There are 2 different levels of nurse: RN or LVN (or LPN). It takes one year to complete LVN training. In order to become an RN, a total of 2 years of nursing school is required. (An LVN just needs one additional year of school to become an RN). An RN with 2 years of school usually goes to a community college and is called an associate’s degree nurse (ADN).However, more and more employers are requiring a nurse to have a BSN. This requires 4 years of study, a typical bachelor’s degree length. Nurses who have an ADN can complete a bridge program while they are working in order to obtain the ADN.Some people who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field change careers by obtaining an Accelerated BSN (ABSN), which takes 13 to 16 months, depending on the program.Please note that the above programs require a fair number of nursing prerequisite courses be completed prior to admission to nursing school, completing these prereqs can add a year prior to nursing school.A BSN is required to apply to a Master’s (MSN) nurse practitioner program. So if you are a full time student, plan on 4 or 5 years to earn your BSN. What’s nice about nursing is that you can work and go to school part-time. Obviously, that would take longer.NPs can work in primary care (outpatient) or acute care (hospital) settings. A student that wants to become an acute care NP must first work as an RN for 1 to 2 years, depending on the school. Primary care NPs do not have to work as an RN before applying for their MSN.NP students must also declare their specialty when applying, as their schooling is based on their specialty. Common specialties: primary care adult and geriatric (AGNP), primary care pediatrics, women’s health, primary care family (FNP), acute care adult and geriatric, acute care pediatrics, acute care FNP, psychiatry and mental health, certified nurse midwife, nurse anesthetist, etc. The time required to complete the MSN is based on the track. An AGNP primary care is usually 16 months. An FNP primary care is usually 20 to 24 months. A student can also go to school part time to earn their MSN.In summary, for someone without a college degree, going to school full time, it takes 4 years to earn a BSN. Then another 16 to 24 months to earn their MSN. So a total of 5 and a half to 6 years. Part time study is available.There are slightly faster options for people who already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing subject, which include an ABSN or a Direct Entry Master’s. However, these are very grueling and intense academically.