How to Select a School
When it comes to selecting a school or training program, there are a lot of options to consider.
- Is the program credible? What do employers think of it?
- Is the health program accredited by a national or state organization?
- If you want to build on your training or education, are the credits transferable to another school or program?
- Does this program offer college credit?
- Can you speak to an instructor/professor before you enroll?
- Can you speak to a current student before you enroll?
- How long will the pre-requisites for admission take you to complete?
- How long will the program take you to finish as a full-time student? As a part-time student?
- How flexible is the class or training schedule?
- Do you have time in your schedule (with work or family responsibilities) to take all the required classes?
- Will the program accept any credits or experience you already have for credit towards your certificate or degree?
- What level of science is required to get into this program and be successful?
- What level of math is required to get into this program and be successful?
- What level of reading and writing is required to get into this program and be successful?
- If you are looking at a program to prepare you for direct patient care: Can you see yourself working with sick, cranky people every day?
- Can you see yourself dealing with blood and other “messy” bodily fluids if this program prepares you for a field where you will have to deal with these things?
- What other skills are required to be successful in this program and the field it will prepare you for?
- Does the program have a required GPA that you will have to maintain?
- What is the cost per credit? How many credits do you need to complete the program?
- What other costs are there? (fees, books, supplies)
- Will the program leave you with a lot of debt?
- If you are eligible for WIA funding, can you use it on this program? (Your local career center can help you with accessing and using WIA funding)
- Are there other financial aid options?
- Do class times match up with your schedule?
- Is it easy to get to by car or public transportation?
- Does it provide the amount of support you are looking for? (ex. Are instructors accessible? Do you have an advisor that will meet with you regularly?)
- What is the regional average starting salary for people who graduate from this program and find a job? (use this calculator to find out how much you will need to make for a “living wage”)
- How many people apply for this program/year? How many people are accepted?
- What percentage of students from this program get jobs within 6 months of graduating?
- What percentage of students graduates with the class/group they started with?
Thinking about going to a “proprietary” school (often called career or training institutes)?
View specific tips and questions to ask these schools from the Massachusetts Department of Education.