Nurses: Learn How Choose the Right Nursing School for YOU

AURORA, Colo. – August 4, 2016 – Summer is winding down, and it’s that time again – back to school season. American Sentinel University’s Ready, Set, Grow series walks adult learners through the process of going back to school, this week we outline how to choose the right school for you. 

Ready, Set, Grow! – Choosing the Right School

When it comes to going back to school, many RNs feel anxious about being plunged into a foreign culture—a classroom filled with 18-year old nursing students right out of high school, for example, or stern instructors ready to call out every error. You’ll want to choose a school with a culture that you can fit into comfortably.

The good news is, with the current push for nurses to advance their education, large numbers of nurses in their 30s, 40s, and 50s are returning to school—so online programs have evolved to meet the needs of nurses like you. Online education is far more flexible than on-campus education, eliminating commute times and traditional semester calendars. At American Sentinel, you can begin a course during any month of the year. 

You may also feel more comfortable with a nursing education that is based on an adult learning model, as with American Sentinel University. This means your work experience and existing clinical skills will form the foundation for learning new academic concepts related to nursing—so you won’t just be memorizing facts for the test. You’ll relate to your coursework immediately, and be able to apply it to your current job.

What’s more, you’ll have something in common with your instructors right away: the fact that you are all dedicated, experienced nurses with a desire never to stop learning. The key to a truly interactive culture is instructors who encourage feedback and persuade everyone to participate—the result is a truly dynamic learning experience.

If you’re juggling education with work and family, you’ll also want to find a supportive academic environment. Look for a school that assigns a dedicated student success advisor—this is a great sign that the school regards you as a real person, with a need for ongoing encouragement and support, rather than just one more student to push through the system.

At American Sentinel University, our personal success advisors are well acquainted with our nursing course work and can help to guide you as you become comfortable with distance learning. Your advisor will be available to you through phone, email, or live chat, and can also help you navigate computer issues, the research process, etc.

Of course, you need to choose a school you can afford. If you’re shopping around and comparing prices at several schools, be sure you’re comparing apples to apples.

American Sentinel prices its tuition per semester credit hour, while some other schools charge per quarter hour or even by a flat fee per term or semester. The easiest way to compare schools’ total tuition price is to know how many credit hours you’ll need to graduate, and then multiple by the price per credit hour.

If this sounds complicated, we invite you to download our free e-book,
Make Sure You’re Not Comparing Apples to Oranges, which includes a school comparison worksheet. At American Sentinel, we want you to choose the right school for you, even if that means you attend a different school. Call our Admissions Department to discuss options today at 866.922.5690. 

American Sentinel University’s new 8-part blog ‘Ready, Set, Grow!’ available at walks adult learners through the process of going back to school.

This week the series features different nursing career path options. Each week the series will feature a new resource, so be sure to check back each week to pick up the new tool. 

About American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, M.S. Information Systems Management, and M.S. Business Intelligence and Analytics). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

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