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Educational Guidance
 This page was last updated on 15-Jun-02

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Educational Guidance
ooking for help getting started as you plot out a course to becoming a nurse?  Not sure how to go about finding the right school or program?  Or how to finance it?  Look no further - we've complied some great information and resources for you!

Selecting a Program

There are many factors to consider when you are looking for a nursing program.  Finding a school is the easy part!  Other personal concerns may have a significant impact on which program will work best for you.  What you need to find is a program that is a good fit for your career goals and is flexible enough to accomodate your outside responsibilities (work, family, household, etc.).  Click the following link for pointers on finding a nursing program that is a "perfect fit!"
Planning Your Path

Career Options

You know you want to be a nurse...but what KIND of nurse?  Nursing is no longer a singular occupation; in fact, there are enough career options to fit every personality and lifestyle.  Want to work during school hours, so you can be home when your children are?  Try School Nursing!  Looking for a little excitement and a chance to see the country?  Try Travel Nursing!  The possibilities are endless - the choice is up to you.  Click on the following link to learn more about the variety of career options in nursing:
Career Profiles

Help with the Cost

Unless you are independently wealthy, the cost of nursing education is probably a concern.  We've tracked down some fantastic resources to help you find grants and other funding to offset the cost:
Financial Aid

Keeping Track of Your GPA

Many nursing programs require that you complete a certain number of prerequisite courses prior to admission.  Nursing programs, on the whole, have what is called a "selective admissions process."  This means you are competing for spots in the program with many other pre-nursing students.  While your grade-point average isn't the only thing an admissions committee looks at, it IS important.  Some programs require a minimum GPA to even be considered.  Use our handy online GPA Calculator to keep track of your GPA:
GPA Calculator

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