Nursing schools insist on a number of positive traits in their nursing students. First, they look for students who have the academic skills and background to complete a nursing program. Then they look for other qualities in students that are indicators of success in the profession and that will reflect well on the school once they graduate. These traits or qualities include leadership and a caring, professional attitude.
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Undergraduate Academic Characteristics
Nursing schools admit students on the basis of their academic achievement in high school. Most schools prefer students with strong backgrounds in math and the sciences, especially biology and chemistry. Many nursing schools also prefer students who have made some advanced preparation for a nursing career by taking college classes while in high school.
Graduate Academic Characteristics
Nursing students at the graduate level need to display the same academic skills and achievement as undergraduate nurses. Some graduate programs admit only those who have a 2.5 or higher GPA, while others insist on a 3.0 or higher GPA. Life experience can also be a factor in being admitted to a graduate nursing program. Many nurses accepted in graduate schools have years of experience in the profession, while some non-nurses are admitted if they meet courses requirements in biology, chemistry, physiology and anatomy.
Good nursing students don't always make the best nurses. This is why some nursing schools insist on personal interviews as part of the application process. These schools look for an applicant's leadership potential, a positive attitude, high moral standards and empathy toward patients.
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