anyways, i have seen on the website the curriculum plans. do you know if you can alter them at all? for example, if it recommends 3 classes but you felt you could only do 2, would they allow that?
they are pretty linear. i am told that it is possible to take less, but not more, or deviate from the plan set for you. so, it may take you longer as some classes are not available, some semesters. does that make sense?
do you ever have to go the campus?
yes, once you are in your clinical portion, the second year, you do have to go for approximately a week at the beginning of those semesters. it is on the web site, you can look at the individual requirements for each specialty.
what are the tests and assignments like? multiple choice? a lot of papers? do tests have to be in a proctored location?
i am only in the second semester of six, so understand my view is limited. the tests i have been exposed to are timed and multiple choice. some of them have very specific sitting times, and others are little more broad. for instance, one hour on a certain date in the morning or the evening or over a period of 48 hours. it varies. tests are at home. they are very detailed and you must know the information to be able to process the answer, they are not pure memorization, but more application. you only have 60 minutes to complete the ones i am in now and there are 50 questions, they are open book, but there is no way with a minute a question that this helps for more than a few questions. they are not proctored. i am studying harder than i ever had done before, but it is doable.
there are papers, depending on the class, and they are required to be in apa form. some classes have more than others.
also, how do you interact with the class/instructor? are instructors generally available and quick to respond if you have questions or concerns? i have only had experience with online programs with my bsn, which wasn't entirely online. we did a lot over "blackboard", email, us mail, and then we met one weekend a month with the entire class and the instructors. and we only really had one clinical rotation which was for management. i only lived 1 hour away from the school so when in dire need, i could always just go there!
the class is awesome. all adults, and most are very supportive and helpful. i have had 3 instructors, 2 which i would give accolades, one which i have to drink a lot of lemonade to keep from noticing the lemons for. but this is true, anywhere you go. this is a self-directed program. the learning is on you! there is not a lot of hand holding, you must be very organized and put together to do well in my opinion.
have you had any trouble lining up clinical sites?me, no, they have a list of approved ones (again on their web site). and i am fortunate in that i have lots of contacts, as i have been a nurse for a very long time. so, it is not an issue for me. if you do not have this, then i would recommend you send out some feelers before committing to an online program.
i would recommend you go where you feel most comfortable. i do not know that anything worth having ever comes easy. i think that all programs will have their unique challenges, detractions, and rewards.
you should know going into this that it is going to be a lot of work no matter where you go. i chose the online education, because i work full time, have 4 kids, and i can read something, retain it, process it, and have little need for someone else to explain it to me. not everyone is like this. don't make them bad, just makes them different. shop the education like you shop for clothes. it can look good on a hanger, but try it on. go for what fits.