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Online Nursing Courses

The internet has afforded students in all disciplines with opportunities that were never dreamt of decades ago; who would have thought that there would be online nursing courses turning out many qualified nurses every year?

It is possible to earn a nursing degree online, and there are online nursing courses that offer RN, BSN and MSN degrees.

Of course, online nursing courses require the prospective nurse to go to a local hospital or medical center to complete his or her clinical training, but it is possible that the nurse can complete his or her degree without having to visit the campus.

This means that online nursing courses can be based in one part of the country and be taken by a student on the other coast. Therefore, competition between online nursing courses can be fierce, and this competition benefits the customer, or the student.

Online Nursing courses teach the same core curriculum that is learned in conventional nursing schools, such as Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry and special subject related directly to the nursing profession, such as dealing with a patient and explaining a diagnosis.

Online classes are hosted on the nursing site, and lectures can be viewed or read in written form. Often instructors will arrange times for online chats with students to answer any questions or to discuss further any topics. Homework assignments are e-mailed or faxed to the instructor.

For online nursing coursed, online work often is used for evaluating progress instead of exams, but the school may require that the nurse attend a proctored exam in a certain area between the student’s home and the school.

Many online nursing courses allow the student the luxury of learning at home without having to travel out of his or her way to attend courses. This is an ideal situation for a parent with significant childcare responsibilities or a student who works full-time.

Some online nursing courses allow the student a flexible schedule to complete assignments, although many online nursing courses expect the student to keep up with the traditional learners.

This requires a lot of self-discipline and motivation to be able to complete assignments along with the class without the constant presence of an instructor or other students.

However, any of these assignments can be discussed with the instructor or the other students online.

The requirements for admission to online nursing schools are the same as those needed for traditional nursing schools.

These requirements include:

~ A high school diploma or a GED
~ SAT and ACT scores
~ A GPA of at least 2.0
~ 3 years of math, including Algebra II and Geometry
~ 4 years of English
~ 2 years of a foreign language

These requirements may vary from school to school, and it is necessary to check what you need before applying. If you are missing some credits from high school, it is possible to take the missing course as an adult education class before applying to online nursing schools.

It is essential that, before embarking on a nursing program, that you ensure that your school is an accredited institution. This is necessary to earn your degree and to continue to another degree program.

Many students wish to continue and apply for an MSN program. This degree requires a degree from an accredited nursing school, the title of “Registered Nurse”, a good GPA and an application.

After graduating from nursing school, a prospective nurse must pass a state exam certifying him or her to practice nursing in a particular state.

If you move to another state, it is essential to find out how your degree will transfer, or if you will be able to take another RN exam to qualify in the new State of residence.

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