I am also in the Boston area and am completing my pre-requisites for nursing school online through both www.iowacconline.com
Those are the consortium of Community Colleges in Iowa and Colorado, respectively, and both offer a wide variety of courses. THe Colorado consortium offers everything you need to get into nursing school in this area.
Take a look at www.allnursingschools.com
and find the schools that are near you. Contact them about open houses and ask if these courses will be accepted in their programs (the schools are accredited and the science courses include lab).
As far as a purely online nursing progam, www.deaconess.edu
is the only one that I know of for someone not already in the medical field. You would have to find a hospital willing to precept you for your clinicals, and in the Boston area that is a tall order considering how tough it is for all the brick and mortar nursing schools to find clinical placements for their students.
Their are a lot of options so take a look around. Good luck!
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Hi all I'm rather new to this but would really appreciate any advice you have to offer. This really is my only source of advice for the time being.
I'm 47 years old and married with two children, one in college and one in middle school. I completed high school overseas and took a few courses at a college in Florida, studying to be an X-Ray Technician. Because of circumstances at the time I took a job at a local Dunkin' Donuts and 16 years later, I am the GM of several stores now in the Boston area.
While this job pays well, it is unfulfilling and would love to do something in the health care field, medical assistant or pursue a degree in nursing all the way.
I would prefer taking classes online as it would fit better into my schedule, but if I have to commute then I will.
My question is, where do I begin. If I have few prerequisites, is that a difficult foundation to build upon? Are there any online colleges that you have used and/or recommend?
Looking forward to hearing from you all. I know this is the right move for me at this point in my life.