What Is Nursing School Online Like?
You are already a busy healthcare professional. Now you are ready to look at educational opportunities that will help further your nursing career. Of course, there are challenges. You may have a family that demands your attention, or you may work a night shift that eliminates your ability to attend evening classes, you just may not have the time to drive to campus, find a parking place, or sit in a classroom for several hours. Nursing school online may just be the solution for you!
Even then, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions about attending an online nursing school. What is nursing school online really like, especially for busy people who may already be working long, demanding shifts as a nurse? Online learning can be beneficial for those who are working full-time, or juggling busy schedules!
Ohio Online Nursing Programs Offer Flexible Schedules!
Advance your nursing career online with a Post Licensure Nursing Program at Ashland University:
- Nurse Educator Certificate
- School Nurse Program
- RN to BSN Online Program
- Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Health Systems Leadership
- Doctorate of Nursing Practice (MSN to DNP) - Advanced Practice Nurses
- Doctorate of Nursing Practice (BSN to DNP) - Family Nurse Practitioner
The great news is that most programs in online schools for nursing are designed to fit demanding schedules like yours. In fact, one of the best RN to BSN online programs is at Ashland University. Our program offers flexible progression with part-time and full-time options. You can progress at your pace - speed up or slow down as needed.
At Ashland University, we understand that you are balancing multiple responsibilities and need the flexibility that comes with online nursing school studies. For example, we know that many nursing professionals are not able to participate in RN to BSN programs on campus and so we offer a robust online program that enables you to pursue manager or leadership responsibilities in a nursing role.
Self-Paced – Self-Disciplined
Flexible scheduling in a nursing school online may sound like the perfect solution for a busy professional to pursue an advanced healthcare degree. However, with that flexible schedule comes the need for self-discipline! Traditional classroom studies include a formal schedule for attendance. Online nursing schools enable you to study at your own pace, which means you will have to be self-disciplined about reading the course materials and completing the assignments.
That busy life of yours is full of distractions and it will be up to you to schedule time to complete your studies in a timely manner. Being self-disciplined may be one of the biggest challenges in completing a degree online, but as a nursing professional you have faced the need to be self-disciplined in many other situations in your career. You know what you need to do and how to do it. You set your priorities, and arrange your schedule accordingly. Putting that effort and focus into an Online Nursing Program can be extremely rewarding - personally and professionally!
Virtual interaction with classmates and instructors
Even with the need for self-discipline and the opportunity for self-paced classes, you are not alone as you participate in programs such as Ashland University’s accredited RN to BSN online program. Throughout each course you will interact with your classmates and supportive instructors through online discussions and forum posts.
As you progress through the program, you will also have the expertise of Ashland University’s Nursing faculty, who serve as academic advisors. In addition, our online nursing school professors have both academic credentials and real-world experience in the field. Our faculty members are first and foremost outstanding teachers who enjoy mentoring students.
Same quality standards as classroom-based instruction
You may be wondering if an online nursing school course of study gives you the same quality education that you will find in a classroom-based program. Ashland University’s online nursing school programs are all of the highest quality. You receive 27 credit hours for previous nursing knowledge acquired in your prelicensure program. Unlimited credits may transfer to AU. Ashland University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to grant associate’s, bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees. Our online nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Affordable, rewarding accomplishment
The cost of RN to BSN online programs may seem out of reach for you, but at Ashland University we make our programs affordable as well as rewarding. Some of your previous credits and even some work experience may transfer in, and therefore, reduce the number of classes you’ll need to take to complete your degree! This opportunity could reduce your expenses and bring you a step closer to accomplishing your goal of a quality online nursing school degree!
Opportunity to advance your career
When you participate in online nursing school programs, you have the opportunity to learn about a range of different topics pertinent to your profession and earn an education that may well help you advance your career. For example, with Ashland University's BSN to DNP or MSN to DNP programs, you can focus on either the Family Nurse Practitioner program or Health Systems Leadership program, or Advanced Practice. You may have become interested in teaching other nurses. In that case, our Online Nurse Educator Certificate Program may be the perfect solution for you.
If you feel called to share your nursing experiences and expertise with other nurses and nursing students, perhaps you are suited for a career in nursing education. Did you know that in pre-licensure nursing education programs, the demand continues for nursing faculty and teaching assistants? Compelling data from the Ohio Board of Nursing, Pre-Licensure Nursing Education Programs Summary of Annual Reports (2016) demonstrates the need for nurse educators.
Have you thought about completing an online nursing school program to pursue a career in school nursing? Our School Nurse Certificate program will prepare you to facilitate normal development and positive student responses to interventions; promote health and safety, including a healthy environment; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self-management, self-advocacy, and learning.
Designed for licensed nurses to continue or expand their educational and career opportunities
Ashland University offers high quality programs as part of our nursing school online degrees. We offer you the opportunity to use your previous education and your nursing experience to pursue a higher degree and to advance your career in the nursing field. When you participate in one of our online nursing school programs, you will have the opportunity to complete a degree on your schedule, using the skills in self-discipline that you have learned in your career as a healthcare professional to prioritize your schoolwork and complete your courses. You will have options for completing those courses that are designed specifically for the career path you have chosen.