Medical Careers--Nurse

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Becoming a Nurse with a Psychology degree

With your Psychology degree, you might consider a career as a Nurse. Most of you know that Nurses are trained to care for individuals, families and communities with a goal of optimal health and quality of life. This care involves offering advice, providing emotional support, dealing with (a lot) of paperwork, and working with medical doctors to help diagnose patients and determining follow-up care. Nurses do a lot!

Similar to a career as a Physician assistant, Medical Doctor, or Speech Pathologist, Psychology major who wants to be a Nurse must go to a specific type of school--nursing school. To go to nursing school you will need to take certain required courses (e.g., Biology, Chemistry, Math, etc.). Also, you will need to take (depending on the nursing school) an entance exam. Click here to see various entrance exams that are offered. Nursing school tuition is paid by the student. Nursing positions are commonly found (but not exclusively) in hospitals. There are different degrees that can be earned as a nurse: 2-year associate's degree or 4-year bachelor's degree. A potential nurse must obtain licensure from state Board of Nursing to practice in the profession. In thinking about becoming a Nurse, keep in mind that there are different types of nurses: licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), nurse practitioner (NP) and others. 

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Salary Information

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the median (middle) yearly income for a Nurse at $70,000.

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Click on the links below to read about other Medical careers that only require a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology:

Medical Careers--Government Worker

Medical Careers--Medical Lab Technician

Medical Careers--Mental Health Technician

Medical Careers--Pharmaceutical Sales

Medical Careers--Medical Scribe

Click on the links below to read about other Medical careers that require a professional degree:

Medical Careers--Medical Doctor

Medical Careers--Dentist

Medical Careers--Physician Assistant

Medical Careers--Speech Pathologist