Which is best?

  1. 0
    I want to go thru an ADN degree to BSN. I want to know which is best, online or classroom? I want to get a BSN so that i can get into study for a master's degree in the university of California, San francisco. I wish to know if the online degree will be accepted for a master's degree in UCSF.
    Secondly, i want to get a BSN in Phoenix, Arizona. Which college offers an ADN to BSN program in nursing?
  2. Get our hottest nursing topics delivered to your inbox.

  3. 1,677 Visits
    Find Similar Topics
  4. 11 Comments so far...

  5. 0
    About which college is best in Phoenix it might be best to ask on the Arizona board.

    I think choosing a school is important. It depends on your lifestyle, how you study and if you need a live person. I find that internet schoolling fits my lifestyle and study habits just fine.

    One is not better than the other in my opinion.

    If you choose online make sure it is an NLN approved program so it will transfer without drama to a grad school. Some grad schools take only NLN approved degrees.
  6. 0
    Quote from Tweety
    About which college is best in Phoenix it might be best to ask on the Arizona board.

    I think choosing a school is important. It depends on your lifestyle, how you study and if you need a live person. I find that internet schoolling fits my lifestyle and study habits just fine.

    One is not better than the other in my opinion.

    If you choose online make sure it is an NLN approved program so it will transfer without drama to a grad school. Some grad schools take only NLN approved degrees.
    Does it mean that i can get the online degree for the uscf? Cos their admission process is a bit tough and i want to enrol in a particular specialist degree
  7. 0
    You would want to contact the schools you consider to learn their specific requirements. Best wishes.
  8. 0
    Quote from emybabybaby
    Does it mean that i can get the online degree for the uscf? Cos their admission process is a bit tough and i want to enrol in a particular specialist degree
    Is "the uscf" a master's program?

    If it is a grad school more than likely yes, they will take a BSN from an online program, especially if it's NLN approved.
    Last edit by Tweety on Jan 30, '07
  9. 0
    Before you decide whether or not to take a degree via online or not, there is an important thing to consider. You must consider how it is that you learn. Each of us has a learning style. some are visual, some are auditory, some are kinesthetic others are hands on. If your style is hands on, an online program may not be for you. I know that i love classroom discussion. i like to hear lectures becuase i absorb more learning by hearing than i do by reading or looking.

    I had to take one online college course for my job. I got through it ok, but i was frustrated by not being able to ask immediate questions or talk to my classmate. i ended up calling them offline. I did not really retain that much from class becuase i had to read so much, and i don't really learn from reading.

    I got my BSN from an external degree program which was the "new way" in the early 80's for not having to attend a regular program. but at least it got me in a classroom where i could learn. My MSN was from a traditional program at a university.

    I would not want to do my MSN at an online program becuase that is a degree that requires interaction between peers. At a masters level, it is not so much that you learn new things, it is more taking what you already know and looking at it from a new perspective, questioning it and rearranging your paradigms. I would find that really hard to do without being able to immediately interact with people. typing conversations out is just not the same.

    So after 30 years of nursing, would I say go for your masters: yes. does it matter where you go: ;not really, alhtough ucsf is a great nursing school. there are other great nursing schools. but go the traditional program is my recommendation.

    if online is the ONLY way you can do it, then your decision is made for you. do it no matter what. if you have a choice, go traditional. you will get more out of it.

    that is my thought.
  10. 0
    Quote from changeagent1
    Before you decide whether or not to take a degree via online or not, there is an important thing to consider. You must consider how it is that you learn. Each of us has a learning style. some are visual, some are auditory, some are kinesthetic others are hands on. If your style is hands on, an online program may not be for you. I know that i love classroom discussion. i like to hear lectures becuase i absorb more learning by hearing than i do by reading or looking.

    I had to take one online college course for my job. I got through it ok, but i was frustrated by not being able to ask immediate questions or talk to my classmate. i ended up calling them offline. I did not really retain that much from class becuase i had to read so much, and i don't really learn from reading.

