Choosing a Good Nursing School

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How do I choose the right nursing degree program for me?

Choosing a Good Nursing School

Different factors are important to different prospective students, but many students consider these areas when choosing the right nursing colleges for them:

Nursing Specialites - Pick your program first, and then decide on a school that matches

Tuition - Prices vary dramatically between private schools and public schools, and between in-state and out-of-state residents at state schools. Availability of financial aid can also vary significantly between institutions.

Class Size - Find out the student-to-faculty ratios for both classroom and clinical instruction. Small class sizes for clinical rotation and nursing courses is more important than for prerequisites.

Clinical Rotation - Does the school provide enough clinical rotation time? Are the clinical placements varied enough and do they provide hands-on experience? This information is best to get from current students.

Location - Search for schools in a specific area.

Accreditation - This indicates that the school meets the standards of education set by a national accrediting organization. It is a good indicator that you'll receive an adequate education. See the questions on Accreditation for more information.

School Size - Some people want the close attention of a small school, while other prefer the intellectual stimulation of a large institution.



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