Online nursing schools?

  1. Are online schools as good as actually getting your degree in an actual classroom? Also will the employers accept it, or will it be a waste of time?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   scrubsnhugsRN
    Well, I did online nursing for my classes and clinicals with an instructor who had a contract with my university. It was very difficult (not that Nursing School is easy..I liken it to boot camp), but it was more difficult in my program because we did not get any lectures, just mass reading, weekly homework, and tests each week, tough especially without lectures. You have to be extremely organized and self motivating with online nursing. (Of course these are great qualities for a nurse!!)

    If I could it all over again, and had a choice I would have done an on site program.
  4. by   Jezel13LPN
    Which online school did you use? I am trying to decide.
    Thanks.
  5. by   Jezel13LPN
    Quote from scrubsnhugsRN
    Well, I did online nursing for my classes and clinicals with an instructor who had a contract with my university. It was very difficult (not that Nursing School is easy..I liken it to boot camp), but it was more difficult in my program because we did not get any lectures, just mass reading, weekly homework, and tests each week, tough especially without lectures. You have to be extremely organized and self motivating with online nursing. (Of course these are great qualities for a nurse!!)

    If I could it all over again, and had a choice I would have done an on site program.
    Which on line nursing school did you use?
  6. by   queenjean
    I did an online school through a community college in my state. My degree is from that community college, so how would my employer know differently? I'm doing my bachelor's through a state university, again, online. Again, how would they know one way or another if my degree is classroom based or virtual? It meets the state BON requirements either way. In any case, the director of my floor is getting her Masters through an online program. Many advanced degrees in nursing are at least partially online. I dont' think the online aspect is looked down upon at all.

    There are advantages and disadvantages to the online coursework. We lost half our class; they couldn't get the grades they needed. I think a huge thing is the idea that many people have that doing an online program takes less time. No, you have to devote just as much time to your studies as you would if you were in a classroom based program. You just get to decide when you are going to commit to those hours, as opposed to it being dictated by the school.

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