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Online Schools for Nursing

January 15th, 2011


Becoming a nurse has never presented more options than today. With all of the opportunities available, online schools have been created to offer those interested the flexibility of achieving a nursing education in their own time at and at a pace that works for them. Most of the online nursing schools that are only a click away give you the chance to work towards a degree, which can then qualify you to become a registered nurse – the most basic requirement when it comes to nursing. The way these online programs work is that you are able to complete the non-clinical part of your work through online classes. However for obvious reason, there are no schools that give you the chance to satisfy your clinical requirements online. What happens in this case is that you are usually able to perform this part of your education a local medical facility in your area.

To focus more on the online portion of this process, you will almost always have your nursing class on its own website. On the site you will find lecture notes and assignments posted in a discussion forum – giving the other students in the class the chance to post any comments or questions they may have regarding the presented material. Apart from any organized chat times, you are free to sign on whenever it is convenient for you and work on your designated assignments. However it is always important to send in your work before the due date your instructor with post along with the work itself. In the case of examinations, some schools will let you take them online, while others may require them to be proctored. If this is the case, you will be provided with a list of locations in your area where you can take any tests assigned. The amount of work you are able to do online really does depend upon the program you sign up for. Some schools may require you to occasionally attend a residency.

Many of the online nursing schools structure themselves like traditional schools, giving the students set start dates and a deadline for their work to be completed by. Conversely online courses leave you without an academic advisor, leaving you solely responsible for planning your curriculum. Now you will need more than just a checkbook and a desire to become a nurse to enroll in an online program as there are some entry requirements for certain degree program. Be sure to be aware of your previous academic achievements as well as the requirements for the degree you are interested in to see if there are any gaps. If there are no holes that need to be filled, online nursing programs can be a great venue for you to reach your goals.