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How to choose a nursing school


How to choose a school

There are several aspects that you need to consider when choosing a nursing school. The first step is to choose a specialty. The next step is to select a nursing school in which you need to consider your objectives as your current career goals, lifestyle, and financial status.

Factors to find a nursing school

  1. Location
    Some of the principal problems you will have about any type of school are location, school size and class size. You need to look for a school in a specific area, asking yourself how far you are prepared to travel to attend classes. College finding websites and search engines can be your best friend here. If you live in Pennsylvania, for example, a simple search for accelerated nursing programs in PA will give you a good list of schools to look at in your locality

    The reason also to investigate the school size and class size is because some students desire the more intimate experience obtained from smaller schools and classes, while others desire the diversity gained from attending large schools with large class sizes.

  2. Specialties
    Another factor is to verify that your specialty is available in the nursing school that you have chosen.

  3. Facilities
    Make sure nursing school will be affiliated with diverse hospitals or other medical educational sites where you can obtain your practical experience.

  4. Accreditation
    You need to choose nursing schools that have been recognized by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing and Education. This means that the schools have the standards of education set by the NLNAC and it is an excellent indicator that you'll obtain a satisfactory education.

  5. Class Schedules
    Before that you choose a nursing school, you need to verify that the schools you have chosen contain classes scheduled that are convenient for you.

  6. Tuition
    Tuition is an additional major factor when choosing nursing schools. Prices diverge considerably between private schools and public schools, and between in-state and out-of-state residents at state schools.

    Several schools offer scholarships as well as financial aid to help students with the tuition costs, but financial aid can diverge very much between large and smaller institutions.

  7. Clinical Rotation
    Clinical rotation is the amount of active participation that nursing students obtain in hospitals and clinics in which you need to investigate if school offers enough clinical rotation time.