Today, nurses are in demand like never before, and aspiring medical professionals are responding to the call. In response to trend, which is expected to increase even more in coming years, nursing educational nursing institutions are responding with new campuses, class offerings and online training modules.
Still, many of them have a difficult time in admitting many qualified students because of high demand for the coursework. And this leaves many, frustrated and on waiting lists for acceptance into the school of their choice. If you find yourself in this situation, to follow are some practical tips for getting yourself to the top of the list.
-- Grades Matter
With a lower GPA, you obviously have a slimmer chance of getting accepted into a traditional nursing school. This, of course, is because the large number of applicants and many highly qualified candidates. If you find yourself in the is situation, contact the admissions counselor at the school and find out the average GPA of the last entering class. If you fall within the average range, it would probably be wise to apply to that school. And even if your undergraduate GPA is slightly below the average, it might still be worth your time. If you fall widely outside of the average range on the low end, it’s probably best to develop an alternative game plan. The key is putting your academic record in context of other applicants and to keep in mind the total number of applicants as well.
-- You Have Many Schools To Choose From
Find a complete list of the accredited nursing schools in your state, which is usually found on the website. Take the data, and make a comprehensive list of all the schools that are realistic choices for you. Obviously, if a school is too far away or in an area where you aren’t willing to move, then you should cross the school off of your list.
-- The Internet May Be Your Best Option
Many community colleges now offer online programs to get your accreditation as an LPN, RN or paramedic to RN nursing school programs. If you study for your LPN degree first, it is way easier to find programs that offer LPN to RN transition programs. The most important thing to find out with respect to online programs is whether or not your state accepts these degrees in the licensing process.
-- So, I've Got A Degree...Now What?
Instead of lining yourself up for a traditional nursing school, maybe you want to consider getting a degree in paramedics, LPN, or respiratory therapy first, and then get an online LPN to RN or Paramedic to RN degree while you work in the health profession. Or, you may opt to attend a private career colleges that, while a bit more expensive, will have you on your way to graduation and in the nursing profession in a potentially shorter period of time.
-- Gathering Your Records
Get all your scholastic records ready, including high school or college transcripts. Explore the admissions process at the schools of your choice and get the applications in. The earlier you get them in and the more of them you send out, the better your chances will be.
Nursing school waiting lists are no fun, but you can minimize or eliminate the time you spend on one by following these helpful suggestions.
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