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How Do I Get Started in Pre Nursing?

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People who want to study pre nursing are most likely planning to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing. A pre nursing program will introduce you to a variety of general courses that you will need to complete a bachelor's degree. You also will need to take several math and science courses as prerequisites for entry into a nursing program. In essence, this type of program will help you prepare for nursing school. To get started in a pre nursing program, you will need to find a school that offers this type of classes and review the requirements.

What you will need to do to begin a study in pre nursing will depend on the school you are attending. You will first need to find a college that offers a program that will help you prepare for nursing school and meet the admission requirements for that college. Some schools might require you to apply to take pre nursing courses during your first year of college, so you will actually take the courses during your second year. You might be required during your first year to take a writing class, a biology class, a statistics class, a psychology class and a chemistry class before entering a pre nursing program.

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There likely will be an application process. Nursing schools are very competitive and selective, so pre nursing programs will be the same. You will need to apply for a pre nursing program by completing an application provided by the school.

Collect letters of recommendation from faculty members who know your work well. You might be required to submit a personal statement about why you believe that you are a good candidate for a pre nursing program and your plans to use the program as a steppingstone to a career in nursing. You also will need to gather your high school and college transcripts and submit them with your application. It is important that you have a strong background in math and science.

After you are admitted to the program, you will take courses that will help prepare you for the rigors of nursing school. Your course load might include classes in nutrition, sociology, biology and several other math and science courses. You might even be able to apply for nursing internships to help you assess whether nursing is the right career for you. It might be wise to make sure that the college where you are taking these courses also has a nursing program. You might have an advantage over other students when you apply for nursing school at the same college were you got started in pre nursing.

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