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Hi, So I only have maybe 1 or 2 semesters left of Pre-req's. Where do I go from there? I know I want to be a RN, but I work at a hospital already doing Night shift so I need to do classes online. Are there any good 4 year online colleges in Colorado? I know I can't do all of the classes online but I thought I could get some of them done. Help! Any suggestions would help!

megananne7

Specializes in Assisted Living, Med-Surg/CVA specialty.

I don't think there is anyway to do a complete nursing program online. What would you do for clinicals?

NurseCard, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

My understanding is that you cannot earn your RN online, but once you go to school for your RN, you can then earn your BSN online.

I have never seen a school that allows you to become an RN online or through independent study unless you already have an LVN/LPN license.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

yes, there are online classes, but I forget the name of the program. They will contract with a nurse to act as preceptor for all the clinicals. We will not allow them here because of liability issues.

Hi, So I only have maybe 1 or 2 semesters left of Pre-req's. Where do I go from there? I know I want to be a RN, but I work at a hospital already doing Night shift so I need to do classes online. Are there any good 4 year online colleges in Colorado? I know I can't do all of the classes online but I thought I could get some of them done. Help! Any suggestions would help!

Unfortunately for you this is not possible. Anyone wanting to become an RN MUST be at a campus site. Those can be ASN, BSN, ADN. There are some programs that are full-time, weekends, and nights. Depending on how quickly you want to complete your studies. It isn't possible to do this because A LOT of your learning is hands-on, skills, and clinical rotations. My advice is to talk to your employer, go to a nursing administrator, and tell them you are in a nursing program and that you want to work for their facility when you are done with nursing school, if this is the case. This 1. might open a door for you to change your work schedule to fit your class needs. 2. could more than likely open you to getting some tuition assistance if your hospital participates in that.

P.S. IF you find a program that says they DO provide this, contact your state BON (board of nursing) and MAKE SURE you can get your licensing once it is completed. I know of a few people who fell for programs that stated this and the BON refused to acknowledge their training.

BON for your state is ALWAYS your go to for information regarding your license ability.

GOOD LUCK.

You likely will not be able to take any of your nursing courses on line. However, the other things like, english, math, etc you may be able to do on line. Laboratory science courses require that you are physically present for the laboratory part.

Many schools offer an on line version or lecture only classes. Even some of the nursing classes (lecture part only may be offered on line or via cable tv. It depends on the school. Generally nursing schools that serve a large geographic rural area will offer lecture on either cable,or closed circuit TV or even internet.

I know in norther Nevada schools cover a 200 mile radius. Students are therefore offered the option to watch lecture though interactive closed circuit tv or the internet depending on the particular school. This is a case were the nearest school is literally a hundred miles or more away.

Check with the school that you are interested in.

You likely will not be able to take any of your nursing courses on line. However, the other things like, english, math, etc you may be able to do on line. Laboratory science courses require that you are physically present for the laboratory part.

Many schools offer an on line version or lecture only classes. Even some of the nursing classes (lecture part only may be offered on line or via cable tv. It depends on the school. Generally nursing schools that serve a large geographic rural area will offer lecture on either cable,or closed circuit TV or even internet.

I know in norther Nevada schools cover a 200 mile radius. Students are therefore offered the option to watch lecture though interactive closed circuit tv or the internet depending on the particular school. This is a case were the nearest school is literally a hundred miles or more away.

Check with the school that you are interested in.

However, many urban schools also are offering lecture on line. Sometimes it simply is a matter of the department and instructors overcoming the unfamiliarity of doing a course this way. If a demand is great enough eventually instructors give in.

Let them know this is something you want.

jlcole45

Specializes in ER, ICU, Education.

There is no substitution to hands on practical experience that you will get in a rock and mortar school. You will be doing both yourself and the profession a great disservice, by skimping on your nursing education.

Some options include changing shifts to accommodate your school schedule, taking classes in the evening before your shift (Many of the community college programs offer evening nursing classes and clinicals), apply for financial aid through the school (so you don't have to work as much), apply for tuition reimbursement through your hospital, or take classes part time so that you can continue to work full time (that's what I did for both degrees). All of us had to make tough choices to go to school. If you want it bad enough you will find a way to make it work. Just remember it's only a few years, not forever - even though at times it might feel that way!

Good luck

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