There are several things you need to think about when determining where to get your heathcare education. One thing you will want to check out is how the graduates do when taking the test for their license. This should be fairly easy to find out. You will surely want to go to a health care school that you can feel confident will prepare you to pass the state exam. Everyone’s needs are different depending on lifestyle, family needs, career goals and financial status. Here are some basic things to consider and questions to ask yourself:
- Are there nursing schools available near your home?
- How far can you travel to attend classes?
- Do you want to relocate or live somewhere else during school time? There are several nursing schools in all states. You can even find nursing schools in Hawaii or the Caribbean! But beware that schools usually charge more for tuition for out of state students.
- Some nursing schools have long waiting lists to get into the program, so if you can broaden your range of acceptable schools, you may get started quicker.
- If you are unsure what options are available in your area, just do a search on the internet. Nursing programs take a lot of time for studying, so it’s best if you don’t have to drive for very long. But if that is your only option, you can make recordings and study on the drive.
- Visit the schools that interest you the most. If you are not able to visit, check out the websites and learn all you can.
Size of the Nursing School
- Do you like the close attention and more personal feel of a small nursing school or the larger type school?
- How many nursing students are accepted each quarter/semester or year?
- Check out the student to faculty ration. You want to make sure the instructor will have time for you and you can get all the help you need.
- Does the school have classes scheduled that are convenient for you?
- Nursing clinicals are your hands-on practice time with patients. It’s what gets you ready for the patient-caregiver relationship. You will work side by side with real nurses so you can get a feel for what they do every day. Many students worry they will make a mistake during this time, but the instructors and nurses will monitor your work very closely. Find out what clinical sites are used by the school and how far they are from your home. Do these clinical sites have a good reputation?
- How much clinical time is available at the school? Will you get enough experience to be prepared when you go out into the workforce?
- Does the school offer a well rounded clinical experience from various types of nursing settings? Most schools are using simulated labs to teach skills, but you will need hands on practice with real people as well.
Exam Pass Rate
- This will give you a good idea of how well the school is preparing the students. If the passing rate is low, steer clear of that school. Look back at least 5 years worth of data.