Funded by Fairfield University Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies
Choosing the Right Path for You
Congratulations on considering a graduate education! There are many options and choices for nurses when making this choice. To invest your time and money wisely, please consider the following questions/information when evaluating your options. This informational brochure was created by the Connecticut League for Nursing’s Council of Deans & Directors and the Connecticut Healthcare Educators Group to provide nurses with the best support to succeed.
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER WHEN RETURNING TO SCHOOL
Recommendation: A strong clinical foundation supports a diverse and successful nursing career. Nurses may want to practice 1-2 years before entering a graduate school program.
Recommendation: Ask a nurse leader for input concerning your readiness for a graduate education.
QUESTIONS ABOUT CHOOSING A PROGRAM
QUESTIONS ABOUT RETURNING TO SCHOOL
The following questions are specific to this topic and very important!
Recommendation: Nurse Practitioner placements are extremely competitive in Connecticut, so it is very important to thoroughly investigate this area.
Recommendation: Reach out to graduates of the school to discuss placement details as they can offer different insights than recruiters.
Recommendation: Validate and verify the school has regional and national accreditation.
Recommendation: Check the CT Nursing Guide for program and accreditation details by visiting CTNursingGuide.com.
What is the price per credit?
How many classes are required per semester/term?
How long are terms/semesters?
What financial support is available from the school or other sources?
Are there technology requirements such as hardware (computer specifications) or software requirements?
What other costs are involved and how often do they need to be paid such as lab fees, e-book fees, technology fees, instate or out of state fees?
What is your organization’s tuition support policy?
Recommendation: Talk to current students to gather as much financial information as possible.
Recommendation: Review the financial details of the program carefully and calculate costs. Sometimes a school with a higher per credit price may not cost more than other schools.
Recommendation: Meet with Human Resources to discuss tuition support, available discounts, reimbursement schedules, associated work commitments, etc. (if your employer requires a work commitment, does your employer have opportunities for you to practice in this new role?)