Welcome to BestNursingDegree.com, the web’s most complete directory of nursing education programs. We’re constantly looking for more schools and programs to include, to make sure the database is as fresh and useful as possible, so please let us know if you think we’re missing any schools or programs. There are a few ways to search this data.
1. Check out the links on the left hand side of this page for listings of specific types of nursing degree programs, including online nursing degree programs.
2. If you want to browse nursing schools by state, use the links below to access the individual state pages. These pages contain detail on the state itself (nursing links and data for each state) as well as more detail on the schools in that state that offer Nursing Education Programs.
What to Look For
You should make sure to contact multiple schools, so you can compare their requirements, offerings, cost, and so on. There are many differences between the schools, even for identical programs.
Some of the key things to ask the schools about include:
- Tuition (of course...). Make sure to ask what kind of financial aid they provide, as well as whether they know of nursing education scholarships you might be eligible for. There are more of these every day - both the government as well as nonprofits realize that we need to encourage people to join the nursing profession.
- Licensure Requirements - programs that are aimed at current RNs or LPNs/LVNs will require you to have an active RN or LPN/LVN license. Some will require that your license be in the state the school is located in, whereas others will accept students who are licensed in other states, so you should make sure to ask them about this.
- Residency Requirements - for entry level nursing programs, plan on going to school near where you live. We wish we could tell you that you’ll have all kinds of distance learning options, but you won’t. The best you can hope for in most cases is night and weekend classes, and maybe a couple of online classes to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on campus. If you’re already an RN or LPN/LVN, and are going back to school, make sure to ask what kinds of part-time, distance learning, or other flexible arrangements the program offers. Programs for working RNs often offer a substantial portion of their classes online.
Again, all of these requirements vary by school, so you will need to speak directly with each school to understand their exact requirements and what you may need to do to prepare.
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