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Schools in the USA

Choosing a Nursing School

Choosing a nursing school or program can be a difficult and time-consuming choice. At first you will need to make many decisions: whether you wish to pursue a degree, diploma or certificate; study on a full-time or part-time basis; what majors and areas of specialization interest you; how important special features such as co-op, exchange and so forth are to your decision; and the importance of cost, location and other similar factors. Once you have decided on these, you will still need to undertake a significant exploration and consultation to focus your interests and choice of a nursing school.

Here is a step-by-step process to help you evaluate each school:
  • Visit the university's, college's, school's or program department's website. Most institutions provide detailed information about their programs, such as degrees/diplomas/certificates offered, amount of tuition and fees, admission requirements and intake times, student demographics, faculty qualifications, industry experience and research accomplishments, and more! Often the institution's website will provide a "Q&A" or FAQ page which will answer the most common questions about it and its programs.

  • Visit the university, college or school. Many institutions have "open days" where high school students are invited to tour the campus for a day. Campus visits allow you to learn things about the institution that might not be obvious from its marketing materials, such as facilities, campus lay-out, transportation and how it feels to be on campus.

  • Speak with an admissions counselor or academic advisor: they have a thorough knowledge of the curriculum and study programs that can lend a perspective to your decisions, and sometimes lead you in new directions.  

  • Research other sources of information.  There is a wealth of things that you can do here:

    • If you know past graduates of the university, college, school or program, talk with them about their experiences while a student.
    • Confirm which hospitals or health care organizations have recruited graduates in the past and talk with their human resources departments to determine their satisfaction with the institution's graduates and programs, whether they continue to recruit from the university, college or school, and whether they value it over others on a regular basis.
    • Search the Internet for information on awards bestowed on and achievements by specific nursing programs - competitions won, faculty honors, research grants, community service or outreach programs, etc.
    • Consult Facebook and other social networking sites that may provide testimonials and other student comments on specific nursing programs and the universities, colleges or schools that offer them.

    Then match these facts and figures against the nursing schools that you are evaluating.

Schools

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Grand Canyon University
Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!
Programs Offered:
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice with an Emphasis in Educational Leadership
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Brightwood College

About Brightwood College

Brightwood College offers accelerated programs that combine flexible schedules and professional instruction to create a rewarding learning experience for individuals focused on gaining the skills for specific careers. Brightwood College is owned and operated by Education Corporation of America.

Programs Offered:
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Healthcare Assistant

 
Unitek College

Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. 

Programs Offered:
  • Associate of Science in Nursing
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Medical Assisting

 
National Career College
Choosing a school and a new career path can be a very overwhelming process.
Programs Offered:
  • Licensed Vocational Nurse

 
Liberty University

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
  • Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator
  • BS in Nursing (RN to BSN)

 
Northcentral University

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

Programs Offered:
  • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education

 
Jacksonville University

The University

With over 80 years of academic achievements, Jacksonville University is a traditional, longstanding institution consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best colleges.

Programs Offered:
  • MSN Clinical Nurse Educator
  • RN to BSN (licensed RNs only)
  • RN to MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator
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Mount Mercy University

Mount Mercy University is a nationally recognized Catholic University that promises students of all diverse backgrounds.

Programs Offered:
  • BS – Nursing (RN – BSN)

 
Saint Xavier University

Saint Xavier University, Chicago’s oldest Catholic university, has a long history of educating students to prepare them for professional success and lay the foundation for personal fulfillment.

Programs Offered:
  • Nurse Educator Certificate
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Leadership
  • And more...

 
Sacred Heart University - Online

Sacred Heart University Online 

Programs Offered:
  • MSN - Clinical Nurse Leader
  • MSN - Nursing Management and Executive Leadership
  • RN-BSN - RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • And more...

 
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