How To Get Into Nursing School

Nursing is a great career for those who like helping others . You will have to like math, have excellent communication skills, and enjoy working on a health care...

Nursing is a great career for those who like helping others . You will have to like math, have excellent communication skills, and enjoy working on a health care team. Nursing school will teach you what you will need to know to succeed in a career as a nurse. Here’s the procedure and some advice that will help you in getting into nursing school.

Prerequisites for Nursing School

Depending upon your program, applicants may be required to fill additional class requirements, such as:

  • Biostatistics
  • Human growth and development
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Chemistry

If these courses seem interesting and you’re interested in being a part of a growing profession, this might be the perfect career choice for you.  Remember you’re going to learn a great deal more about each of these subjects in your nursing studies.

To earn a BSN degree, you will also have to take math, english, psychology, biology, chemistry, and much more. Consult the schools you’re considering to learn exactly what their requirements are.

Require the TEAS test

One of the basic requirements for enrolling in nursing school is taking  the Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) examination.  The TEAS exam is necessary to take to apply for nursing school. This test is a standardized exam that is given by the Assessment Technologies Institute.

If you do not normally perform well on standardized tests or they make you nervous, then you need to prepare for the exam by taking practice tests on the internet. Finding study partners and studying specialized practice books help.  Knowing what to expect is half the battle. Studying ahead of time will boost your confidence when you walk into the room to take your exam.

Prepare for your entrance interview

After your application is submitted and reviewed and all of the needed evaluations are approved, a school might be interested in you. You’ll have to be sure all your vaccinations are up-to-date, have a background check complete and be well prepared to sit for a meeting with the nursing dean or other high-level administrator at the program.

Schools have to be sure that you’re a right fit for their program, and it’s also an opportunity for you to make sure their program is right  for you. However, you still want to prepare: Make sure you look knowledgeable not only about the program, but also about nursing in general; be professional, both in demeanor and appearance, and promote yourself a bit –this is your chance to shine!

It’s still natural to be somewhat nervous. Prepare somewhat more by simply searching for expert tips on acing the interview. After you have had the meeting, all you can do is wait patiently until you hear back. This may be easier said than done, but the wait is usually worth it.

You’ll find that a lot of qualified applicants that aren’t admitted in their initial effort, second effort, third effort, etc. Hang in there and it will work out. It can be very discouraging, but realize that you are not the only one going through the process. Remain positive. That is a good all-around life skill to have.