weeks.

Imagine a career that allows you to work with a diverse group of people and help others live healthier lives. Nurses work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, doctors’ offices, private care settings, and even other businesses. Nursing is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, so there’s no reason to wait to enter this exciting field.*

Brightwood College’s registered nursing program provides you with an associate's degree in nursing and the technical skills, medical knowledge, and hands-on experience you need to pursue your nursing career in as little as 77 - 88 weeks.

In our nursing training program, you will gain the knowledge you need to prepare to become a registered nurse (RN). All you need is a passion for helping people and a desire to learn.

Our Hands-on Nursing Training Teach You Career-Ready Skills

The curriculum of our registered nurse program is specifically designed to prepare you for your career from day one. You take classes on pharmacology and labs on ambulatory care. You learn ways to work with newborns and terminal patients. From working on your bedside manner to reading lab results, our associate degree in nursing prepares you for real-world experiences.

Practical classes and nursing training not only earn you an associate's degree in nursing, they prepare you to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN). Successfully completing the NCLEX-RN will allow you to become a licensed RN and begin your healthcare career.

Experience what it’s like to work in nursing.

At Brightwood College, we are career-focused. This means you’ll get the information and technical skills you need to get into your chosen field as soon as possible. Through our nursing labs, you obtain on-the-job experience, so you learn what nursing is really like.

Where Do Brightwood College Nursing Graduates Work?

Nurses are needed all around the country and can work in a variety of settings. Our graduates have found employment in:

  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • And more

After successfully completing your nursing training program, you will earn an associate's degree and will be prepared to take the NCLEX-RN and start your nursing career.

What Do Nurses Do?

Nursing is a broad field, and nurses’ responsibilities and duties depend on where they work. Many nurses work with doctors to provide healthcare, treat illnesses, and make patients more comfortable. They have to be able to figure out the right questions to ask their patients, and they must listen to patients to properly determine symptoms and ailments. They also must be respectful and kind to make patients feel at ease.

Learn more about types of nurses and what they do.

What does an RN do?

Registered nurses have a wide range of duties and responsibilities, including:

  • Recording patients’ medical histories
  • Detailing symptoms and making observations
  • Dispensing medications and treatments
  • Administering tests and diagnostics
  • Planning patient care
  • Keeping care plans up to date
  • Collaborating with doctors and other medical providers
  • Helping patients learn how to manage illnesses, injuries, or diseases

Is a career in nursing right for you? Find out more today.

Registered Nurse Salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a registered nurse in 2015 was $67,490 per year.* A nurse’s salary can vary depending on where he or she lives and works and whether he or she has management responsibilities.

Train for a fulfilling career in one of the fasting growing fields in the country. Let an associate degree in nursing from Brightwood College get you off to a great start. Contact us today to learn more about our nursing training program. Learn more about types of financial aid.

Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* The median annual wage for registered nurses was $68,450 in May 2016. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $47,120, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $102,990. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Registered Nurses, on the Internet at (visited September 07, 2017). National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Clinical/Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination. Please refer to the Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams section of the relevant campus catalog for further guidance.

To practice as a registered nurse in California, students must be licensed by the California State Board of Registered Nursing (BRN): Applicants also must pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX).

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