2 ASN vs BSN, LPN mobility to RN What s in the letters? Indiana Nursing programs Accreditation status The stamp of Approval Nursing school NCLEX pass rates Test taking, it DOES matter? Public vs Private vs Proprietary - What s the difference? Will my previous college credits transfer? Tuition Assistance Show me the $ List of questions to ask when shopping for a nursing school Additional Resources
3 ASN Associate of Science in Nursing Two year program, entry level position that provides direct care to individuals or families BSN Bachelor of Science in Nursing Four year program, provides direct and indirect nursing care to individuals, families, groups or communities that span the continuum of care. Emphasis on communication, health education and promotion, leadership and research Consider your future goals: Careers as a manager, educator, clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, military - all require a BSN foundation with graduate school for some.
4 Examine the number of credit hours the program requires. There are differences in the number of overall hours required. More hours isn t necessarily bad but look at the types of classes required. LPN to ASN - Univ of Indpls, Ivy Tech LPN to BSN Indiana State, Ball State May begin with ASN and do a BSN completion program later. Do note that some classes (especially science) may have an expiration date (6-10 years). If older may need to be repeated.
5 Consider an accelerated BSN degree Builds on previous education Takes months to complete IU, Purdue, Marian all offer completion programs This is an intense, rapidly progressing curriculum that requires full time study.
6 Visit ic4n.org website for a list of all the fully accredited nursing schools in Indiana and the programs they offer. Visit the individual school s website to look at curriculums (required classes), requirements for admission, and of course tuition.
7 Schools that are fully accredited meet specific levels of quality. Community Health Network defines fully accredited schools as having all the following criteria: Accredited by the ISBN (Indiana State Board of Nursing). For a list of ISBN accredited schools go to: Accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. Ex: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For a list of accredited schools go to: Accredited by one of 2 nationally recognized nursing accrediting bodies: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
8 Community Health Network education assistance program requires that the college must have ALL 3 accreditations. In addition, if you graduate from an ASN program that is not fully accredited, you may be unable to apply to a BSN program or may have additional requirements to enter program.
9 Community Health Network does not allow clinical rotations from Schools of Nursing that are not fully accredited. Student extern positions will not be offered to those enrolled in programs that are not fully accredited.
10 All associate and bachelor nurses must pass the NCLEX (National Council of Licensure Examination). Examine the pass rate trends for your interested school. Pass rates should generally be 85-90% consistently. For Indiana Schools of Nursing pass rates: If pass rates for your school are not listed, inquire with the school.
11 Nursing schools are either public, private or proprietary Public schools such as IU, Purdue, ISU, BSU, Ivy Tech are non-profit and supported by state funds tuition tends to be cheaper, class sizes may be larger Private schools non-profit, non-public such as Marian, U of I, Anderson receive no funding from the state tuition tends to be more expensive and class size smaller. Proprietary schools for profit such as Harrison College (IBC), ITT, Med Tech, Fortis privately owned and are developed primarily to teach vocational skills. No state funding so tuition tends to be higher. Mission of non-profit and for-profit institutions may vary.
12 If you have any previous college credit, take your transcript to the school you are interested in attending and have them review your transcript. DO NOT assume that any class will transfer. Have your transcript officially reviewed by the school. Colleges will be highly selective on what classes they will transfer especially those with a laboratory component. How many courses will transfer can significantly change your overall tuition bill. Do this BEFORE you are accepted so you have no surprises later! This is extremely important if you pursue an ASN degree with the intention of continuing on for BSN.
13 When shopping for a nursing school, questions to ask: What types of accreditations does your school hold? What is your NCLEX pass rate? What classes that I ve already taken will transfer? What is your tuition? How many credit hours is your program? What scholarships are available to students? How are you admitted to your program? What is the average GPA needed to be admitted? How is the GPA calculated?
14 Go online to nursing2000inc.org Good luck! Examples of schools in this powerpoint represent schools in central Indiana. Please see Nursing 2000 for a list of all Indiana schools.
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