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Nursing Majors

A major (also known as a major concentration or concentration) is a term for the specific group of courses that give you a basic knowledge of a field of study, which is in addition to your core curriculum. A major is a term most commonly applied to a program of study leading to a bachelor's degree. The nursing College or School will define a framework for this specialized portion of your studies, including a certain number of required courses and a certain number of "elective" courses relevant to the major. The school will also define your general education or foundation education requirements. Some majors effectively define your full course of study while others allow you considerable latitude, both within your field of study and in their other courses.

Although many students know what they want to take as their major before entering a university or college, most institutions do not allow you to officially declare your major until your sophmore year so that you experience a broad range of courses that will help you choose the most appropriate major.

Some universities and colleges in the US ask you to list a major choice on your application for admission. If you are interested in a major that requires a lot of classes, or classes that are limited to students in that major you may have to declare earlier than usual. As well, for some majors you will need to take specific courses (pre-requisites) during your first year before you can even be considered eligible for upper level courses. Some nursing majors have limited enrollment so in fact you may even be required to apply to get the major you want, including attending an interview or writing an essay.

Associate degrees can also have majors or designations which announce the "major," such as Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Diploma and certificate programs do not have majors as such; they carry a designation (for instance Certificate in Dietetics) which is more specific than a general degree title. Usually, the field of study at the community college level is career-focused to the point where students do not take "elective" courses as they do for bachelor's degrees. Hence the designation of the associate's degree or diploma/ certificate effectively stands in for the "major."

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Liberty University

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Programs Offered:
  • MSN: Health Policy
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Platt College
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Programs Offered:
  • Vocational Nursing Program*
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  • Medical Assisting

 
Walden University

Impact your world with a degree from Walden. Start today!

Programs Offered:
  • MS in Nursing (MSN from RN) - Public Health Nursing
  • MS in Nursing (from BSN) - Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
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Northcentral University
  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
Programs Offered:
  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education

 
UEI College

At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

Programs Offered:
  • Medical Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)

 
Blake Austin College
Get the hands-on training you need to succeed at Blake Austin College.
Programs Offered:
  • Vocational Nursing

 
Chamberlain University

Designed by RNs for RNs

Programs Offered:
  • RN to BSN Online Option

 
Saint Marys University of Minnesota

At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you.

Programs Offered:
  • Online - RN to Bachelors of Science in Nursing

 
Charter College

You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College.

Programs Offered:
  • Certificate - Medical Assistant

 
California College San Diego

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Programs Offered:
  • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)

 
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