    I got my BSN from an external degree program which was the "new way" in the early 80's for not having to attend a regular program. but at least it got me in a classroom where i could learn. My MSN was from a traditional program at a university.

    I would not want to do my MSN at an online program becuase that is a degree that requires interaction between peers. At a masters level, it is not so much that you learn new things, it is more taking what you already know and looking at it from a new perspective, questioning it and rearranging your paradigms. I would find that really hard to do without being able to immediately interact with people. typing conversations out is just not the same.

    So after 30 years of nursing, would I say go for your masters: yes. does it matter where you go: ;not really, alhtough ucsf is a great nursing school. there are other great nursing schools. but go the traditional program is my recommendation.

    if online is the ONLY way you can do it, then your decision is made for you. do it no matter what. if you have a choice, go traditional. you will get more out of it.

    that is my thought.
    I think this is so interesting; it shows how very different we all are. I have found that I get more out of my online classes compared to my traditional classes. I find that my online classes go into a bit more depth, and free me up to dig in deep. My traditional classes tend to wander and waste time with useless talk and busy-work, often.

    I know my experience is valid and I know yours' is, too. It just goes to show how differently we all learn.
  11. 0
    to respond to the above, You are right in that on line classes may go more in depth. But I think it is what you make it. if it is a subject that interests you, won't you be motivated to explore and read more.

    the important thing is to know yourself and the best way you learn. I learn best by discussion. i can't type as fast as i can speak, so it is very laborious to type out my thoughts. also i find that others do not type exactly what they want to say, and it comes accross the discussion thread in a convoluted or not clear manner.

    i am also a relationship oriented person. to me, in life, it is about relationships. I like to create them and maintain them. so to sit at computer at home alone, is not a great way for me. And unfortunately, i still have only dial up which makes transactions on the computer even slower.

    We all learn differently, so if you go to school, know what method works for you and go for it.

    Also, i found that once you have a masters, it does not really matter where it is from. It is just the fact that you have it. So if ucsf has your speciality that you want, that will be the place to go. but explore other universtities that may not cost as much or be in a less expensive place to live.

    that is all. could go on withthis thread forever. Exactly what i am trying to say. i use too many words becuase i am verbal person, where as the previous speaker said it in a few words.
  12. 0
    Excellent advise. You have to first assess how it is that you personally learn. This is a very important step.

    I'm doing quite well with online learning. I know a lot of people that need the classroom. One is not more superior than the other in my opinion because I've done both. Online learning for me is fine because I'm self-motivated, and don't need instant answers to any questions I have, and I like the flexibility.

    I always recommend that anyone that goes the online route, make sure the school has the proper accreditations, like NLN.
  13. 0
    Quote from emybabybaby
    I want to go thru an ADN degree to BSN. I want to know which is best, online or classroom? I want to get a BSN so that i can get into study for a master's degree in the university of California, San francisco. I wish to know if the online degree will be accepted for a master's degree in UCSF.
    Secondly, i want to get a BSN in Phoenix, Arizona. Which college offers an ADN to BSN program in nursing?

    Getting back to your original question about which is best for schools, you stated that you wanted to go to a Masters program to become a nurse midwife. I have found a website that may help you in your search. it lists all the schoolsl that have courses in this field. what is really exciting is that many of them have a RN to BSN program in the undergrad and some hve RN to MSn with a program in midwifery. if you are willing to move for graduate school there are some of these universities that are in very inexpense places. What i just found out is there are online schools for advanced practice for midwifery. How about that. anyway, here is the link.
    http://www.allnursingschools.com/fea...nurse-midwife/ I can vouch for the Emory School of nursing here in Atlanta because i have attended an orientation program for their graduate programs. They all were excellent. Very strongly clinical based.

    Good luck. keep going. the BSN will seem like it takes forever, but it will go by fast. Graduate school will go much quicker. Keep on going. I am excited for you to know what you want and to go for it!!!! Wish all nurses had your determination.


Top