To those who have taken courses online..

  1. I am on a waiting list for the ADN program. Since they started a new statewide nursing cirriculum, some of the nursing theory courses are now offered online. To those of us within one year of starting the program, we can take fundamentals and pharmacology online. This could be nice since I could get them out of the way before starting clinicals. These classes are not offerd by my school, but other schools in the state. I have taken independant study courses but never online.

    How hard is it? Is it user friendly? I can use a computer but wouldn't consider myself computer savvy.

    I take it I'd have to send transcripts and apply to these different colleges also.

    Do you think it was as good of a learning experinces as being in the classroom?

    Thanks for your input!
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   manna
    I took many (probably most) of my pre-reqs online... no actual nursing courses though. I found that I actually learned more in these classes since they were more self-directed and I had to actively learn the information, rather than just regurgitating what I learned in class. It requires a great deal of self-discipline, though.. and sometimes difficult concepts can be hard to grasp from just reading in a textbook, I find.

    Good luck!
  4. by   akcarmean
    Quote from manna
    I took many (probably most) of my pre-reqs online... no actual nursing courses though. I found that I actually learned more in these classes since they were more self-directed and I had to actively learn the information, rather than just regurgitating what I learned in class. It requires a great deal of self-discipline, though.. and sometimes difficult concepts can be hard to grasp from just reading in a textbook, I find.

    Good luck!


    I have to agree but if you want it bad enugh you can do it.

    Angie
  5. by   longroadahead
    ONLINE CLASSES ARE GREAT!!!!!!

    I've taken the majority of my prereqs online - I don't have to put up with whiny students, or wasting my times (because of students OR teachers), commutes are none, there is no set time frame that you HAVE to be where (as long as you follow the due dates), and YOU determine when to do what.

    I guess, if you're not a self-starter it would be hard, but I absolutely LOVE the online classes. PM me if you have any specific questions and I would be very happy to answer them
  6. by   Achoo!
    Thanks for your input guys I'm going to make an appt with my counselor and see if I can find out more
  7. by   mom2michael
    I'm in my 1st year of an ADN program and our Theory class is actually a hybrid class, 2 hours a week in class (which is filled with taking tests and getting group assignments) and the rest on line and I HATE IT. I've take lots of on-line classes and thought they were pretty cool. My Theory class on line is not cool at all. A lot of the material we cover, you really need someone guiding you as to what is important to know and what is not because as you will soon find out, your nursing book has a lot of info in it and not always stuff you have to know. Most of our units are 4-8 chapters long, we get the assignment 1 week and take the test the following week with maybe an hour of discussion thrown in there (which most of the time, it's more like 15 mins. and you get the high points of each chapter). We do a lot of group projects, which is nice in the fact that you get to meet new people who are just as unhappy with the hybrid class but the group projects are all done via email because you don't have time to meet these people face to face most of the time.

    This is just my .02 but I really don't think nursing classes on line benefit the 1st year student at all. Now, if I already had my ADN and was going back for my BSN but had 99% of the basics down already....I would say on-line all the way.

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