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Choosing the Right Nursing School

So you want to join the health care profession but you’re not quite sure where to start. Dr. Juli Daniels, CCRN reports on endonurse.com five factors that you should consider when choosing a school to further your education.
1. Find the right program to meet your career goals – Daniels explains that, “The first thing to do is to decide on what level of nursing you would like to start.” Do you want to be an Vocational Nursing , RN or get your BSN? Should you become a Pharmacy Technician or Medical Assisting ? There are so many options, how much time and money do you want to invest before you start your new career?
2. Find the right school to meet your personal needs – What demands do you currently have in your life and what adjustments are you going to have to make as you pursue a new career? Do you have a full time job or a family to take care of? Maybe an online program or unconventional school would be better than say a state university. Also, Daniels recommends that, “if you had a difficult time in school in the past, you should look for a college that provides support services such as tutoring, faculty mentoring, small class sizes, and additional resources to help you be successful.”
3. Find a School with a Good Reputation – “First and foremost, you should consider their accreditation. There are typically two forms of accreditation—regional and national. Regional accreditation is held by institutions such as the University of Florida, Northwestern University, and the University of Minnesota, and while credit transfer is always determined by the accepting institution, credits from one regionally accredited college are more likely to transfer to another regionally accredited institution. National accreditation is typically held by career colleges,” Daniels explains. The second factor to consider is whether or not the school is approved by the nursing board in the state in which it is located. Each state has its own nursing board website for you to confirm whether the school is legitimate. Finally, get the opinion of others in the field. If you want to work at hospitals in your area and they have had negative contact with the school or graduates from the school you are planning on attending, that is obviously a bad sign. As those who know who are already working in the position you want about where they earned their certification.
4. Interact With the Faculty – You’re going to be spending a lot of time with these instructors. What is their experience in the field? Are they passionate about teaching?

If you are looking for a quality school to get you started in the health care industry in the San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Clara or Sacramento, consider Unitek College. They can help you reach your goals and have the reputation, flexibility and strong faculty that will get you to where you want to be.

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