Acceptance of online BSN (from ADN) degree by employers...

  1. the thread dealing w/online adn to bsn degree really peaks my interest. i do very well in self paced courses; took everyone that was available to get out of classroom time for my nursing pre-reqs! :chuckle

    the one thing i wonder is how do employers look upon if your degree is an online degree??? i suppose i am troubled they would look at it as less worthy than an "in classroom hours" one????
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  3. by   nurseT
    I haven't asked anyone or heard about any problems with an on-line degree. I would think that most intelligent professionals would realize that it takes a great amount of self dicipline, time management and organizational skills to complete these degrees. I would want an employee with those qualities.
  4. by   rhp123
    Well, as far as I know, in some fields, like medical, the relevant organization clearly said that online degree is not acceptable. No state will recognize an MD get from an online program. I think that might give some hints about how people look upon online programs.

    Some guy spent 5000 bucks and got a PHD degree from online program. He came back to his home county and became a CEO of the biggest internet company in the country. Later people find his degree is from online. He was forced to resign.
  5. by   Tweety
    Online degrees are so commonplace.

    It doesn't usually say on the degree "online" anyway does it? I would just make sure the credientials of the school are accredited by an organization such as the National League of Nurses.

    Good luck!
  6. by   Tweety
    Quote from rhp123
    Well, as far as I know, in some fields, like medical, the relevant organization clearly said that online degree is not acceptable. No state will recognize an MD get from an online program. I think that might give some hints about how people look upon online programs.

    Some guy spent 5000 bucks and got a PHD degree from online program. He came back to his home county and became a CEO of the biggest internet company in the country. Later people find his degree is from online. He was forced to resign.

    This is someone who paid a scammer $5,000 for a fake online degree, which was as useless as the paper it was printed on.

    There are online degrees where people pay a lot more than that, and actually take the courses and get a degree from accredited colleges. Those degrees are as valid as if they spent the time in the classroom. But it definately is important to make sure the university is accredited and to check those credentials. But almost all major universities and colleges are offering online courses and degrees of one sort or another.
  7. by   rhp123
    Quote from 3rdShiftGuy
    This is someone who paid a scammer $5,000 for a fake online degree, which was as useless as the paper it was printed on.
    Of course nowadays a lot of degrees have online courses, even if not all of them are online.

    Some online universities have the word online on their names, if you attend the programs from them, then the degree is obviously online to everyone.

    I would say make sure you don't get an online phd degree, even if it is appropriately accredited, you will still have great difficulty making value from it.

    Personally I don't mind taking a couple of introductory courses online. But I will only go for a program with majority classes taught in a traditional way.
  8. by   RNPATL
    Quote from iamrn
    the thread dealing w/online adn to bsn degree really peaks my interest. i do very well in self paced courses; took everyone that was available to get out of classroom time for my nursing pre-reqs! :chuckle

    the one thing i wonder is how do employers look upon if your degree is an online degree??? i suppose i am troubled they would look at it as less worthy than an "in classroom hours" one????
    i am enrolled with university of phoenix. i am in their online bsn program. considering how the federal government is paying for a number of nurses to get their bsn and msn online with uop, i am thinking that it is well accepted.

    i think if you look at accreditation, that is the big thing for any program. if the program is accredited with nln, then it is worth the effort to explore the program further. to date, i have not had anyone question the uop degree to me and many of my peers know that i am going there. besides, getting the bsn through uop is tough! i would challenge anyone who would question whether i earned that degree or not. the classes have been far more difficult that with the traditional ground univesity.

    patrick
  9. by   traumaRUs
    Patrick - you are so right...accreditation is the key. Online education is the up and coming thing. There is no reason to go to traditional college unless that is what you WANT to do. University of Phoenix is fully accredited by the NLN and the board of colleges (can't remember the initials at the moment). judi, rn, adn, soon to be bsn, university of phoenix online grad may 04. good luck
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Pertaining to NURSING degrees, they need to be NLNAC-accredited if you are going either online or traditionally. Without this, I would not bother w/that particular institution.
  11. by   NursePaula
    I have to agree about University of Phoenix being tough!! But I do think that the NLN accredited is the most important thing to look at. I am currently enrolled in UoP and finding it definite work but a great learning experience! I have heard NOTHING negative about UoP. And I am sure there are others out there also.
  12. by   Shotzie
    I think the most important thing here is that it's a person w/ an ADN progressing to a BSN. Hopefully, this nurse is already working and has her nursing license plus much experience working as a nurse. The BSN transition would not involve having to take state boards so I think nationally recognized, accredited programs would be OK.
  13. by   Roland
    Personally, I have found those classes that I've had online to be harder than the inclass room ones! Also, keep in mind that many universities only offer their ASN/ADN to BSN in an online format. Many of these same universities make no distinction on their diplomas or transcripts as to wheter or not the classes were "on-campus" or "online".
  14. by   sharann
    I don't think an on-line RN degree would be acceptable, but most of us here are talking about our continuing educations(RN-BSN or MSN...) My Manager is currently getting her MSN online and no one at the hospital is batting an eyelash. The accredited programs are key. My program is Jacksonville University, Florida and I guarantee you it is A LOT of work to go online. The reading is the same, plus we write more papers and have weekly quizzes/exams. My lectures are streaming video, so I feel as if in a classroom (but stay in my P.J's!)

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