So, you’re here because you’ve been thinking about applying to Nursing School. Let me save you some time and answer the questions you are already wondering, because I was once in your position, and have the info right here!
What are my options?
Assuming you have already finished high school, there are a few routes you can take to become a nurse. First, you can enroll in a practical nursing program and become a LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse). You could also enroll in an Associates or Bachelors degree Nursing program and earn your spot to sit for the NCLEX-RN and become a Registered Nurse. In my opinion, where healthcare is going today, you will have more opportunities in a career as a Registered Nurse.
If you need help deciding which nursing path you want to take, check out this link describing the difference between an LPN and an RN.
However, before applying to Nursing School, there will be some steps you need to take prior to sending out applications. Don’t fret, I will tell you those steps, just keep reading!
What do I need to do before applying?
You need to do some research on the Nursing programs in your area, or where you are willing to travel, and look at their admission criteria. After narrowing down your choice of programs based on distance, tuition, and accreditation status, you want to see what prerequisites are required to enter their program. Most nursing programs require you to take a basic college level math course, microbiology, Anatomy & Physiology, general chemistry, psychology, statistics, and the program’s required core classes. This could take a full year or two before moving into their main nursing classes, but whether you’re straight out of high school or deciding to go back to school, this is generally the path to their main nursing classes.
Check this link out for a more descriptive post on pre-nursing studies.
After completing the prerequisites for your desired program, it’s finally time to apply for their Nursing Program, which include more in depth nursing classes and clinical courses.
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