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How to Become a Nurse in Indiana, IN

In Indiana, becoming a nurse is certainly an attractive career choice; but where to start?
In the case of Licensed Practical Nurse training (LPN), one can enter a program direct out of high school and be done their education in a year. However, when it comes to becoming a Registered Nurse (RN), the process is a bit more complicated—first, one must decide between an Associate (ADN) or Bachelor’s (BSN) Degree in Nursing.

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An ADN takes two years and BSN students spend four years completing their Indiana nursing education. While ADN programs go beyond the hands-on patient care skills learned by LPNs to issues of nurse management, research and theory, BSN students take it even further and have time to study specialized topics like pharmacology and radiology.

Upon graduation, both ADNs and BSNs take the same test: The NCLEX-RN, which is the final step to nurse licensure in Indiana (LPNs take their own version called the NCLEX-PN). The NCLEX is a nationally-standardized test and is the same for nurses across the country—this also means that it becomes very easy to transfer a nursing license to a new state should you wish to practice, or study, outside of your home state.

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To learn more about how to become a nurse in Indiana and explore Indiana nursing education programs, careers, jobs, and more, visit our in-depth Indiana nursing page.