Congratulations on choosing nursing as your future career field! Nursing is pursued by people from a variety of backgrounds and goals, so that means there are many options available for obtaining nursing degrees. While you plan for your educational path towards nursing, it is extremely important that you explore all of the options available to you to make sure you have chosen the right path.
Choosing Nursing Schools
- The main priority when choosing nursing schools to apply to is making sure that they are accredited by the board of nursing.
- Otherwise, you will not be able to take the NCLEX at the end of the program.
- Make sure you talk with admissions officers and faculty at the schools you are looking into, to make sure the program is a good fit for you.
- Check out the school's website to check its prerequisites and work toward getting all the admissions requirements.
- There is no set prerequisite coursework for nursing school (each school sets its own prerequisites), so you must be ahead of the game in terms of choosing schools and planning your undergraduate classes!
- Be aware of the admissions test (if any) that each school requires you to take.
- Search engine for Master's and PhD programs in nursing
- Some programs (especially BSN programs) require you to take the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)
- Some CNL programs (depending on the school and/or your undergraduate GPA) require you to take the GRE
- Be aware of which test you need to take to apply to the programs you hope to get into, and plan ahead!
Nursing Scholarships and Loan Repayment Assistance
Bureau of Clinician Recruitment And Service (Overview PDF)
- If you are interested in more programs where you agree to work in underserved areas in exchange for tuition assistance, look at the Health Resources and Services Administration site, or do a google search for Health professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) to learn more about such programs.
To get you started: UMD Nursing Programs
**If you are interested in becoming a nurse practitioner, check it out at ExploreHealthCareers.org.