If you’re planning to pursue a career in nursing, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is your choice of nursing school. It’s essential to choose a school that meets your personal needs while preparing you for your career endeavors. Here’s a look at just a few of the things to consider ensuring you choose the right nursing school for you.
Think About Your Specialty
What type of nursing program are you interested in? Choose a program and a specialty that will help you achieve your goals, and then find a school that offers the type of program you need.
Look for nursing schools in your area that offer the degrees and programs you’re interested in. Decide how far you’re willing to travel for classes. Remember, some schools offer online classes as well, which can make it easier to attend classes if the school you choose is further away.
Getting plenty of clinical rotation time is important. Make sure the school you choose offers enough clinical rotation time. You’ll also want to look for schools that offer varied clinical placements that prepare you for the job with hands-on experience.
NCLEX Pass Rates
Good nursing schools will offer data on the NCLEX pass rates of their students. You want to look at data going back for at least 5-10 years. This gives you a good idea of how well the nursing school is preparing their students. Go with a school that has very high NCLEX pass rates.
It’s essential to make sure you go with a nursing school that is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation. If you don’t go to a nursing school that’s accredited, then it’s often tough to move forward in your education and your nursing career.
Pay Attention to Tuition Rates
The price of tuition can vary drastically from school to school, depending on whether it’s a public or private school and whether you’re currently a resident of the state the school is in. Look closely at tuition rates and decide how much you’re willing to spend. It’s also a good idea to make sure that financial aid is available to help you fund your nursing education.
Does the nursing school offer class schedules that fit into your busy life? This is especially important if you’ll be going to school and working at the same time. Check to make sure classes are available at times that are convenient to you before choosing your school.
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