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HELP - Online Nursing Programs

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by kmgladney kmgladney (New) New

Hello! Let me provide a little about my background before providing my question. I'm 35, married, and work FT in Corporate America. I live in the Dallas, TX area. I have a 3 year old and we are planning to have 1-2 more kids. I have a BBA and MBA but have a strong desire to switch careers and go into nursing. I have pondered on this for several years and have considered going into other directions due to all the programs locally that are FT during the day which is not feasible. However, my heart keeps leading me back to nursing. I currently also volunteer at a hospital. I'm willing to put in the work needed but wanted to see if there are any recommended online programs for obtaining that BSN to where I can still work FT or any campus programs that are in the evenings/weekends? I REALLY want to go to nursing school but can't afford to not work as we depend on both incomes. Right now, I'm taking prereqs but looking at all options. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

There are no fully online entry to practice programs. All require in person skills testing and clinical rotations. Some programs are hybrid that offer online theory with in person skills & clinical rotations one or two days a week.

Every ABSN program I've seen is full time on campus with perhaps with online corequisite but these programs are fast paced and intense some require students work part time or not at all to commit to an intense program.

Yes, I totally forgot to say that I do expect to do clinicals onsite. I'm referring to the classroom aspect of it. Are their any schools that allow for the classroom to be online (or in the evenings) with your additional clinicals onsite at a local hospital?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

There are a couple of programs but not ABSN programs that I've ever seen. Try your local county college ASN program. Mine has one that's one day a week on campus but no nights only

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

You didn't say what state you are in but residents of select states can do a hybrid entry to practice BSN with Western Governors University. There is a forum dedicated to WGU

I'm in TX (in Dallas). Yes I heard about WGU, but was unsure about it. Thank you!