Originally posted by Jangel
I have decided to start out getting a 2 year degree at either Anoka Ramsey Community College or North Hennepin Community college but I am unsure how to decide which one is the best or which is right for me.
Visit them while school is in session. Attend during a hands-on lab session. Look, listen and feel for the feedback from the students. Speak to the seniors, and ask them if they feel prepared to function. Often the seniors who voice some ambivilence about their readiness are the better prepared, more realistic ones. The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know.
Call some area hospitals (or Nursing Homes or clinics - where ever you see yourself working after graduation) that you are interested in working in after graduation and speak to the Staff Development Nurse or the Director of Nurses. They will probably tell you quite frankly which schools they like and for what reason.
I went for my BSN right away, so I'm likely to say...if that's your goal anyway, why not go to the University? There isn't a better rated school of nursing in Minnesota.