Nursing Education Map

The Ins and Outs of Nursing Education--Finally Explained!

An interactive map of all the possible nursing education routes...and how to get there.

If you have spent any time trying to understand nursing education, you know it's incredibly complex. I mean, there are three different ways to become a Registered Nurse (RN) alone, and the whole profession of nursing can seem like a jumble of acronyms that only a nurse translator could explain! What is an APRN? How do you tell the difference between an NP and a DNP? What on earth is a CNL?

These are just some of the questions we field regularly at, so to help make nursing easy to understand, we turned to our resident Nurse Expert to lay it out for us. Below, she answers all of your nursing education questions, in the simplest terms possible.

To use this nursing education map, just click on the nursing education topic below that you want to know more about. There you'll find an easy to follow guide to nursing school options.

Nursing Prerequisites

So you want to become a nurse...
All nursing schools have their own admission requirements & nursing prerequisites that you must complete before you can start a nursing program. The most common is a Certified Nursing Assistant course.
Find your current education status below and hover there to start.

Most nursing schools require you to complete a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program prior to admission.
Hover over CNA box below for details, then click to find CNA programs near you.

Become a Nurse

Nursing Bachelors Degrees

Master's Degrees in Nursing

Whether you are already a nurse and looking to expand your education, or if you are planning to enter the nursing profession by getting your Bachelor's degree, we can help you find what you need.

At the Graduate Level, You'll need to choose whether you want to work directly with patients or not



PhD and DNP Nursing Programs

Doctorate Level Nursing Degrees Are the Future of Nursing!

By earning your doctorate level nursing degree, you are preparing yourself to be a leader in the healthcare industry.
Hover over the programs below to see which fits your career goals,
then click on the boxes to find nursing programs in this field.

At our mission to to help you expand your nursing education. We believe that educated nurses are the most crucial component of healthcare.
To learn more, visit other sections of our site and be sure to apply to our Nursing Scholarship so we can help you on your way!


Click on the section above you want to know more about.
Hover your mouse over the different nursing degrees for an explanation.
Click on an orange box to find nursing programs.

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