Before thinking of nursing school admissions, prospective nursing students must decide on the type of nurse they aspire to be. Here are some of the examples.
Certified Nursing Assistant – Course duration is approximately 75 hours (class hours).
LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) / LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse)
The majority of the LVN / LPN program duration is one year. Please note: These professionals are addressed as LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses) in Texas and California, while the rest of the country addresses them as (Licensed Practical Nurses) LPNs.
An aspiring RN (Registered Nurse) can opt for an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree.
LPN (The Licensed Practical Nurse) and LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse) generally do not require pre-requisites apart from English language skills and basic-level education. However, other nursing programs mostly require basic education, language skills plus a good score in TOEFL, SAT or ACT tests (depending on the nursing school).
Nursing School Selection Process
After you consider proximity, tuition fees, etc., you need to make sure the nursing school that you select is accredited by any of the below accrediting bodies:
- The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or CCNE
- The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
- The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and more