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Which Nursing School is Right for You?

So you’ve decided you want to advance your education. Now the question is which school is right for you? Some people make their decision based only on finances, but there is more to consider. It’s important to consider which careers you are interested in and what the normal career path is. The degrees or certificates required for each career will vary so take some time to research the different schools and see what the right school is for you.

Most postsecondary schools can be described as public or private, two-year or four-year.


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Four-year institutions offer bachelor’s degrees, and some offer advanced degrees. Two-year institutions offer associates degrees. Less-than-two-year institutions offer training and award certificates of completion.

Here’s a more detailed description of the kinds of schools you might hear about as you plan for your post-high-school education:

College – A four-year college grants bachelor’s degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science). Some colleges also award master’s degrees.

University – A university grants bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and sometimes includes a professional school such as a law school or medical school. Universities tend to be larger than colleges, focus more on scholarly or scientific research, and might have larger class sizes.

Community college – A public two-year college granting associates degrees and sometimes certificates in particular technical (career-related) subjects. Some students start their postsecondary education at a community college and then transfer to a four-year school, either because a community college tends to be cheaper than a four-year college, or because admissions standards at community colleges are often less stringent than at four-year schools.

Junior college – Similar to a community college, except that a junior college is usually a private school.

Career school, technical school, or vocational/trade school. These terms are often used interchangeably. May be public or private, two-year or less-than-two-year. Career schools offer courses that are designed to prepare students for specific careers, from welding to cosmetology to medical imaging, etc. The difference between technical schools and trade schools is that technical schools teach the science behind the occupation, while trade schools focus on hands-on application of skills needed to do the job.

(2007 U.S. Government, www.studentaid.ed.gov)


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    kuwana_demetris

    over 6 years ago

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    I am needing assistants with grants &/or scholarships for nusring school to advance in my career in NURSING$$$$$$$$$$ help please

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    kuwana_demetris

    over 6 years ago

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    I NEED HELP GRANTS SCHOLARSHIP $$$$$$$ FOR NURSING SCHOOL PLEASE ASSIST i ENJOY THE MEDICAL FIELD AND i AM READY TO ADVANCE IN MY CAREER

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    Tsarie

    over 6 years ago

    14 comments

    Good info thanks!

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    pmnurse

    over 6 years ago

    2 comments

    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY EVERYONE............I have been a LPN for 3 years (but doing the work of a RN/making LPN pay). I have missed every deadline to start any of the bridge programs from LPN to RN until summer 2009. Does anyone know of any reputable ADN schools in GA or online schools?

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    RMTucker

    over 6 years ago

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    Ok so I am a senior this year, I will graduate in June and I applied to Mount St Mary's University in Emmitsburg, but I ended up not getting in, they only have 1800 people going there and they only take 200 freshman. I was wondering if anyone is in or was in the nursing school at Montgomery College, is it a good school?? I am interested in other nursing schools but not interested in going far from home. Any advice??

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    gospellove772003

    over 6 years ago

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    its very important that i choose the right to attend if not i can end up in bad shape.thanks to nursinglink i know i wont because they are keeping me informed on all i need to know this topic being number 1

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    jaded113

    over 6 years ago

    4 comments

    I need scholarship $$$$$ for Nursing School PLEASE HELP

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    PrincessQ

    almost 7 years ago

    12 comments

    There are no online LPN schools. This is because most of your LPN classes will be hands on right away. I think there is no difference between an LPN and LVN. If i am correct LPN are called LVN in some states which stans for licensed vocational nurse.

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    redshadow

    almost 7 years ago

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    Hello all: I currently work in a steel factory which will soon be closing. I have been interested in nursing for sometime. I have bolstered my employment capabilies with an EMT-B Cert. and enjoy the work. I would like to pursue an LPN degree. There is a career center close to me and I am leaning towards this option. Deciding factors are; Pros - $$$$, driving time. Cons - education limitations, classroom census-- Any thoughts?? Also the difference of LVN LPN is unclear. Thanks :)

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    mstyler26

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    Hello Everyone,
    I was wondering if anyone knows if there is a lpn course online i would really appreciate it if someone told me....Thanks

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    nurse77

    almost 7 years ago

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    Hi, can anyone tell me where I can go for LPN courses in Hartford CT. Thank You.

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    asia08

    almost 7 years ago

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    I WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE WITH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COLLEGE TO FUTHER MY CAREER IN THE NURSING FIELD.

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    boyd

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    Am looking for a good on-line lpn classes please

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    cccorbin

    almost 7 years ago

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    This did not help me at all. I want to get my BSN in the shortest amount of time possible and I need schloarship money. I want to be close to home.

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    MILLIE1

    almost 7 years ago

    2 comments

    HOW CAN I FIND A NURSING SCHOOL THAT HAVE EVENING CLASS

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