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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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National American University - Roueche Graduate Center

The goal of earning a master’s degree should be defined by you, not by your circumstances. No matter which path you’ve chosen, a graduate degree can help you advance with your current organization, explore opportunities with a new company, or even start fresh in a new industry. When you earn your master's degree, you’re opening new opportunities for career development that can make a difference for you and your family. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student.

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Care Coordination
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration

 
West Coast University

Advance your career. 100% Focused on Health Sciences.

Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • LVN to BSN

 
Dallas Nursing Institute

Dallas Nursing Institute is a nonprofit institution rooted in the belief that all students deserve quality instruction and guidance as they begin their quest for a professional nursing career. The instructors are highly-qualified and dedicated to making your educational experience a positive one.

Programs Offered:
  • Associate Degree of Nursing
  • Vocational Nursing

 
Thomas More College
Take the next step in your career with Thomas More College.
Programs Offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

 
Colorado Technical University Online

A degree from CTU can connect you to what matters most: powerful professional network, faculty who are real-world professionals and innovative technology. So once you earn your degree you hit the ground sprinting. Are you in?

Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education

 
Berkeley College

The Berkeley Advantage®is part of a proven approach to career-focused education that can help students prepare for success.

Programs Offered:
  • Nurse Aide Certification Course
  • AAS in Medical Assistant
  • Certificate in Medical Assistant

 
University of Cincinnati Online
Work toward your degree online with University of Cincinnati Online.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Science in Nursing - WomenÂ’s Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse-Midwifery
  • Master of Science in Nursing - Adult-Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

 
Maryville University

Founded in 1872, Maryville University is a four-year, private university located in west St. Louis County.

Programs Offered:
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)
  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Online Bachelor of Science in Nursing to Doctor of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP)-Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

 
Post University Online

At Post University, we believe you shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to further your education.

Programs Offered:
  • B.S. in Nursing: RN to BSN

 
Bradley University

Established in 1897, Bradley University is a private, independent institution of higher learning in Peoria, Illinois. Inspired by our founder, notable philanthropist Lydia Moss Bradley, we pursue excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and service; and we celebrate leadership, integrity, diversity and collaborative learning.

Programs Offered:
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Leadership Track (MSN to DNP)
  • Online Master of Science in Nursing (BSN to MSN-FNP)
  • Online Doctor of Nursing Practice - Family Nurse Practitioner Track (BSN to DNP)
  • And more...

 
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