5 Steps to Filling the Need for Registered Nurses

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At Utica College, we know that nurses are special. Their level of care, patience and work ethic is unmatched and worthy of celebration… and we need more of them!

This week is National Nurses Week. There is a tremendous need for registered nurses that is only expected to rise in coming years. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the healthcare industry will see a shortage of 260,000 nurses by 2025. Our Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program is designed to train students quickly and effectively so they can start filling the need for baccalaureate-educated nurses.

Nurses Week is a great time to map out your steps to earning your bachelor’s degree in nursing. Here’s what you need to do to join an in-demand profession:

1. Schedule your appointment with an admissions advisor. Each student has unique needs. That’s why we start our process with a one-on-one meeting with an admissions advisor. We hold meetings over the phone or in person at our site in Syracuse.

2. Gather your transcripts. Before your advisor can help you start nursing school, he or she will need to review your previous college coursework. It’s OK for your transcripts to be unofficial for the first review; this step is about making a plan of action. Our students come to us from all backgrounds, so each path to enrollment is unique.

3. Finish your prerequisites. Once your previous coursework has been reviewed, you’ll know which prerequisites you’ll need to take (and pass) before applying to our program. Your advisor will be able to point you in the right direction regarding where to complete them.

4. Find funding. As part of the admissions process, you can and should apply for financial aid. The best place to start is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Also, remember that scholarships aren’t just for first-time students! Ask your advisor about scholarship opportunities.

5. Apply to the program. At this point, you’ll need to submit your official transcripts, pay application fees and fill out the online application. As always, your advisor is available to help you and answer any questions.

The demand for nurses is expected to grow 26% between 2010 and 2020. Be a part of that growth by enrolling in our Accelerated Second Degree Nursing Program. Call 866.892.6747 or contact us online today to start the process.

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