Nursing Careers and Specialties

As a nurse you have lots of different career options and nursing specialties to choose from. Each nursing specialty has its own career path, certification, and educational requirements. This list below should help you fill figure out which nursing specialty is right for you!

There are 61 Nursing Specialties.

Nursing Specialty

Education Requirement

  • Any
  • Diploma in Nursing
  • LPN or LVN Education Degree
  • LPN-to-Associates
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Pre-Nursing Associate
  • LPN-to-BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • RN-to-BSN
  • Second Degree BSN
  • Accelerated Degree BSN
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • RN-to-MSN
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Accelerated MSN
  • Post-Masters Certificate
  • Doctorate Nursing Degree Program
  • Doctor of Nursing Education Programs
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs
  • Doctor of Nursing Science Programs
  • Doctor of Philosophy Programs
  • MSN/PhD Dual Nursing Degree
  • Nurse anesthetists
  • Certified Nurse Midwives/ Nurse midwives
  • Clinical nurse specialists (CNSs)
  • Nurse practitioners (NPs)
  • MSN/MPH Nursing Education Degree
  • MSN/MSHA Nursing Education Degree
  • MSN/MBA

Type

  • Any
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Managerial Nursing
  • Clinical Nursing
  • Surgical Nursing
  • Emergency Nursing
  • Specialized Nursing

Ambulatory Care Nursing

ASN or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Burn Nursing

ASN or BSN

Emergency Nursing

Cardiac Care Nursing

ASN or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Cardiac Catheter Lab Nursing

ASN or BSN

Surgical Nursing

Case Management Nursing

ASN or BSN

Managerial Nursing

Clinical Nurse Specialists

ASN or BSN, followed by MSN

Advanced Practice Nursing

Clinical Research Nursing

BSN

Advanced Practice Nursing

Correctional Nursing

LPN or LVN minimum; ASN or BSN optional

Specialized Nursing

Critical Care Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Developmental Disabilities Nursing

LPN, ASN or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Emergency Nursing

ASN or BSN

Emergency Nursing

Flight Nursing

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Emergency Nursing

Forensic Nursing

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Gastroenterology Nursing

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Genetics Nursing

ASN or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Geriatric Nursing

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Hematology Nursing

ASN or BSN

Clinical Nursing

HIV/AIDS Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Home Health Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN. Possibly LPN

Specialized Nursing

Hospice Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Hyperbaric Nursing

ASN or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Infection Control Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Managerial Nursing

Informatics Nursing

BSN

Managerial Nursing

Intravenous Therapy Nursing

ASN or BSN (MSN a plus)

Clinical Nursing

Legal Nurse Consultants

Nursing diploma, ASN or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Mental Health Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Military Nursing

ASN or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Neonatal Nursing

ASN or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Neuroscience Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Nurse Anesthetists

BSN, MSN

Advanced Practice Nursing

Nurse Educators

BSN, MSN, or PhD

Managerial Nursing

Nurse Practitioners

BSN, MSN

Advanced Practice Nursing

Nurse-Midwives

BSN, MSN or Post-Master's certificate

Advanced Practice Nursing

Nursing Management

BSN

Managerial Nursing

Obstetrics / Gynecology Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Occupational Health Nursing

BSN

Managerial Nursing

Oncology Nursing

BSN

Clinical Nursing

Orthopedic Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Pain Management Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Pediatric Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Surgical Nursing

Private Duty Nursing

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Managerial Nursing

Public Health Nursing

BSN primarily (though some communities employ ASNs)

Advanced Practice Nursing

Pulmonary Nursing

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Advanced Practice Nursing

Quality Improvement Nursing

ASN or BSN

Managerial Nursing

Radiology Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Recovery Room Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Surgical Nursing

Rehabilitation Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Renal Dialysis Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Specialized Nursing

School Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Sub-acute Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Substance Abuse Nursing

ASN or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Surgical Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Surgical Nursing

Telemetry Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Telenursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Telephone Triage Nursing

ASN, BSN

Emergency Nursing

Transplant Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Surgical Nursing

Travel Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Specialized Nursing

Urology Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing

Utilization Management Nursing

ASN, BSN (increasingly preferred)

Managerial Nursing

Wound Care Nursing

Nursing Diploma, ASN, or BSN

Clinical Nursing