dcsimg

How to Choose a Nursing School

Thorough research and careful planning are essential in selecting a nursing program that fits your goals, budget and background. Some of the most important factors in choosing a nursing school include the quality of the curriculum, your financial aid options, and the logistics of attending a particular institution.

Below are five tips for researching and choosing a nursing school.

1. Look at school rankings.

When first investigating nursing degree programs, it is fine to look at reputable school rankings to find programs that provide quality instruction, good advising and hands-on medical experience. However, while rankings may give you a sense of which factors contribute to a good nursing school, they cannot give you a complete picture of a particular program's course offerings, instructors or culture. Rankings should be just one area you research.

2Visit school websites.

Dive more deeply into the schools that interest you by visiting their websites. Read about course curricula, student graduation rates, tuition and other fees, and the services offered to students such as career and academic advising. If you wish to specialize in a particular field of nursing, investigate the different degree specializations available at nursing schools.

3. Talk to school employees and students.

Talk to people over the phone or in person about the programs that interest you. For example, ask admissions officers about the employment rate of their school's graduates, and the school's pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) and the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Talk with current students and recent graduates of the programs that interest you. They can give you firsthand feedback about specific classes, instructors and advisers.

4Check each school's accreditation status.

State boards of nursing typically require candidates to attend formally accredited nursing programs. To find accredited nursing schools, check the website of your state's board of nursing.

5Research job postings.

Look at postings of nursing jobs to get a clearer sense of what employers require in terms of specific skills and credentials. Compare those requirements with what different nursing school programs offer so you can make sure you are on the right track toward meeting your goals. For example, if job openings require internship experience or completion of a specific number of clinical hours, look into nursing programs that offer these types of opportunities to students.

A combination of these five suggestions can help you align your education and career interests with the appropriate nursing school.

Sources:

Eligibility & Licensure Requirements, National Council of State Boards of Nursing, https://www.ncsbn.org/2916.htm

Schools offering LPN Programs

Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Showing schools in your area

            Matching School Ads
            MS in Nursing

            WELCOME TO KAPLAN UNIVERSITY

            Online Education That Fits Your Life

            For 80 years, we’ve been preparing students for career success. We’ve led the wayso that our students can too.

            Globally Renowned Purdue to Acquire Kaplan University

            Purdue University, one of the nation's most respected universities, will acquire Kaplan University and create a new, nonprofit, public institution within the Purdue system. Pending regulatory approvals, this exciting transition is expected to take place later this year. This change will be seamless—during the transition, you will still be able to enroll at Kaplan University, earn a high-quality education, and meet your educational and career goals.

            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Vocational Nursing
            Brightwood College , Corpus Christi

            Why Brightwood?

            Real-World Training

            We keep education relevant by employing instructors with real-world experience in the field, who bring their career backgrounds to the classroom. Our programs are continually assessed by faculty, staff and members of the business and education communities to help ensure your studies align with your career goals. Programs offered by Brightwood College focus on local employment needs, in areas such as allied health, nursing and technical and professional programs.

            Practical Nursing Diploma
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Listed as a 2015 Best for Vets school in the Career & Technical College category by Military Times.
            • Offers programs in health science, business, legal studies, technology, and skilled trades such as HVAC and building maintenance &    repair.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
            • 3 campuses located in Virginia, South Carolina, and Florida.
            Show more [+]
            Nursing (Practical)
            Lincoln Tech , Shelton
            • Encompasses the Lincoln Tech, Lincoln Culinary Institute, and Lincoln College of New England brands.
            • Lincoln schools made more than $15 million available nationally through scholarships to qualified students in 2015.
            • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media; offers exclusive scholarship for servicemen and women and their families.
            • First Lincoln Tech campus opened in 1946; now 30 campuses in 15 states across the United States.
            • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            BS - Nursing (RN - BSN)

            Mount Mercy University is a nationally recognized Catholic University that promises students of all diverse backgrounds – regardless of ages and faiths a challenging, practical education that inspires them to discover knowledge, build community and lead courageous lives.

            • Online Courses