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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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    Grand Canyon University
    Nursing Degree Programs from Grand Canyon University's College of Nursing & Health Care Professions
    Programs Offered:
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    Blake Austin College
    Get the hands-on training you need to succeed at Blake Austin College.
    Programs Offered:
    • Vocational Nursing

     
    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

     
    South University, Online Programs

    Designed with the needs of working adult students in mind, South University, Online Programs is built on the similar curriculum offered at South University's campus locations. As a student at South University, Online Programs you will receive the same quality instruction, variety of learning options and level of service found at the campus locations.

    Programs Offered:
    • Nursing (RN to BSN)
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    Ohio Christian University
    Pursue your education at Ohio Christian University.
    Programs Offered:
    • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

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

     
    Ashford University

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    Programs Offered:
    • BS/Nursing (RN to BSN)

     
    Platt College
    Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.
    Programs Offered:
    • Certified Nurse Assistant

     
    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)

     
    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)

     
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