How to Prepare for a Nursing School Advising Appointment at Utica College

Prepare for nursing advisingAs 2013 draws to a close, there’s no better time than now to identify your goals for the upcoming year. If you’re thinking about going back to school for a bachelor’s degree in nursing, the best way to learn more about the process is to talk to a nursing school advisor. It’s so important, in fact, that an advising appointment in the first step in exploring Utica College’s second degree accelerated nursing program in New York.

Advising appointments don’t take a lot of time; in fact, they can save you time by helping you determine if Utica is the right place for you before you invest a lot of effort into the admissions process. If you wish to move forward, it’s also a prime time to outline a game plan for completing your application. Here are three things you can do to get the most out of your advising appointment for nursing school at Utica College:

1. Obtain copies of your transcripts.

Utica has baseline eligibility requirements that every student must satisfy before applying to our program. However, each candidate’s to-do list will vary based on previous coursework. Before your appointment, reach out to each institution you’ve attended to obtain copies of your transcripts. Your advisor will review your coursework and identify which requirements have been fulfilled and which ones you still need to complete. For example, if your first bachelor’s degree was completed outside of the United States, you’ll need to order a course-by-course degree evaluation from World Education Services. If your previous undergraduate coursework is light in the biological and social sciences, you’ll need to take several nursing prerequisites before you can dive into a baccalaureate nursing curriculum.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for this appointment; however, we’ll need official transcripts to consider your application complete.

2. Write down your concerns.

Your admissions advisor will provide detailed information about how the program works, the types of classes you’ll take and so on, but going back to school for nursing is about more than academics. It’s a full-time commitment that requires a lot of energy. Be prepared to discuss nursing school in the context of your day-to-day life so that your advisor can speak to as many of those issues as possible. Many prospects have questions related to completing the program with small children, working while in nursing school and financing a second degree. Your advisor can offer guidance on all of these matters and more.

3. Consider the possibility of relocation.

One of the benefits of Utica’s program is the ability to finish a four-year nursing curriculum in 16 months. However, while nursing theory courses are hosted online, the program requires a lot of face time to be successful. Relocating for nursing school is a powerful step in taking control of your education and starting your RN career faster. Your advisor can discuss the elements of the program in relation to where you live and determine if it makes sense for you to relocate to central New York while you’re a student in the program. For example, clinical locations are determined using the address of our accelerated nursing site in Syracuse, NY, as a starting point. To learn more about moving to central New York for nursing school, download our free relocation guide.

Make 2014 the year that you start your path to nursing! For more information about our Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program, call us at 866.892.6747 or request information online.

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