Finding the right institution for yourself is just as difficult as it is to decide what career path you want to follow. If you have decided to become a nurse, whether it is because of the huge opportunities which are now available in this field or to fulfill your childhood dream, there are multiple factors you need to consider while selecting the right nursing school for yourself, some of which are as follows:
One of the foremost factors that you should consider while choosing a nursing school is to make sure it is accredited by a recognized accreditation agency i.e. either by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The accreditation of a school with either of these bodies makes sure that the curriculum of the school is up to date. They also review the school’s policies, teachers and its financial position.
Specialties and Career Goals
There are multiple specialties being offered in the field of nursing. Identify your interests and career goals to decide which specialty and nursing program will be right for you. For example, if you want to work at an administrative position within the field of nursing, you do not need to enroll in the program for a registered nurse; rather you should go for BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) and then MSN (Master of Science in Nursing).
So, identifying your interests and career goals is critical for finding the right nursing school for you.
Both public and private nursing schools have significant differences in their costs. A nursing program in a public school has a much lower tuition fee than in a private school. Therefore, do have a look at the fee structure of a nursing school before you finalize one and see if it is in your budget or if the school offers financial aid.
Considering the location of a nursing school is important both to save your transport cost and time. A nursing school that has a low tuition fee, but is far away from your home may not be preferred over the school that is close to your home, but has a slightly higher fee structure. This is because the school that is near to your home will save your travel time and transporting cost.
The importance of clinical rotations in nursing education cannot be ignored. It gives you the hands-on experience of working in real environment. Therefore, considering the health care facilities a school uses for clinical rotations is really important. Also, consider if the facilities they use are in the field you want to work in.
You cannot get your nursing license without passing the NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). Therefore, do find out the NCLEX passing rate of the nursing school to see how well it prepares its students.