The #1 Thing Every Accelerated Nursing Student Needs to Know to Land That First Job

smiling nurse holding clipboard at computer desk

Do you know what it takes to land your first entry-level nursing job?

There are, of course, the obvious qualities you need to possess to get a job as a nurse: excellent patient care skills, ability to work as part of a team, and being ready and eager to learn new things. 

But do you know the “most correct answer?”

Eileen M. Horton, MSN, MSM ‘00, RN, vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer for Capital Health in Hopewell, N.J. began her career as a maternity nurse and knows what nursing students need to do to launch a career in health care post-graduation.

Topics: Career, Nursing

How Do You Know If You Need A Master’s Degree for a Career in Science and Technology?

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Matthew Hayes ’14, MSAST in Nuclear Energy Technology Management

Humanity has a love-hate relationship with technology. Our growing reliance on new and updated systems, networks and products presents both challenges and benefits to our global society. But undoubtedly, its impact is a pervasive reminder of what we can do.

Technology is integral to modern life. As tech professionals, we are responsible for designing, building and applying scientific principles to meet the technological demands of our society. Whether we work in the utilities or healthcare industry, aviation sector or IT field, keeping up to date with the latest developments and predicting future needs is a critical part of what we do.

Application-oriented knowledge and specialized training is inherent in the field. So I understand when technology professionals question the practicality of a master’s degree. This is a fair question from people who are trained to inquire, examine and solve complex problems.  

Topics: Science and Technology, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

How I Transitioned to a Successful Civilian Career and What I Did: Wendi Higgins ‘13


A Commander’s Call held at the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in December 2013. Image via the U.S. Air National Guard by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen.

Veterans face many difficulties when transitioning to civilian life. As service members, it is tough to find the same challenges or pride in civilian positions like we had in our military lives and accomplishments. Sometimes, it is hard translate the things we do into civilian terms.

Essentially, we are starting all over again. But it is possible to create a civilian network of colleagues and friends whose knowledge we can draw upon.

Topics: Military and Veterans, Career

7 Booming Careers You Can Get With a Liberal Arts Degree


Are the liberal arts still relevant today?

Are college graduates gaining the skills needed to succeed in today’s workforce?

Today, educators and leaders are debating the effectiveness of higher education. During the 1960s, a national shift in outlook emerged, challenging the ideals of a liberal arts education in comparison to more narrow and specialized career-ready programs.

However, studies have routinely shown that students who pursued a liberal arts education reported having the most fulfilling careers. And as more and more people increasingly change jobs, these “soft skills,” (i.e. communications, problem solving, critical thinking and adaptability) inherent in a liberal arts education, have become the most desired by employers.

As it turns out, a liberal arts degree may be the best career investment yet.

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

Do the Liberal Arts Still Matter Today?

Today, higher education is at a critical junction in the United States. As the nation considers cost, debt and the necessity of a college degree, one factor remains:  students must develop certain skills and abilities to be successful in our 21st century workforce. What is the best way to do that? Does a broad, liberal arts education still matter today, or are specialized, more narrowly focused programs what students and employers need? In this video, Dr. John Woznicki, dean of the Heavin School of Arts and Sciences, discusses the value of a liberal arts education – not only to provide students skills that are important to employers today, but also to be a productive member of society.

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

The Complete Guide to Career Networking Online

This is a guest post written by DSST Credit by Exam Program

A professional online presence is crucial for future career opportunities, as it can speak volumes to who you are and the value you can bring to a new position. Establishing a professional online persona can lead to exciting opportunities and connections.

Networking may seem intimidating, especially when you’re just starting out down a new career path. The good news is, most people love helping other people. All you have to do is ask. 

Topics: Credit by Exam, Career

5 Growing Nurse Specialties That Pay $65k or More


Malika Ibrokhimova, RN-BSN Program Student

People are living longer, healthier lives. And that’s good news for nurses.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurses will rise faster than almost any other occupation in the next several years. Coupled with an increasing, global demand for healthcare services to provide critical care for an ageing population, the job market is attractive for new nurses, and especially those who want to grow professionally. 

As the healthcare system grows increasingly complex, specialized nurses with advanced nursing degrees are often in much higher demand. These educationally prepared nurses are finding opportunities to boost their careers – and their paychecks.  

Topics: Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Nursing

MBA Application Checklist: 9 Things You Must Do Before You Hit Submit


Applying to a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program involves a lot of planning, writing and preparation, and it’s never too early to start thinking about or working on your application. You don’t want to wait until the last minute to submit a rushed application package, and possibly hurt your chances of earning admission into a program that can transform your career.

To make sure that you send in the best application that you can, use this printable 9-point checklist to keep yourself on track before you hit submit. (And then figure out how long it will take you to earn an MBA degree online by checking out our Potential MBA Degree Timeline .)

Topics: Business and Management, Career, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Applying

6 Ways to Make Your Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Application Stand Out


Over the next several years, the healthcare industry is projected to add over 15 million jobs in the U.S., attracting more and more students to a career in nursing. Similarly, nursing schools are seeing a flood of applications, making the competition for admission fiercer than ever.

So, if you’ve set your sights on an accelerated nursing program, how can you stand out from the crowd and earn yourself a spot? What can you do to make your application shine? As an applicant of our Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN Program, you’ll be evaluated based upon your predicated success in the program. Your ability to effectively demonstrate exceptional problem solving and communication skills, intellectual aptitude, integrity, accountability, and motivation, amongst other things, throughout the application process can make all the difference in your acceptance. Here are 7 useful tips designed to get your application noticed and position you as one of the best possible candidates.

Topics: Career, Nursing, Applying

The Future of Nursing and What It Means for Nurses


Nursing has always been a rapidly transforming profession. Healthcare legislation, the demands of an aging and diverse population, improved access, and advancements in health information technology have accelerated the rate of change and growth in this field faster than ever before.

So how are nurses of today supposed to prepare for developments of tomorrow?

Topics: Career, Nursing