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Why You're NOT Getting Into Nursing School

Steve Berman | NursingLink


So you’ve decided to become a nurse, and it’s the best decision you’ve ever made. Your life now has purpose, and you can’t wait to have a job where you help people, handle new and challenging situations every day, and make a respectable living to boot. However, there’s a problem.

You can’t get into nursing school.

That’s the biggest stumbling block if you want to become a nurse, and it’s one that several people face. While the aging baby boomer population has led to an increased need for nurses, the struggling economy has led to an increased pool of applicants for schools to choose from. If you’ve found yourself on the outside looking in when it comes to nursing school, here are five possible reasons why and how to remedy each problem.


Problem No. 1: You haven’t completed the prerequisites

Nursing schools have a curriculum that assumes the students have a body of knowledge to draw from. If applicants haven’t completed courses in anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, nutrition, sociology and psychology, and some other subjects that may include statistics, public speaking, and English composition, there’s little to no way they’re going to be accepted.

Remedy: Speak with a counselor about which prerequisites you need and take them either at a local community college or online.

Next: Problem #2 >>

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    In New York, most community colleges are very competitive. In WCC, for example, about 700-800 applicants apply every year and only about 56 gets in. You must have passed all pre-reqs then take the TEAS. They will then take the top TEAS scorers.

    Some elite private colleges, such as Pace, Columbia, and NYU are very competitive too. But most 4-year private colleges such as CNR are a lot easier to get into. If you have decent grades and money, you're basically in.

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