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How do you feel about distance learning (online learning) for pre-reqs?


I can't afford to cut down on working full time in order to go to on campus classes, so I'm looking into a full degree program that one of my local community colleges offers. I can finish all of the pre-reqs in a year or so, which is faster than I would be able to do on campus.

Do you think I would benefit more from taking the time to do them in person? I've done online learning before and I don't have a problem with it, my only problem was that my last school was horrid and none of my credits transfer.

Edited by Joe V

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

Some courses like science you won't be able to take fully online, because of labs but I'm sure your community college offers a blended option. Other than that, then why not? I actually learn better when I take online classes as opposed to in-person classes. If you feel like you can handle it, then good luck :)

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

The main thing is to make sure that the program you want to appkly to will accept them. Some programs will nort accept online prerequisites.

The main thing is to make sure that the program you want to appkly to will accept them. Some programs will nort accept online prerequisites.

The nursing program is offered by the same school and all of their online classes count just the same as their on campus classes. Trust me, I made VERY sure of this before I even considered it after my last experience.

Personally, just the idea of staying out of my car and the traffic and wasting the travel time to and from school is enough to make me opt for the online course. However, there was so much extra busywork involved with an online course I took one time that I wondered before getting halfway through the course if it was worth it or not. Amount of online "busywork" should also be something that you investigate for each course before you decide.

loriangel14, RN

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

Have you had any experience with doing online education? I have in the past and I wouldn't do it again. I found just dealing with glitches of logging on, submitting work was a hassle. plus I really need the interaction of a classromm to make things stick. Everyone hadifferent lerning styles. If online works for you then it may be worth a shot.

It depends on your style if learning. I find that I generally learn easily from books and often find the class pace slower depending on the classroom. So I chose the "easy" prerequisites to do online and the classes I thought I could benefit from face to face interaction at the school. So right now I am taking English Math and a mandatory welcome to college online, a Safety and First Aid hybrid class where we meet to do skills, and am taking A&P and Psychology at the school. I'm actually ahead on all my online classes (3 weeks ahead on math actually) because if I have 15 to 20 minutes I can complete assignments here and there and be done with them. I am actually wishing that I took a hybrid A&P because I read ahead for class and am finding lecture to be quite boring and a repeat of what I read, especially because my professor tends to go off on tangents. Hopefully this will change as class advances.

Oh and I have 2 kids and work from home so with this set up I only have to physically be at the school 2 days a weeks. Saves me ALOT on gas.

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, SuziiLanette:

I finished my RN prerequisites with a combination of on campus, virtual learning (aka online), and blended (lectures online, lab plus all exams on campus). Online classes tend to be harder for the most part; I would not recommend taking the core sciences with a lab online unless that was your only option as that would increase the difficulty tremendously. Unless the school dumbed it down; and in that case, you are only harming yourself.

Thank you.

You might want to look in Straigherline. They offer a nursing bundle. The nursing schools ive looked into(which are great schools!) have said they would except them as transfer credits for prereqs and the bundle is under $500

I love online classes. I don't have to drive and I can do school assignments any hour. Plus, the biggest reason is I don't have to listen to other students yap about crap that doesn't pertain to the subject or if it does, such as a disease how their family member had that and the Dr said to do this or that. I work 50+ hrs Wkly & child is grown so that makes it easier too.