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
            Vocational Nursing
            Unitek College , Bakersfield

            Unitek College – About Us

            Unitek College™ is a privately held vocational school dedicated to helping you gain the skills needed to advance your career or begin a brand new career. Your training at Unitek College will position you to take advantage of the rising demand for experts in allied health, nursing, and technology professions. Our programs include Medical Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assisting, Vocational Nursing, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing: RN-to-BSN Degree Completion.

            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Vocational Nursing
            • Offers medical and cosmetic programs, including dental assisting, massage therapy, cosmetology, esthetics, and more.
            • Features a public salon and spa where students may get real-world experience.
            • Offers scholarship opportunities for students wo qualify.
            • Accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 2 separate Vacaville campuses, one is for medical careers and the other is the beauty academy.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Administration
            • Liberty University provides a worldclass education from a christ-centered worldview
            • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels
            • No standardized testing if student meets admission requirements
            • Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
            • 95% of Liberty University students receive some form of financial aid
            Show more [+]
            • Accredited
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Licensed Vocational Nurse
            • Offers career placement assistance services to recent graduates.
            • Our short-term allied health programs will give you the skills and knowledge to become a part of the exciting health care field.
            • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Assistant and Healthcare Administration.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
            • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
            Show more [+]
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Bachelor of Science in Nursing
            • Began in 1909 as a single classroom in Los Angeles.
            • Offers no-cost dental clinic in Anaheim, where students gain experience by offering a selection of free dental services.
            • Involved in philanthropy, through partnerships with several organizations, such as the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare (CINHC) and Shriner’s Hospital.
            • Accredited by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission.
            • Has 4 California campuses and 2 other campuses in Florida and Texas.
            Show more [+]
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits