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There are huge opportunities for aspiring nurses in Delaware, with over 16,920 positions for registered nurses (RNs), certified nursing assistants (CNAs), and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and a field that continues to grow. More about each of these positions follows, ordered from the profession with the most opportunities to the least.

Registered nurse (RN)
In Delaware, there are more RN positions than any other nursing job, with 9,740 RNs currently employed in the state. To become an RN there are three different types of pre-licensure programs. The first option is the diploma nurse program; this was common in decades past, but rare today, and involves working full-time for at least three years as a nurse in a facility attached to a nursing school. The second option is the associate of applied science in nursing (AASN) program or the associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), which is considerably more common today. AASN and ADN programs take two years to complete, and are commonly offered at community colleges, making them affordable and accessible. The third option, pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, is perhaps the best choice when it comes to attaining a thorough education and staying competitive in the job market. BSN degrees typically take four years to complete; however, there are also accelerated RN-to-BSN programs available for RNs who hold associate’s degrees and aspire to take their education to the next level. There are many advantages to becoming an RN, including more responsibility in the workplace and higher pay. RNs in Delaware make somewhere around $61,400 on the low end of the range, around $70,280 in the middle, and around $81,540 at the high end of the pay scale.

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Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
There are about 5,250 positions for nursing assistants in Delaware. One of the advantages to becoming a certified nursing assistant is that the programs are relatively inexpensive, and only take several weeks to a few months to complete. This makes becoming a CNA a great way to get your foot in the door of the healthcare field. Even with the minimal time required to prepare for this position, CNAs in Delaware make average statewide salaries of $24,540 to $30,490 per year.

Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
There are approximately 1,930 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) working in Delaware. It typically takes between 12- and 18-months to complete an LPN program. LPNs in the state can expect to make between $40,950 and $55,200 per year.

Below you’ll find a comprehensive list of accredited nursing schools in Delaware, organized from largest to smallest.

Wilmington

University of Delaware
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 143 students during the 2011-12 period
Delaware Technical Community College - Stanton / Wilmington
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 114 students during the 2011-12 period
Leads School of Technology
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 61 students during the 2011-12 period
Delaware Skills Center
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 24 students during the 2011-12 period

Other Delaware cities

Delaware Technical Community College - Terry
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 107 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 40 students during the 2011-12 period
Delaware Technical Community College - Owens
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 79 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 76 students during the 2011-12 period
Wesley College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 45 students during the 2011-12 period
Delaware State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 33 students during the 2011-12 period
Polytech Adult Education
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 29 students during the 2011-12 period
Beebe Medical Center, Margaret H Rollins School of Nursing
Diploma in Registered Nursing: 18 students during the 2011-12 period
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