One thing to be aware of as you research programs is that “pre-nursing” programs are defined by colleges in many different ways, so be sure to read carefully what each college means by pre-nursing. At some colleges this might be a sort of “conditional” admission to the nursing program, where if you complete all requirements in good standing, then you can apply to the School of Nursing.
There are many ways to become a nurse, though the 4 year BSN degree will offer you the most options.
LPN or LVN: Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse. This option is done at technical college and takes about a year. Most LPN’s these days will need to go on to get a BSN.
ADN (an RN): this is a two year option where you earn the Associate’s Degree in Nursing and become a basic Registered Nurse. Most ADN’s will go on to become BSN’s.
BSN: this is the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, which is a four year degree offering the best pay and the most job opportunities. You must have a BSN to pursue the MSN.
MSN: The Master of Science in Nursing is the highest degree for nurses, so this will offer the most pay and the most job opportunities.
Best of luck to you as you embark on your journey toward this noble profession! Yay, college!