"Choosing an Online Nursing School."October 16, 2009 by By Jane Hodgkins
There are various considerations that you need to factor when selecting an online nursing school. The key, of course, is to enroll in an online nursing school that offers a program that is in tune with your career plan.
The internet is a valuable resource for finding information on online nursing schools. There are various websites that provide informative comparisons between online nursing schools. Limit your search to registered institutions that offer accredited courses. Maybe you should consider a school that allows you to progress from a basic nursing degree to associate degree and from there to an RN and MSN degree. Check if the school will allow you to choose your subjects. The number of participants in a study group is also important as it affects the level of interaction a student can have with a group instructor. It is actually a question of individual preference, you may wish for a small student-faculty ratio or perhaps a large group may be more stimulating for you.
If you are a working professional you should investigate if the school facilitates clinical studies and if you can carry out the same in your workplace. The clinical studies should involve sufficient practical experience; you can check with current and past students about a college’s reputation regarding clinical practice. Financial aid is an important consideration; schools offer various financial aid programs in collaboration with banks and other lending institutions, some are need based and some are merit based. The kind of campus placements that are offered by the school need to be weighed along with the other factors.
A few rules of thumb for selecting an online nursing school would also include the idea that you must first settle upon a course and then choose a school that offers a program most suitable to your needs. It is not a bad idea to factor in the distance of the school as you may benefit more by visiting the campus once in a while. You may also wish to compare the NCLEX pass rate records of different schools. It is a useful indicator of the manner in which a school grooms its students. Last but not the least; compare tuition fees as these can vary sharply between schools.
Posted by Mike Strawbridge October 16, 2009
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