Suppose I don’t know if I really want to be a Nurse, should I become a Nursing assistant first?
-Some exposure to a health care setting would be helpful. One way of getting a first hand look at patient care would be to work as a CNA.
How long will it take to complete the associate degree nursing program?
-Pre-nursing courses may take a year to complete if you attend full-time and have no other college coursework.
Am I a registered nurse (RN) when I complete my nursing program?
-No. Once you have earned your Degree in Nursing, you will be eligible to take the State Board Licensing Exam (NCLEX-RN). Upon passing this examination you are issued the RN license.
How much time do I need to set aside to study for the pre-clinical classes?
-The rule of thumb is three hours of study for each hour spent in class.
Is there financial aid available to nursing students?
-You may be eligible for Financial Aid. See the Financial Aid Office in the Counseling Center at your home college for information.
What facilities are used for clinical assignments?
-Local hospitals and community agencies if applicable. Each college has facilities earmarked for clinical experience in their service regions.
If I don’t get into the nursing program, are there other health related fields I can get into?