Preparing for Nursing School



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Preparing for Nursing School

If you are considering going to university or college for nursing, your post-secondary planning process should begin as early as high school. Nursing programs can be competitive and are rigorous. Thus, it is important to plan your high school courses accordingly. Some of the classes that you will want to take are academic math and science (especially biology and chemistry) courses to ensure that you are well prepared for the schools that make your list. Communication is essential in this profession, so English, speech and even foreign language courses are also extremely helpful.

If you are still in high school and are thinking about going into nursing, there are several additional things that you can do to prepare and increase your chances of being accepted:

  • Validate your interest in nursing by spending time in a clinic or care home as an employee or volunteer. Community service is an important aspect of the nursing profession; most schools require that you have seriously considered the field by spending time in a setting where nurses are working.


  • Consider how you can develop leadership skills while you are still in high school. Admissions committees value applicants who can demonstrate leadership potential. You can acquire leadership by participating in or even starting school clubs, volunteer programs, or through a summer job.


  • Act on your interests and undertake to read and study independently. You will benefit from exploring your interests and learning your own strengths and limitations. Those who pursue their genuine interests are more likely to excel. This is a good way to develop interests, expand your knowledge and improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension skills needed for school. This will also help you if admission requirements include an interview, since you will be able to impress the committee with the knowledge you have built up of terms and information specific to this area of study.

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