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Nursing School Prerequisites

The prerequisites for nursing schools depend on the level of degree program you wish to enroll in. For admission to an associate’s degree program, you need to have a high school diploma with Science, Math, English and Social Studies. You will also have to meet the minimum GPA requirements of the school you are applying to. Some schools may prefer students who have also studied general education subjects in high school.
For a bachelor’s degree program, you need to meet the minimum GPA requirements with a high school diploma in science. A background in subjects such as psychology, statistics, pathology and physiology may make your application stronger. In some cases, you may be required to complete lower-level foundation courses in nursing and related subjects before the actual coursework begins.
At a master’s degree level, you should have a bachelor’s in nursing, a nursing license, some work experience and letter(s) of reference.
Other nursing school requirements may include an entrance exam like the Pre-Admission Exam for RN (registered nurse) students conducted by the National League for Nursing (NLN), the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) or  the Nurse Entrance Test (NET).
Nursing School Rankings
Though there are a number of things, like where you want to live and how you will fund your education, that help you decide which school to choose, looking at the institution’s ranking of is always a good decision. This allows you to compare various schools and can help you make the right choice. Usually, rankings are based on factors such as faculty, graduation percentages and student retention. Below is a list of the top ten nursing school rankings for 2012-2013 as given by the U.S. News. This can help you choose the school which will be best for you:
1.  Johns Hopkins University - Baltimore
2.  University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
3.  University of Washington - Seattle
4.  University of California - San Francisco
5.  University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
6.  Duke University - Durham
7.  Oregon Health and Science University - Portland
8. University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
9.  University of Pittsburgh
10.  Yale University - New Haven

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