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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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    Liberty University

    100% Online & No Standardized Testing

    Programs Offered:
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    Platt College
    Turn Your Passion Into A Career with Platt!
     
    At Platt College, we encourage our students to follow their passions, wherever they may lie, to find a career they love. You’ll find a supportive learning environment and career-focused training designed to help you gain the knowledge and hands-on training you need to succeed. 
    Programs Offered:
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    Northcentral University
    • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
    Programs Offered:
    • Doctor of Education - Nursing Education

     
    Walden University

    Impact your world with a degree from Walden. Start today!

    Programs Offered:
    • MS in Nursing (MSN from RN) - Public Health Nursing
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    Blake Austin College
    Get the hands-on training you need to succeed at Blake Austin College.
    Programs Offered:
    • Vocational Nursing

     
    Chamberlain University

    Designed by RNs for RNs

    Programs Offered:
    • RN to BSN Online Option

     
    UEI College

    At UEI College, we want you to succeed. We’re like a family and we want you to be a part of it.

    Programs Offered:
    • Medical Assistant (10-Month Diploma Program)

     
    Charter College

    You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College.

    Programs Offered:
    • Certificate - Medical Assistant

     
    California College San Diego

    The Secret to Getting Ahead is Getting Started

    Programs Offered:
    • Nursing (RN completion to BS) (RN req.)

     
    Saint Marys University of Minnesota

    At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you.

    Programs Offered:
    • Online - RN to Bachelors of Science in Nursing

     
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