Friday, June 27, 2008

Research Online Programs Carefully

When looking for an online nursing education program you need to do some research. Of course it needs to be an accredited program. There are several accrediting agencies such as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Some online programs require on-campus attendance as well as completing online courses. Others have cooperative agreements with clinical facilities and preceptors for you to complete clinical components. Others allow you to find your own qualified preceptor who is then approved by the school to supervise your clinical practicum.

Other considerations include whether you can take a part-time course load or must you make a full-time commitment? Tuition costs vary and financial aid issues should be investigated. Admission requirements can vary as well. Some want several letters of recommendation. Some have stricter GPA expectations from previous course work.

Programs can vary in the type and number of previous course credits that will transfer. Those who received their ADN many years ago should investigate whether courses will transfer. In most cases they will, but some individual classes may not.

The Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing offers an online nursing degree which is accredited by the NLNAC as well as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. One of the unique graduation requirements of this program is the completion of 30 hours of community service. Students can find their preceptor and no on-campus attendance is required. Contact the school for more specific information.

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