5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Nursing School
Published on March 7, 2017 by Concordia Portland ABSN
Starting nursing school shouldn’t intimidate you, it should inspire you! In the highly respected field of nursing, excitement and the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life await you. However, forging your own nursing school exploration takes time and dedication.
The challenging nature of nursing school is exactly what is needed to prepare you for the challenging nature of the career itself. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. So, if you’re truly serious about getting into nursing school, don’t let any obstacles prevent you from achieving your end goal of becoming a successful registered nurse (RN).
Once you enroll in our Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program in Portland there is much to look forward to. We’ve identified 5 things you should know before starting nursing school at Concordia University.
1. You have a growing support system, right off the bat.
Our accelerated nursing program will provide you with everything you need to succeed, including a growing support system. From the moment you get started, you will find that your support system is bigger than your fears.
That’s because our dedicated enrollment specialists are your go-to cure for any nursing school application anxiety. Once you call, they will get to know you and ask questions to find out what you are looking for in an accelerated nursing program, based on your specific circumstances. From there, they will help you develop a personalized enrollment plan to determine your target start date. Your personalized plan will provide you with a big picture, including when to take prerequisites.
The good news is the support you receive doesn’t end after moving on from admissions. You’ll receive support throughout the entire program; from clinical instructors in skills lab to your tight-knit cohort family.
2. You are in demand.
Your decision to apply to nursing school was certainly a smart one. As our nation faces a growing nursing shortage, not only will you have the opportunity to work in a variety of medical settings, but job security for nurses is expected to stay strong.
According to The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, based on completed responses from 515 schools of nursing, 43.7% of hospitals and other healthcare settings are requiring new hires to have a bachelor’s degree in nursing (up 4.6 percentage points since 2012), while 78.6% of employers are expressing a strong preference for BSN program graduates.
Due to the rising baby boomer population, shortages are expected to widen across the entire spectrum of care but one area is expected to take the largest hit: nursing.
Hospitals are seeking out BSN prepared nurses for their prized for skills in critical thinking, leadership, case management, health promotion, and their ability to practice across a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings.
Through online coursework, hands-on labs and in-hospital clinical rotations, you will learn to provide care for the whole patient—mind, body, and spirit along with bridging the nursing shortage gap to excel in a variety of health care professions, including:
- Hospital Nurse
- Urgent Care Nurse
- School Nurse
- Military Nurse
- Hospice Nurse
- Health Care Educator
- Research Analyst
- Medical Sales Representative
- And, more!
3. You are on the fastest route.
With no wait list and three class starts a year (January, May, and August), you can graduate a career-ready nurse with a quality BSN in as few as 16 months. However, don’t forget about the “accelerated” aspect of the program. Because the program is rigorous and fast-paced, it’s best to view it as a full-time job.
It’s true, our program is sure to challenge you each step of the way. But don’t forget about your dedicated university community. They are willing to provide you with added guidance so you’ll never feel alone on your journey.
Also, keep reminding yourself of your end goal; this program is a short-term, 16-month commitment with long-lasting successful outcomes. Once you reach graduation and stand alongside your cohort, you’ll feel a strong sense of accomplishment and pride.
4. No prior healthcare experience? No problem.
Many people think you have to have previous healthcare experience or a previous degree in order to apply to a nursing program, but that is not always the case – specifically with Concordia University. As long as you have some college credit from a regionally accredited institution, you may be eligible to quickly get started on your BSN degree. Contact an enrollment specialist to discuss your eligibility.
5. Prerequisites are your foundation to success!
Before getting started in our accelerated nursing program, it’s crucial that you complete all required prerequisite courses. Your ABSN prerequisites pave a path for you to get into the program and are a surefire way to ensure that students, like you, begin the accelerated nursing program with a primary understanding of knowledge. Prerequisite courses give you a taste of what to expect in the ABSN nursing curriculum and, after completing, will equip you with the skills you need to be successful in the program.
Get started on the right foot before getting into nursing school
The decision to pursue a career in nursing is surely an important one. Now that you know what to expect, you should feel self-assured and ready to hit the ground running. Contact an ABSN enrollment specialist or check out our FAQ page to pursue your passion for nursing today!