What to Look for in a Nursing School
You’ve decided on a nursing career, and now it’s time to choose where you will earn your degree. To make the most of your career, it pays to have a bachelor’s. More and more employers demand it, to ensure you’re well-prepared for this challenging profession. And a BS with nursing major from a liberal arts college is especially valued; a liberal arts education will give you vital communication and critical thinking skills and a well-rounded background.
Now, how do you know which college is right for you? Here are some factors to consider:
Accreditation—Your school should be accredited by either the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Eduation (CCNE) and approved by the state nursing board.
Cedar Crest College is fully accredited by NLNAC, a member of both NLN and AACN, and approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing.
Quality of faculty—Look at the number of full-time (vs part-time) faculty members and how many are doctorate-level. Make sure they represent a full range of nursing specialties including medical-surgical, maternal-newborn, pediatric, geriatric, mental health and community health.
Cedar Crest College has 17 full-time faculty in all nursing specialties plus advanced areas like nursing informatics and nursing administration. All hold a master’s or doctoral degree, and the proportion of doctorates is high. Click here to learn more about our faculty.
Pass rate on licensure exams—A high-quality nursing school will prepare you thoroughly for your exam to become licensed as a registered nurse, as evidenced by a high pass rate among its students.
Cedar Crest College graduates consistently score above the State Board of Nursing mandated pass rate on their licensing exams.
Facilities—Nursing study involves hands-on education as well as classroom time, and up-to-date facilities will make a real difference in the quality of your learning. Ask about multimedia labs, simulation centers and a variety of care settings.
Cedar Crest College offers state-of-the-art facilities that are some of the finest in the region. Click here to view our facilities.
Location—Make sure your clinical study opportunities include top-quality hospitals and a variety of other settings, both urban and rural.
Cedar Crest College students perform their clinical studies at the region’s top-rated facilities; most just minutes away from campus.