Utica College's Accelerated Nursing Blog

[Infographic] What is Nursing School Like? What to Expect First & Second Semester

Ask the question, “What is nursing school like?” to working nurses and they will likely tell you it to you straight — it’s tough. You’ll learn quickly during your first semester that it requires you to work hard and study even harder, leaving you little time for much else. While accelerated nursing school can get…

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Categories: Accelerated Nursing, Clinical Rotations, Hands-On Labs, Online Nursing Coursework

One ABSN Grad’s 6 Steps to Become a Nurse Through Our Program

Lester had plans to play professional basketball overseas, but after witnessing a car crash, he could no longer ignore his desire to help people. He recalls the chaotic scene: People running to where a taxi driver had run over a couple. Lifting up the cab. Panicking. Calling 911. “Someone asked if there was a doctor…

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Categories: Advice, Become a Nurse, Nursing Inspiration, Student Stories

Dominique’s Story: Why Going to Nursing School Out of State Is Worth It

A California native, Dominique earned her bachelor’s in health science in 2016. Her goal was always to become a nurse, so she wanted to leverage that degree and go to nursing school out of state. Specifically, she wanted to attend nursing school in New York. She had personal reasons for wanting to pursue her path…

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Categories: Accelerated Nursing, Relocated, Student Stories, Syracuse, NY

4 Ways Diverse Nursing School Clinicals Prepare You for Your Nursing Career

Clinicals are the cornerstone of your learning experience as a nursing school student. They build upon your coursework and simulation lab experience while allowing you to develop your nursing skills in a variety of patient care scenarios. And if there’s one thing we know about nursing it’s this: you have to be ready for just…

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Categories: Accelerated Nursing, Clinical Placements, Clinical Rotations

6 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Second Career Nurse

Can I do it? Can I really change course and become a second career nurse? If you’re reading this blog post, you’ve probably asked yourself these questions more than a handful of times. We get it. Deciding to start over down a new professional path is not a choice you enter into lightly. To help…

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Categories: Accelerated Nursing, Second Degree

A New Path: 3 Students Make the Change from Non-Nursing Degree to BS in Nursing

Maybe you’re a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) or Patient Care Technician (PCT) who wants to transition to an RN job to develop deeper relationships with patients or to increase your salary potential. Or maybe your ultimate goal is to become a nurse practitioner or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and a bachelor’s in nursing is…

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Categories: Changed Careers, Student Stories

The Best Advice for Students Starting Nursing School

Starting nursing school can be thrilling and nerve-wracking at the same time, especially when you are diligently searching for the right nursing program. But with the right advice, you can begin your nursing school journey with ease. If you’re changing careers, or already have some college credits under your belt, why not leverage your academic…

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Categories: Advice, Student Stories

Why NCLEX Pass Rates Matter When Choosing the Right Nursing School

If you’re looking into nursing programs and wondering if their NCLEX pass rates should be on your radar, know that they absolutely should be. Understanding how you will be prepared for arguably the most important step of your nursing journey, will help you decide which school is the best fit for you. Regardless of which…

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Categories: Accelerated Nursing, NCLEX

Recognizing Excellence: How Utica College Honors Nursing Students Who Go Above and Beyond

Measuring a nursing student’s success goes beyond passing tests, especially in the Utica College Accelerated BSN program in the Tampa Bay area. It’s also about character, dedication, and determination. Utica College believes those nursing students who go above and beyond deserve recognition so they have developed the ABSN St. Petersburg Student of Excellence Award. The…

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Categories: Awards, News & Events, Student Stories

Change Majors to Nursing: How Your Coursework Prepared You

Switching your major in undergraduate school is not uncommon, but it can be daunting if you’ve already taken several courses in another field. If it means having to start over, the decision to change majors to nursing may not be appealing. That’s a concern many students have when they realize they want to be a…

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Categories: Accelerated Nursing, Second Degree