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Online Nursing Degree Programs

October 29th, 2010 by – Derek Brocklehurst

Can I work full time while in nursing school?

This is a good question, one that many stay-at-home parents and full-time workers ask themselves when seeking a nursing degree. If you find yourself too busy to drive or take public transportation to an academic institution, look no further! Online nursing degree programs offer extremely flexible hours and the ability to do most of the course work from the comfort of your own home.

If you currently have a full-time job or are kept busy with at-home duties, apply to an online nursing program. Most of the theory and educational courses can be done at home at your convenience, submitting homework and exams online given specific deadlines by your course instructors. Logging clinical hours for each course (Pediatric Health, Medical & Surgical Nursing, etc.) must be completed in person at an accredited teaching health care institution.

Make sure to check out Medi-smart’s online degree programs directory for more information about online nursing programs that work with your schedule!

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Can A Medic Take Online Nursing Courses?

July 3rd, 2010 by – Marijke Durning

I am currently a Medic in the Army and have been working in the medical field for 4 years. I would like to get my LVN or RN but would like to do part of it online is that possible?

Absolutely, you can do part of your nursing school program online. There are many schools that offer their entire program online, except for the hands-on courses and the clinical experience component.

When choosing an online nursing school, be sure to check that the school is recognized in your state, so you may go on to write your licensing exams. If in doubt, you can check with your board of nursing.

If you are going to for your LVN (licensed vocational nurse) diploma, you may also want to check out the LPN (licensed practical nurse) programs, as these are the same level of nursing, just different names. If you want to go towards your RN (registered nurse) degree, you will have to think about if you are going the diploma, ADN (associate degree in nursing) or a BSN (bachelor’s in nursing).

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Online vs On-campus Education

April 10th, 2010 by – Sue Barton

Are online nursing classes really as effective as on-campus?  I’m just concerned that I won’t get the same quality education?

I doubt there is a one-size-fits-all approach to nursing education.  You will need to look carefully at your options and decide which is the best fit for your learning style and your situation.  Online education offers tremendous flexibility to meet the demands of varied schedules, and to learn at the pace which suits you best.  Ongoing technological innovation allows for interaction with other students, with instructors, and sometimes with patients.   Online nursing degree programs will require you to also attend lab sessions on campus and of course to have clinical time in the hospital and the community setting.  You might find that these programs offer the best of  both worlds!

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Online NP Programs

April 9th, 2010 by – Sue Barton

Do you have any online nurse practitioner programs?

Medi-Smart has information about online nursing programs .  Nurse practioner certification currently requires an MSN degree.  In the future, a doctorate in nursing practice will be required, so I would definitely ask the schools you are interested in about that option. After looking at what these programs have to offer, you might  focus your search on Family, Pediatric, Women’s Health, Gerontology, or another clinical specialty.  Perhaps geographic area  will be important to you also.  You need to  determine accreditation, and follow up on contact information to obtain more information about programs that interest you.  Take your time, collect information, talk to  students in the programs and recent graduates if possible.  Check admission requirements, and find the program that fits your needs.  Good luck in your search!

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Online Nursing Program Quality

March 24th, 2010 by – Nursing Expert

Are online nursing degree programs lower in quality than campus nursing programs? I am a single mom and literally cannot find time right now to attend an on-campus program, but would love to enroll in online classes to see if the profession is something that I could handle. How are online nursing degrees perceived among health professionals?

Online nursing degree programs are gaining in popularity, with good reason. A popular option is the RN to BSN track, as well as MSN programs. Newer technology allows these options to be extremely effective learning tools. Most combine online classes with actual lab and clinical times that are tailored to the needs of working students.

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Courses in Nursing School

March 24th, 2010 by – Nursing Expert

Which kind of courses do you take in nursing school? I’m not the best at math but am interested in exploring careers in medicine that help people. Would love to get an idea of the types of classes and work I would be doing in nursing school.

Nurses take the core classes required for an undergraduate degree, with a science base that includes anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and chemistry. Sociology, psychology, and knowledge of the humanities are also important. At the graduate level, statistics and research have a greater emphasis. Nursing students rotate through a variety of clinical areas where they can apply what they’ve learned and hone skills they will need on the job.

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