Nursing degrees are available at every level, from a diploma all the way up to a doctor of nursing practice (DNP), which is the gold standard for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) such as nurse practitioners and nurse anesthetists.

Other common degrees for nursing professionals include the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) and master of science in nursing (MSN)—the latter of which is available for a wide range of population foci such as pediatrics, adults, acute care, women’s health, and much more.

Discover what to expect from an accredited nursing program, including detailed information on each career’s expected education, experience, licensure, certification, and salary.

Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM)

Certified nurse-midwives are caring advanced practice nurses who have received additional training in the care of women and newborns during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. According to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, certified nurse-midwives reduce the stress of pregnant mothers, the cost of care, and the number of interventions during pregnancy and labor.

Nurse Case Manager

Nurse case managers are registered nurses who have specialized education and training in case management. With medical knowledge and strong interpersonal skills, they advocate for patients’ needs, help schedule appointments, ensure follow-up care is completed, monitor medications, and educate patients.

Nurse Educator

Nurse educators work in nursing degree programs directly or for clinics and hospitals, supervising the clinical portion of a nurse students’ education. The first step in this career is to complete a nursing degree and gain work experience as a nurse. Next, aspiring nurse educators can complete a master’s of science in nursing in nurse education, where they will gain the additional skills to train future nurses.

Nurse Practitioner

The current increase in demand for healthcare practitioners has put nurse practitioners in high demand. NPs are registered nurses who have an advanced degree and certification.

Oncology Nurse

Oncology nurses are registered nurses who work with cancer patients or those who are at risk of developing cancer. They have either received on-the-job training in oncology or completed additional education programs or both. All oncology nurses are licensed RNs who have completed either an associate of science in nursing (ASN) or a bachelor’s of science in nursing (BSN).

Public Health Nurse

Instead of focusing on acute illnesses, public health nurses often have an eye toward long-term systemic diseases that can be mitigated.

Registered Nurse

In the US, there are over three million nurses employed in a variety of fields. Over 60 percent of nurses work in hospitals providing care for patients, assisting with surgeries, and administering treatments.