Is it okay to take all pre-reqs for 2nd degree BSN programs online?


Hi there. I've been trying to look through the threads for an answer on this question but can't seem to find one. It looks like a lot of people applying to the second degree BSN programs have taken many of the required classes online, but I'm not sure if anyone has taken them all online.

My plan was to taken them all online, since I have an inflexible full-time job. Does anyone know if admissions committees look down on this sort of thing, or if they are okay with it?

Thank you in advance for your insight!




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I would contact the schools you are interested in applying to. One that I was considering wouldn't even count online science courses.


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I would contact the schools you are interested in applying to. One that I was considering wouldn't even count online science courses.

IA. Your best bet is to get in touch with the admissions office of the school(s) you're interested in, have your transcripts reviewed to see what they will/won't accept and also email/fax course descriptions for the prereqs you plan to take. They will let you know whether or not they'll accept them.


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I dont think its a great idea to take a pre-req like Anatomy/Physiology online, most nursing programs want to see you took the lab component. I went to an open house at Columbia University and they dont mind if you take all the other pre-reqs online, they even reccomended UPhoenix Online, but still conatct the schools you would apply to and be sure.


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I am taking all of them online and I find them easier but it depends on your nursing school. Where do you want to apply?

Specializes in Med-Surg, Geriatrics, Wound Care. Has 11 years experience.

I took 3 of my pre-reqs online through my community college. I don't know if they look different on my transcript. I don't think my school offered the sciences (A&P, Micro) online, since there is actual lab work involved. Some schools may offer "hybrid" programs, where you do the learning online, and show up for a lab. I took those classes in the evening, so as not to interrupt work.


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Yeah. My hope is to take all the classes online through some very inexpensive community colleges which are in another state. The community colleges in my area are so expensive. I feel very anxious about depleting my emergency fund or taking on debt before I'm even admitted to school, you know?


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I hate to sound like a broken record, but I would really really encourage you to double-check that the online courses will be accepted to the schools you plan on applying to. I'm so glad I double checked. It would be very upsetting if you took online courses and then the school you want to go to won't accept them and then you have to re-take them in the classroom.

Jaguar Boy

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just a word of my experience. I enrolled in a distance education Anatomy and Physiology course back in January with the intention of applying to 2 university 2nd degree nursing programs which accepted that distance course for the AP credit. Then, in February, I decided to apply to a third program which...did not give me credit for the course. I was accepted and I had to take an additional in-class/lab Anatomy course. So, it was more work for me in the end and tuition for one extra course...but I've aced the course!

All this to say that I agree with the previous posters that its a good idea to check with the schools you'd like to attend to make sure they recognize the online courses.


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I would say it is definitely possible to take the non-science prerequisites online. I took the majority of my english, psychology, and history classes online via a community college. The sciences (chemistry, anatomy & physiology, and microbiology), at my local community college, are NOT fully offered online. The closest thing available is a sort of hybrid class. The lectures, tests, and notes are online, but you must travel to school approximately once a week for a lab session. Without the lab session, you cannot get full credit for the course.

Like everyone else is saying, check with the nursing program that you wish to enter first. They will be able to best advise you as to their specific requirements.

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