Applying for nursing school can sound easy, but after the initial application process there is a long waiting list to get through. There are also various prerequisites you have to meet before getting into a nursing program. There are many nursing school requirements you may not have thought of before. Here are some basic requirements for any student wishing to enter the nursing field.
First, you will need to find an accredited medical school that is willing to accept your application. Make sure the school has been accredited by the National Board of Nursing Accreditation. You may have to do a little research in order to find out if your chosen school is accredited and meets the requirements you have. Also, you want to make sure that the school is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. If you need any information on the school and their accreditation status, you can get it from the school's website.
Second, you will need to meet all state and local high school graduation requirements. Most states require that a student at least attend a public junior or senior high school and pass both the state and district exam. For further information, visit the state's Department of Health. Once you have met the requirements, you will need to find out how you can transfer to a junior or senior high school in your area. There is a program for students who want to go to college instead of going straight into nursing school. These programs are available at various community colleges as well as vocational schools and technical schools. If you are not sure which program to choose, contact a counselor at the school that will be accepting your transfer.
Third, if you are not attending a nursing program yet, you will need to get your undergraduate degree before applying to a nursing program. You should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all of your credits and have taken one year of college classes that are directly related to nursing. You will be required to submit a letter of intent, which is a legal document that states the reason for your interest in a nursing program and what you expect to get out of it. The admission process may take a few weeks, so you will need to prepare well in advance to assure that you make the best of a successful application.
Once you have your nursing degree, you will need to complete a minimum number of one year of clinical experience in a nursing facility. This experience will include being a part of a team that provides care for patients. those with special needs. If you are a registered nurse, you should work under a registered nurse (RN) and have worked as a nursing assistant before and you should get . . . . . . experience working with a doctor, therapist and nurse on the surgical team. When you have completed the requirements, you will need to submit a statement of interest to the nursing program that states why you are interested in this particular program.
These requirements are basic to beginning the nursing program, but the list of prerequisites is not complete without taking an entrance exam. This exam can take several weeks to finish but can give you the best idea of what the program is like and how it will fit your needs.