Consider These Factors When Choosing a Nursing School

What should you consider when choosing a nursing school?

Once you've made the decision to become a nurse, the next big question you have to ask yourself is, "Where should I go to nursing school?" There are a variety of factors to consider, and knowing exactly where to start can be a bit overwhelming. As you begin your search, ask yourself these questions:

Where is the school located?
Commute time will have to be factored into your class schedule, and if you don't want to move in order to attend nursing school, location will be a big factor in your decision. However, you can circumvent this entire issue by earning your degree from an online program, which can be completed no matter where you are.

Does it have the program you're looking for?
Are you planning on becoming a registered nurse, or are you trying to advance your career with a B.S. in nursing? Make sure the school not only has the programs you are looking for, but also has enough flexibility to fit your schedule.

Is it accredited?
Make sure the school you choose is accredited by either the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC). That way you can be sure your curriculum is up to the proper education standards that will help you have a successful career.

Will you get clinical experience?
Clinical rotations are an important part of any nursing program, so take a good look at what is offered. You'll want to gain as much true-to-life experience as possible so you're fully prepared to take on the job once you've earned your degree.

This article is sponsored by Western Governors University, a nonprofit, accredited, online university. WGU offers online RN to BSN and BSN to MSN degree programs to working nurses who already have a current RN license. To find out more, please visit our website at

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