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How Far in Advance Do I Need to Plan for Nursing School?


You can’t just walk into nursing school. This is how you plan for an education that will change your life.

Nursing school isn’t something you do on a whim. It takes planning and consideration. But how much? How far in advance do you need to plan for nursing school?

The answer is “it depends.” Some schools put prospective students on a waiting list, delaying when they can start school for as much as a year. Ameritech, fortunately, does not do that and here students can usually get into a nursing program in under a year. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to do to get into nursing school and how long it takes.

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Educational and testing requirements

The first thing you need before getting into nursing school is either a high school diploma or a GED. At Ameritech, we don’t have any explicit requirements about what classes you need to take before you get your degree. While studying subjects like biology and chemistry in high school or college can be useful to future nurses, it’s not required. Our nursing program has no prerequisites.

Just like a master’s program or law school, you do have to take a test to get into a nursing program. The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) covers reading, science, and English and is just over three hours long. Dates and frequency for the TEAS vary according to region or co. At Ameritech, we schedule the TEAS for prospective students and offer it at our campus as part of the enrollment process.

When you’re done with the test, you’ll get your scores immediately along with a review of anything you might have missed. After that, you have everything you need to apply to a nursing program.

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Nursing school and financial aid

The vast majority of college students need some kind of financial aid. One of the most common ways to apply for financial aid is through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA deadlines change throughout the year and vary by state, but most of the time the application is due at the end of June or December. You can also seek advice from financial aid professionals at the schools you’re considering. There’s no one-size-fits all financial aid package. Our financial aid representatives work with each student to create a package that suits their needs.

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You can apply to nursing school at any stage

We’ve been talking a lot about how to get into nursing school quickly. But remember you don’t necessarily have to go to nursing school right after high school. It’s also possible to pursue nursing as a second career. If you already have several years of experience of going to college, serving in the military, or working in another profession, you can still make the leap and become a nurse. You haven’t by any means missed the window. Your experience will inform how you do in nursing school and ultimately make you an even better healthcare provider.

If you’re ready to begin your journey as a nurse, visit our program pages to learn more about our nursing program, and be sure to check out our financial aid department.