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Choose the Nursing School That Fits You

Choose the Nursing School That Fits You

Beth Anderson, RN | Nursinglink

There are nursing programs in the largest universities as well as the smallest community colleges. There are even online programs! So there’s bound to be something for you. Here are the questions to ask yourself when selecting a school.

Should I get an ADN or BSN?

Deciding whether you want to go for an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree is essential at this point. Community colleges typically offer associates degrees and are a good value if you are trying not to spend too much money. The advantage of getting an ADN is that it doesn’t take as long as a BSN and it requires less of the prerequisites. However, there are many positions that require a Bachelor’s degree for advancement, so it may be advisable to get the BSN when you can.

Do I Want to Stay Local, Go Somewhere Else, or Study Online?

Would you like to attend a local school or are you interested in living somewhere new? You can find nursing programs in every state in the US. Did you know that there are even nursing schools in the Caribbean? If you live in a heavily populated area, you may find long waiting lists to get admitted to the nursing school of your choice. Broadening your range of where you will consider traveling too can increase your chances of getting in. If you can afford to relocate, your options can be limitless.

Do you prefer to live on campus or to commute? For the second degree student, commuting might make more sense. Perhaps you lived on campus when you acquired your first degree and you don’t wish to revisit that experience. Most adult learners would probably prefer to live away from campus. If you are a new student you might want to consider living on campus. Nursing programs are very demanding of your time and it’s very convenient to always to live within walking distance of the library and your classes.

Perhaps an online program would be your best option. Online courses offer the same educational information that you would get in a traditional institution but they are held in virtual classrooms instead of physical classrooms. Everything else will be similar to campus colleges. You will still have professors, books, assignments, exams, and grades, but also more flexibility as you would learn over the Internet from the location of your choice.

How Will I Pay for School?

Will you need to work while in school? If so, then you should choose a program accordingly. As previously stated, an ADN from a community college is a great value if you are trying not to spend too much money. However, finding the right educational fit is important too. There are many ways to make ends meet. Because of the national scarcity of nurses, there are a lot of scholarships available for nursing students to encourage men and women to apply.

To see if you apply for a Scholarship, visit Nursinglink’s Scholarship search page

Related Read: Apply for $178,500 in Scholarships, Get Free Information on Degree Programs

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    If you are a new student you might want to consider living on campus. Nursing programs are very demanding of your time and it’s very convenient to always to live within walking distance of the library and your classes.
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    almost 3 years ago

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    I think for this kind of decision you have to fell it. Ask other mates or get more information from the internet because is free and instant. About how will you pay the school is more hard to answer yourself but finnaly you will get it for sure!
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    jimb4522

    almost 3 years ago

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    There is so many great schools out there for nursing. Most students need to take advantage of this in the future. The nursing field is so good and high paying. This is what is so good about getting a nursing degree.
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    almost 3 years ago

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    This is such a difficult decision for many, choosing the right school. I want to enter nursing soon. Thank you for the information and the great comments.
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    patricia49

    almost 4 years ago

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    Need to fine a good nursing school in Atlanta, trying to go back to college and obtain a degree in nursing!

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    nurseand3

    almost 4 years ago

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    The reason you must be an LPN is because there is no on line practicum. Some schools require hundreds of practical hours and you must find your own preceptor. LOL. Other programs (lpn to ASN) require only a weekend, but the failure rate is awfull. Beware of expensive publishing companies that promise you will pass. They don't do the testing - the college does!!

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    Jameka

    about 4 years ago

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    I am new to all of this. I am a single mother who works full time and want to become an RN. The problem I'm having is chosing if I want to go online and if so how will I be able to due clinicals if I'm not at a physical school? Could someone explain how taking RN classes online will give me the knowledge I need to be a successful nurse.

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    over 4 years ago

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    i am new to all of this, i am a single mother and work full time as a human rescource manager, im looking to change careers and do not know where to start to get into a nursing program online, please help!

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    nurseshelton

    over 4 years ago

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    I keep hearing that there aren't any online schools for becoming an RN unless you are an LPN already? Is this true? If not, can anyone recommend any online colleges, I'm very much interested in becoming an RN. I just need help on where to begin. I am not an LPN - I want to start my career with an ADN to RN. Pls help

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    Same question here, what online schools are out there?

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    Help!!!!! LOL :) I keep hearing that there aren't any online schools for becoming an RN unless you are an LPN already? Is this true? If not, can anyone recommend any online colleges, I'm very much interested in becoming an RN. I just need help on where to begin. Thanks guys :)

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