Online NP degrees...how do they really work?

  1. I have seen several of these, and I'm not sure of how they work. The "book" part, obviously, is self-explanatory, but how do you learn how to do the required procedures, etc.

    Sorry if this is a "duh" question.
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hi there and welcome. I did an online post-MSN CNS certificate and attended class once a month and then did 600 hours of clinicals which is where I learned the skill sets. Hope this helps.
  4. by   justme1972
    So, when you say you did 600 hours of clinicals, would you ask the hospital where you are currently employed to set these up for you, assuming you are working during the program...I'm assuming these would be outside of your normal salaried hours, or would the college have a specific place you would need to go? If the college where you are getting the NP from is out of state, how would that work?

    Thanks again.
  5. by   zenman
    Quote from Hopefull2009
    So, when you say you did 600 hours of clinicals, would you ask the hospital where you are currently employed to set these up for you, assuming you are working during the program...I'm assuming these would be outside of your normal salaried hours, or would the college have a specific place you would need to go? If the college where you are getting the NP from is out of state, how would that work?

    Thanks again.
    Most programs you set up your own clinicals. I was cleared to do mine in Dhaka, Bangladesh with an American physician at a health clinic for expats. I may finish all my preceptorship without setting foot in the USA.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Zenman - you are too wild...wondered how you were coming with your program.

    Getting clinicals lined up can sometimes be a hassle - best to look ahead depending on the number of APN programs in the area, preceptors might already have promised a lot of hours.
  7. by   justme1972
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Zenman - you are too wild...wondered how you were coming with your program.

    Getting clinicals lined up can sometimes be a hassle - best to look ahead depending on the number of APN programs in the area, preceptors might already have promised a lot of hours.
    Thank you so much. I am hoping to be able to move near the school I am interested in so that won't be necessary.

    Even though I don't start my RN program until the Fall...I have found the advisors extremely helpful in getting me "mapped out" as far as where my education will go. I originally thought they would think I was nuts, but they actually said contacting them before I even started was a great idea so any "odd" prereqs that these schools have can be taken well before it's time to start the program, so there won't be any delays.

    THANKS AGAIN!
  8. by   zenman
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Zenman - you are too wild...wondered how you were coming with your program.
    Wild??? You should see me lead a fire ceremony on a rooftop, lol.

    All I have left is clinical and that starts this Fall.
  9. by   firstaiddave907
    welcome hopefuil2009
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Zenman - fantastic! Do you plan to practice there or are you returning to the states? Good luck.
  11. by   zenman
    Quote from traumaRUs
    Zenman - fantastic! Do you plan to practice there or are you returning to the states? Good luck.
    Wife wants to go to Africa and I want South America so we'll see.
  12. by   traumaRUs
    Keep us informed.

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