What is an Online Nursing Program?

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  • Written By: Diane Goettel
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 08 November 2018
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An online nursing program is a program that works with people who are looking to complete a nursing degree but may have restraints on their time or economic resources. Matriculating into an online nursing program is often easier than matriculating into a traditional program for a number of reasons. First of all, testing times and study hours are usually scheduled according to the student's needs. Students who live far away from a traditional institution that offers a nursing degree can still take classes and complete a degree, all from the comfort of their own homes.

Online degrees are slowly gaining respect that is on par with degrees from traditional schools. Before beginning an online nursing program, however, it is very important to make sure that the online university or college is properly accredited. Studying with an established online school is a good way to make sure that the program is accredited and that your degree will be valid and useful in the work force.


An online nursing program may offer a number of different kinds of courses. There may be courses designed for students just entering the medical field who are trying to get their Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) certificate. There are also courses that help students to become Registered Nurses (RNs). Other courses intended to help students to complete associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in nursing. These courses are completed virtually which means that students communicate with their professors via email and online chats.

A great deal of information can be relayed via online courses. One of the drawbacks to an online nursing program is that they sometimes lack hands-on learning. Some programs combat this by setting up clinical courses or internships for their students. The program might, for example, work with a student to find a nearby medical facility such as a hospital, doctor's office, or other type of clinic where the student can either work part-time for the experience or complete internship work.

One of the reasons that people are turning to online programs is that they are often less expensive than traditional programs. Online programs do not require the same kind of overhead. The campuses are either very small or entirely virtual. This means that the online college or university does not have to pay for building maintenance or lease spaces for classrooms. With all or most students studying at home, there is no need for expensive facilities like computer labs.



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