In the United States there are literally thousands of RN schools offering courses for students who want to get into the nursing profession.
The problem many young (and older) students face is finding a nursing school near them that isn’t as competitive or difficult to get into as some of the well-known schools but offers the same level of education.
Below is a list that compiles many of the nursing schools available in the United States.
Each school offers students a chance to earn one of several degrees in the nursing field such as the Associates of Science in Nursing Degree (ASN), Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN), Masters of Science in nursing Degree (MSN) and Doctorate’s Degree in Nursing (DNP) also known as the Doctor of nursing practice degree.
In addition to the various nursing degrees that are available students can earn some RN schools also offer nurse related courses for those who may want to become a registered nurse in the future but aren’t ready to take all the courses that are required of RN’s.
Some of these courses include: Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN).
Tips for choosing the right RN School
Choosing the right school is essential for those who want to get into the RN program and succeed in the field.
While some of the more prestigious colleges are well-known and highly sought after it is important to understand what your best choices are for choosing a RN school.
1) What is the level of competition for the school you are applying to?
Before applying for the RN program at a college or university it is important to find out what level of competition that school has for students looking to get into the RN program.
In other words what GPA grade requirements are there, what percentage of students who apply for the nursing program actually get accepted, what prerequisites do you have to take and can you meet the GPA requirements that are expected of you to have a chance at getting into the program?
2) What types of programs do they offer?
While this may seem obvious it’s still important to point out.
If you plan on getting your bachelors or masters degree in the nursing field you’ll want to know if the school you are applying for offers that program, and you’ll want to know if your credits can be transferred to another school if they don’t offer the program you are looking for or you plan on moving in the future.
Another highly important thing to check is if they offer online courses, accelerated nursing programs and transfer credits.
Depending on your time frame and objectives for where you want to be in the nursing field and how fast you want to get there these are important questions that can help you decide if the college or university you plan on applying for is right for you.
And finally if you have a preferred field of nursing such as critical care or geriatrics check to see if the nursing school offers courses and/or certification programs in that particular field as this will not only look great on your resume but will also prepare you for work in the field.
3) What are the costs associated with going to a particular nursing school?
Cost is an extremely important factor for some students who are planning on spending the next 2 – 4 years or more in college .
Campus costs, books and supplies, dorm rooms and food should all be calculated to see if the school you are interested in fits your budget.
If you have a plan to pay back your school within a certain time frame or want to stay within a certain annual or per semester budget than understanding your true costs will help you gauge where you want to be.
4) Does the college or university offer a job placement program after you graduate?
While there are thousands of jobs available within the nursing field some students are still having difficulty finding jobs when they are fresh out of college without any real world nursing experience.
It could be beneficial to check and see if the nursing school you are applying to offers a placement program with a good track record of getting their students a job in the nursing field.
If you’re worried about your chances of finding a job in this field then this may help you decide on choosing a particular nursing school.