So you have decided to apply for the nursing program in your college. Congratulations, it's a big step and not one that should be taken lightly. Nursing school is a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice. You must really be focused on the goal of completion and make nursing school your priority, (your life).
Nursing school is tough, but the reward at the end of it all is pretty wonderful. The career options for nurses are vast. There are so many opportunities out there that it is hard to decide on one specialty. Unlike other many other jobs, if you don't like the specialty you are working in then you can always switch to something else that floats your boat. You will also have a lot of growth potential in your income.
The application process for acceptance into nursing school can be a bit daunting if you allow it to be. Try to stay calm about the process and know that there are some things you can do to increase your chances of being accepted.
Do Your Research
Research the application requirements and understand them very clearly.
Know what criterria they are looking for in order for you to be accepted. Is there a certain GPA required either from high school or from previous college credits. Talk to an admissions representative. These people are there to help you sift through everything. While most nursing programs have many similarities in requirements for application, they are not all alike. Most colleges require you to have a certtain number of prerequisite credit hours, before you can apply.
Some colleges require you to write an essay and submit it with your application. They usually want to know why you think you would be a good candidate for nursing school. If this is necessary for the school you are applying to, think it out. Correct any mistakes and grammatical errors before you submit it.
If you have been out of high school a while, before you apply to nursing school, ( and before you take any prerequisites), take some refresher courses. Many times you don't get credit for taking them, but having them under your belt will help you grasp more complicated subject matter.
If you are still in high school then there are some things you need to consider while you are at this stage in your education. Take your school work seriously. Don't miss classes and do your class work and homework to the best of your ability. Take as many math and science classes as you can. Keep those grades up they will help you gain the dedication required for nursing school as well as increasing your chances of being accepted, over other candidates. You should also be commended for realizing your goals early in life. It's always a good idea to continue on from high school to college as you already have the study habits you need for success in nursing school.