In nursing, many nurses are stuck in the mentality of 'you should suffer as badly as I did.' I trust that before you enrolled, you assured that the program was regionally accredited by one of the 6 accrediting bodies that accredit schools
in the U.S. I also trust that you assured it was approved by the Board of Nursing in your state, and was NLN accredited.
If you answer yes, to all of the above... ignore the comments of those who will put you down.
The internet as a communication tool has opened doors to higher education to individuals who never would have been able to advance themselves. When I was an LPN going back for my RN, I can only remember being 'tired' all of the time. After working 11-7 shift, I had to go sit in class [as the classes were only offered during the day]. Now, people can go back at their leisure, and in a way that is congruent with their lives. Institutes of higher education are finally learning that there is a market for students out there that want a quality education, but cannot go sit in classes because of silly little reasons [the need to work, pay a mortgage, etc.
By the way.... I began working on my PhD 2 years ago.... I have been commuting over 2 hours each way... guess what happened??? My school just put the ENTIRE doctoral program on-line. Progess will happen... whether we're ready for it or not!
Good luck in your studies!