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Do you have any suggestions for colleges in California to study nursing?

Thursday March 28, 2013
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Dear Donna,

I am a junior in high school and I am having a hard time choosing a college to study nursing. Do you have any suggestions for colleges in California?

Future Nurse

Dear Donna replies:

Dear Future Nurse,

There are so many good colleges in California that offer BSN degrees, I couldn't possibly recommend one over the other. I do advise you to enroll in a BSN program (as opposed to an ADN program), but know that many college BSN programs have a one to three year waiting list.

If you plan to live at home and commute, explore those colleges within a reasonable distance. If you plan to live at school, look into those costs. Inquire about the NCLEX pass rate, waiting lists, prerequisites, financial aid and costs per credit. You might have to apply to several schools to see where you can get accepted and how soon you can get started in the nursing program.

Contact your state board of nursing (http://www.rn.ca.gov/schools/index.shtml) for a list of accredited schools, NCLEX pass rates and more.

You might find these websites helpful — Campaign for Nursing’s Future (www.discovernursing.com) and the National Student Nurse Association (www.nsna.org).

Best wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nurse.com’s “Dear Donna” and author of “Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional” and “The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career.” Information about the books is available at www.Nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.Nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.Nurse.com/Asktheexperts/Deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call 800-866-0919 or visit http://Events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.