Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Schools & Job Training  > Becoming a Registered Nurse

Becoming a Registered Nurse Cost


How Much Does Becoming a Registered Nurse Cost?

 
average costADN Degree (2-3 Years): $6,000-$100,000+high costBSN Degree(4 Years): $40,000-$200,000+
post E-mail post Post  

Registered nurses provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members. An RN must complete the required educational programs -- an associate of nursing degree (2-3 years), a bachelor of science in nursing (4 years) or a diploma from an approved nursing program (2-3 years) in a hospital setting -- and then pass the national NCLEX-RN exam and satisfy state licensing requirements.

Typical costs:

  • Tuition, fees, books and supplies for an associate degree in nursing (ADN) can cost $6,000-$40,000 or more at a public college and $30,000-$100,000 or more at a private school, depending on location, the length of the program, the status of the school, and state residency status of the student (for public schools). Living, transportation and personal expenses will vary.
  • Tuition, fees, books and supplies for a traditional four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) typically cost $40,000-$200,000 or more, depending on whether it is a public or private school and the reputation of the school. Tuition, fees, books and supplies for an accelerated BSN program -- designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing subject -- can cost $17,000-$90,000 or more.
  • Diploma programs are the oldest and most traditional form of nursing education in the United States, and are still offered by a few hospitals. Tuition, fees, books and supplies for a nursing diploma at the RN level can cost $18,000-$40,000 or more, depending on the hospital offering the program, length and location. For example, at Lutheran School of Nursing[1] at St. Alexius Hospital is St. Louis, MO, tuition and fees are estimated at $20,484 for a full-time student in the 28-month diploma program; and at St. Margaret School of Nursing[2] at UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA, tuition, fees, books and supplies for the six-semester (22 month) diploma program are estimated at $35,035.
  • Similar to ADN programs, RN-level diploma programs take about 2-3 years, but graduates receive a diploma instead of a college degree (and course credits earned do not necessarily translate to non-nursing fields of study). Diploma program graduates eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam and get a state license as a registered nurse.
Additional costs:
  • Taking the NCLEX-RN license exam typically costs about $200, and state license fees can add another $75-$200 or more, depending on the state. However, many schools include these costs in their estimated fees for completing the program.
Discounts:
  • There are a variety of nursing scholarship, grant and loan programs available. Filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid[3] is required before receiving most scholarships or financial aid.
  • Information is also available online for federal student aid grants[4] (which do not need to be repaid) and federal work-study programs[5] , which are designed for students with financial need.
  • The American Association of Colleges of Nursing lists potential financial aid resources[6] .
  • The National Student Nurses Association offers scholarships[7] and grants[8] .
  • The Department of Health Resources and Human Services Administration's Nurse Corps scholarship program[9] pays tuition, fees, related costs and a monthly stipend, in exchange for a commitment to work two years at an eligible Critical Shortage Facility after graduation.
Shopping for becoming a registered nurse:
  • Search for ADN, BSN or diploma programs at DiscoverNursing.com[10] , or contact the state board of nursing[11] for a list of schools in that state.
  • Ask about the school's accreditation, the sites where clinical practice is offered, the total number of clinical hours that students attend (and how that compares to other programs), the NCLEX-RN pass rate and percentage of students placed in jobs or continuing their nursing education. The Kansas Association of Nurse Leaders lists questions to ask a potential nursing program[12] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Top 7 Ways to Trim Pet Expenses
Pets, for many, are part of the family; another member that needs love, feeding and treatment, just like anyone else in the household. || Posted September 18 2013


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Becoming a Registered Nurse
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
School: Type of Program: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.nursingschoollmc.com/
  2.  www.upmc.com/locations/hospitals/st-margaret/careers/nursing-school/pages/default.aspx
  3.  www.fafsa.ed.gov/
  4.  www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/grants.html
  5.  www.fsa4counselors.ed.gov/clcf/workstudy.html
  6.  www.aacn.nche.edu/students/financial-aid#undergraduate
  7.  www.nsna.org/FoundationScholarships/FNSNAScholarships.aspx
  8.  www.nsna.org/FoundationScholarships/FNSNAGrants.aspx
  9.  www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/scholarships/nursing/
  10.   www.discovernursing.com/schools#no-filters
  11.  www.ncsbn.org/contactbon.htm
  12.  www.konl.org/knepcommission/higherdegreesinnursing/questionspotentialstudentsshouldasko...
More Schools & Job Training Topics
Check Out All Costs for Schools & Job Training How Much Does Community College Cost? How Much Does Pharmacy Technician School Cost? How Much Does Elementary School Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Outrageous Expense
Paid: 79000.00
1 hour and 20 minute flight from a hospital who is in my plan to a hospital that is in my plan and both have medflight helicopters... [more]
-Youare KiddingMe
Air Ambulance Cost
Family friend's wedding
Paid: 710.00
1 bridal bouquet/1 toss bouquet, 2 MOH bouquets, 1 jr bride bouquet, 5 bride maids bouquets, 2 wrist corsages, 2 flower girl baskets, 1 ring bearer pillow and supplies for 19 centerpieces (11 tall pilsner vases with approximately 20 flowers... [more]
-Mrs. Murray
Wedding Flowers Cost
Ignition coil
Paid: 46.00
Bought at O'Riley auto parts. Watched YouTube video.Removed 2 screws it sits on top of engine. Replaced coil and bad spark plug... [more]
-James Smith01
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
Concussion
Paid: 7459.00
Hit my head hard and had speech deficit and blurry/double vision. Urgent care advised I go to Emergency because they had MRI. I was able to understand what I was told, but really having difficulty finding words and talking... [more]
-KS
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Cat declawing just front know anywhere that isn't outrageously priced??
Paid: 0.00
Need to have my 2 yr old cat declawed. Unfortunately where I live they are now making it mandatory. My vet I currently use wants over $450. I really can't afford that. I'm currently dealing with medical issues myself and getting chemo etc... [more]
-Livey
Cat Declawing Cost
Pricing--alterations/custom
Paid: 0.00
I have to chuckle over the comments about pricing. Custom dresses should not cost less than ready to wear (unless you are buying the label/shop name). The things I try to remind brides of are: 1. I make your pattern for you alone... [more]
-smsivulabydesign
Wedding Dress Alterations Cost