Questions??? Advice??? Help???

  1. Is it better to attend a nursing school, community college or a university/hospital?
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  3. by   opalmRN
    Not quite sure what you mean by "better."

    Could you elaborate on your question.
  4. by   renerian
    Do you mean are the studies different?

  5. by   ava'smomRN
    I mean is better education provided, more clincal sites things like that. i always thought it was a better idea to go to a school that specilized in a specific program but i want tp know if it really matters when it comes to a feild such as nursing
  6. by   renerian
    Wow that depends on the program and such. I know I went to a technical college with two days per week clinicals. The diploma program at the hospital had three days so even though the degree was different they had more clinical. I think it also depends on if you want an associate degree or a bachelors degree. I don't think if you want to work in a hospital they care if your a ADN or BSN. One enables you to climb the clinical ladder in some places.

    Does any of this help?

  7. by   colleen10
    Aside from a particular programs noteriety as being good or bad, I think one of the most important things you should look at is their accredidation and the # of students that pass the State Boards.

    For example, we have a private university in Pittsburgh that is very expensive and prestigous in general for all majors, except when you look at the Nursing program and see how low their # of students is that pass the Boards and that they have lost their accredidation in the past. You'd be better off going to the local CC that has a much higher pass rate, especially for first timers, and has not lost their accredidation.

    If you can't get past the Boards and get the license having the most expensive school on your resume still isn't going to get you a job as an RN.

    As for clinical sites, in Pittsburgh I can't really say that there is any difference whether you go to a CC, State University, Hospital Diploma Program or Private College. We have a ton of hopsitals, each with a certain speciality and all the Nursing programs go to pretty much all of the same sites.
  8. by   Vsummer1
    Ditto to the above... the pass rate for the NCLEX is very important. No one is an RN without it!
  9. by   ava'smomRN
    thanks everyone i found your advice very helpful.thanks for reminding me about the test rate i wasnt even thinking of it
  10. by   renerian
    Glad to be of any help I can.........I know our class had 500 in it when we started. WE ended up with 250 who graduated and I think all but four passed their boards.