Career Resources

Career Resources

Applying to Graduate or Professional School

For most of you we anticipate that your BSN is only one stop on your academic and your career journeys. Most of you will continue on to graduate or professional school at some time. This guide is intended to help you on that journey.


The decision regarding when to attend graduate school is a personal decision. Factors you may want to consider include:

Admission Criteria:

Check the specific requirements of the program(s) in which you have an interest.

Whether it is a general essay/personal statement or in response to a specific question or situation, be sure to edit the document. The essay will serve as a writing sample; therefore, it should be error-free and cohesive. Avoid writing in the passive voice.

Choosing a School/Program

There are numerous programs available for whatever you want to study. Choosing a school requires identifying the programs of interest to you and determining the factors that you are looking for in a program.

If you apply this method for identifying a program, be sure to include your interest in that faculty members work (with citation) in your graduate essay/personal statement.


Financing Your Degree

Use any and all means available to you. You may need to use multiple sources, loans, assistantships, multiple scholarships, and/or employer tuition remission. Though many assume there is nothing available, there are funding sources to support  nurses in pursuing further study and as the nursing shortage grows, even more resources may become available.

Assistantships vary greatly in their remuneration levels from school to school. Consider the value as you weigh cost of institution.





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