Online graduate-level pharm, phys, patho classes

  1. I'm interested in taking some advanced classes in pharmacology, physiology and pathophysiology. I really enjoyed the hard science aspect if nursing school and prerequisites, and am toying with the idea of CRNA school somewhere down the line. I read that taking these classes is a good way to prepare and can also strengthen your application, but I'm also interested in gaining more in-depth knowledge in these subjects for the sake of having that knowledge. The trouble I'm running in to is that schools I've contacted in the area do not offer these classes a la carte- you have to be enrolled in a degree program to take them. Does anyone know of schools that offer classes like this online without requiring matriculation in a degree program? I know they must exist but so far I haven't had much luck finding any.
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  3. by   RealNurse419
    Try Liberty University
  4. by   elegant.lil.lady
  5. by   missnurse01
    I don't think the Sam Merritt courses are grad level....and I was excited about phys since I am looking for online phys, but I see they require onsite work as well. The search continues!

    OP-UNE has some courses online at 1500 a pop, was hoping to find something cheaper.
  6. by   hiddencatRN
    It seems like $1500 a class is the going rate.... USJ in CT offers classes and that's about what they charge.'m checking out Liberty too.
  7. by   missnurse01
    I could not find them at Liberty, or one that was 'advanced' and online anyway...

    I have been searching the past few weeks, and on and off for a few years.

    The link you posted for the other school...I found the online grad level phys, but too rich for my blood. 1900 bucks. dang it.

    I may just take the intro to mammalian phys offered thru VCU, it is self paced and only 200 bucks. I assume not as much detail as the others...then supplement with Dr. Najeeb's lectures...
  8. by   usancrn
    I have taken some grad level classes at Liberty U. They are great. I feel like I am learning and yet I can do everything in my own time. You can choose to do the class in 8 weeks or in 16 weeks. Luckily, I get a military discount so my tuition is only $250/credit hour. Otherwise I believe it is around $400 which is less than others I have seen as well...

    Hope this helps!!
  9. by   27medic
    I also went with liberty university. I liked the 8 wk and 16 wk option, suggest only one at a time if you choose the 8 wk option, especially if you are working full time.
  10. by   SunniFutureCRNA
    Have you tried UMASS?
  11. by   RealNurse419
    I took advanced patho and pharm at Liberty. Loved the 8 week option too
  12. by   ryanblakdeth
    For anybody considering Liberty University Online, I just talked with them on the phone. You have to apply to the school first, but the $50 application fee is waived if you apply over the phone. Plus, the 8 week options start in January, March, May, and probably in June or July. They have a academic calendar up until August. The actual courses aren't too bad either. For example, in the 8-week pathophysiology course, each week has a typical discussion with 2 responses, a total of 3 exams, and it looks like 2 projects or so. Not bad for 8 weeks.
  13. by   ahSICURN
    Thank you HiddencatRN for posting this question, and thank you everyone else for responding! I have spent hours trying to find a pathophysiology class that would fit my full-time work schedule. I called Liberty a few days ago and I am now on my way to taking this very important class. You all helped a TON!

    THANK YOU!!!
  14. by   detroitdano
    First things first, I've been told by numerous programs that having taken courses in a real classroom looks way better than online. Sure, it's more convenient, but it's also usually more expensive.

    I looked at taking A&P through University of Phoenix and it was over $2,000 with no real lab portion. So I took a 3-credit course at a local community college WITH lab and it was only $600. Cheaper, looks better, has a lab, why the heck would you not go that route? I worked full-time on midnights in winter semester (3 or 4 days a week depending on available OT), took two 4-credit courses both with lab finishing with A's in both, did P90X 6 days a week and managed it just fine. Set your priorities straight and you can do it too. Not trying to brag here, I'm just saying you need to really buckle down because it's not easy to balance all of that.

    As for sneaking into a real class, you are better off talking to the instructor or someone within the actual department offering the course like the program director, not just a secretary. I slid into a graduate level statistics course at a university while being enrolled as a post-Bachelor student. As a graduate student, it would have cost more, like about $1000 more, but I got a course override from the instructor because he has some empty spots he needed filled anyways. Give that a shot. It may not work out for you, but it can't hurt!

    Good luck!