Hawaii offers a variety of educational options for either entering the nursing profession or furthering your pursuits within the field. For existing nurses who'd like to earn a higher salary, both the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University offer master's degrees and doctoral programs which prepare graduates to practice as one of the state's 200 nurse practitioners. NPs in Hawaii earn an average salary of $103,000 per year.

Choosing to attend post-secondary school for nursing is a major decision, and it requires being financially prepared for your program of study's full duration. There are many different expenses to consider when attending a college or university nursing program. Aside from tuition and enrollment fees, students must also fund expenses for books, room and board, food, school supplies, and other living expenses.

Private colleges and universities can be a good choice for any student who wants to become a nurse. Private schools offer one-year, two-year, and four-year program options, and these private institutions often carry more prestige than their public counterparts. While private schools tend to be a bit more expensive, students receive the benefit of smaller class sizes and more opportunities for hands-on learning. Connecticut has over 20 private college and university campuses with nursing programs of study.

Many nursing students can save money by attending a public college or university instead of enrolling in a private school. Public colleges and universities operate under the supervision of a state government and are typically funded by tax dollars and state subsidies. This enables them to have more affordable tuition and enrollment fees, especially for in-state students. The state of Connecticut is home to over 15 public institutions that offer nursing degree and/or certificate programs.

There are several potential career paths to consider when pursuing your nursing education. Different career paths will have different educational requirements in the state of Connecticut. Before you enroll in a nursing school, consider which path is most appealing to you.

Nursing assistant or aide: These nurses typically work in hospices, nursing homes, or long-term care facilities. They specialize in personal care such as bathing, dressing, and feeding. In Connecticut, nursing assistants can expect to earn a salary of about $15 per hour.

The state of California is home to some of the nation’s most prestigious private schools. Stanford University, California Institute of Technology, and University of Southern California are just a few. Many of the state’s top private schools are also home to some of America’s best nursing schools. Besides an excellent reputation and prominent programs in specialized fields such as nursing, many of these private schools offer more personalized attention than public schools thanks to smaller class sizes.

The state of California is home to the nation's top public university: University of California, Berkeley. Several other public California colleges are among the top 25 in the nation, and many are home to some of America’s best nursing schools. Choosing a public nursing school education in the state offers benefits that go beyond reputation. For starters, public universities in the state (and across the US) cost less.

When planning a nursing education path, prospective students often focus on the "here and now" and place cost at the top of their considerations. And while cost certainly is an important factor, we encourage nursing students to think of this education as an investment. In investing, the best strategies involve a long-term outlook. Nursing is no different. Though costs may be considerable in the short term, the return on investment can be considerable as well.

Entry-level nursing jobs can be achieved through a two-year (or less) course of study, while advanced nursing positions require an advanced degree. A two-year associate's degree program at a college or university provides students the opportunity to become a registered nurse; this in turn opens the door to continued training through a bachelor's degree program (BSN) or even a master’s degree and the title advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

If your sights are set on joining the nursing profession, you may benefit from attending a public institution. Georgia has numerous state-supported schools that offer a broad spectrum of nursing programs, including licensed practical nursing (LPN) certificate, registered nursing associate's degree (ADN), and registered nursing bachelor’s degree (BSN). Many public universities also confer the title of advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) after completion of an additional two- to three-year master’s degree program.