You’ve just made a big decision: You want to be a nurse. Wise choice! You’re pursuing a path toward a rewarding profession that’s in high demand. Your next step? Begin researching nursing schools to find the best place to turn that plan into action.
You might think the most logical place to search for nursing schools would be where you currently live. That might very well be a great place to start, but in not looking outside your general vicinity, you could be unnecessarily delaying your nursing career and missing out on a top-quality nursing education.
We understand the actual process of branching out to a new area to begin a new career path can seem overwhelming. To help you make the transition, below we outline what you can expect when relocating for nursing school at one of our site locations in New York or Florida — and ultimately why it could make the most sense if you want to be a nurse sooner.
One question we hear often from students considering a move near one of our 3 site locations in New York or Florida: Will I be able to practice in my home state? The answer: Yes! Earning your nursing degree from Utica College grants you the opportunity to pursue a nursing career anywhere you choose.
You can attend our accelerated nursing school at any of our site locations and complete the NCLEX in the state in which you choose to obtain a license once you graduate. And with our consistently high NCLEX pass rates, you can expect to take the exam with confidence.
Because a widespread nursing shortage exists across the country, many nursing school programs have waitlists. That may mean your best option for nursing school is not where you currently live if you want to start on your nursing degree soon.
If you want to be a nurse sooner, it may make more sense to relocate to New York or Florida to
get your nursing license through the Utica College Accelerated B.S. in Nursing program. Even though so many schools have waitlists, Utica College currently doesn’t because it offers three start dates a year. That means that not only are you able to earn your degree sooner — you can complete our program in as few as 16 months — you can start working toward it on a timeline that fits your own personal goal.
Attending accelerated nursing school is a monumental undertaking in itself — that’s why we have a dedicated team in place to help you stay focused on the task, not worried about the logistics of moving to make it happen.
Here’s who you can expect to be in your corner as you transition to a new area for accelerated nursing school at Utica College: Your admissions representative can answer any questions or concerns you may have about relocating for nursing school and make sure you are fully committed before making the big move. He or she can also put you in contact with fellow members of your cohort so you can find a few familiar faces before classes begin. Your admissions representative can also help you work with apartment leasing agents
to find available housing.
Even though the Utica College ABSN program is online-based, it still requires your physical presence at our site location for you to be successful. If you live more than 60 to 75 miles away from our accelerated nursing site, we highly recommend relocating to maximize your time in school. Below are three in-person aspects of our program that become easier to incorporate into your schedule if you relocate for the Utica College ABSN program:
Time spent in our skills and simulation labs reinforce what you learn during the online didactic portion of our curriculum. In addition to hands-on clinical experience, it’s one of the main ways to practice the skills you’ll useon the job as a nurse every day.
Our ABSN students spend three hours per session every week in our on-site labs, but those who have had the most success in the past have taken advantage of open lab hours to practice until perfect, says Jessica Dvoracsek, Utica College ABSN program success coach.
You must also complete proctored skills and written exams at our program site — you don’t have the option of taking these online from anywhere.
As a Utica College ABSN student, you have the unique opportunity to begin clinical rotations as early as seven to eight weeks into the program, which will help you overcome any first-day clinical fears that you may have early on in your nursing school experience.
Because we partner with top area hospitals in St. Petersburg, South Florida and Central New York and determine clinical placements using our ABSN program sites as starting points, it only makes sense that you live within driving distance of one of our program sites. Living close to one of our program sites not only helps reduce your commute time; it helps maximize your study time, too.
Interested in enrolling in our ABSN program in Syracuse? If doing so requires you to relocate, we have even more dedicated support services just for you!
We try to make the process as seamless as possible. Once you’re accepted and have a program start date in mind, we can provide you with a list of available housing options and put you in touch with resources to help you map out your move, including:
What does this person do? The relocation specialists we’ll refer you to usually work at an apartment complex leasing office we’ve partnered with in the area, and can serve as a great resource in helping you navigate your new home for the next 16 months.
In general, relocation specialists can help you with your move by offering:
Most rental properties have only 12- or 24-month leases, but our program is 16 months. What to do? Don’t worry about not finding a place that meets your unique needs without having to renew or break a lease. For students enrolled in our New York-based ABSN program, we’ve entered into an agreement with several apartment complexes in the Syracuse area to provide 16-month leases to students of the ABSN program.
To help reduce the stress of moving to a new area, aim to have your housing situation confirmed at least 30 days before classes begin, although sometimes units are available on shorter notice if you’re able to provide proof of income, says Diane Bland, on-site manager for Vintage Properties in Liverpool, New York. Many complexes make the same recommendation and allow parents to co-sign leases to meet this requirement, she says.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect when relocating for nursing school, it’s time to make your first move on the path toward a new career as a nurse! Embarking on a new professional path and moving to a new area both may require you to step out of your comfort zone, but it’s important to keep your end goal in mind. At the end of your nursing school journey is a rewarding career that allows you to care for others. Take the first step toward that goal by contacting our admissions team today.
Our ABSN has three start dates a year, so you can begin nursing school whenever you're ready.