As the struggle to educate more and more registered nurses continues to expand and the nursing crises continues to see growth online colleges and universities are looking to develop comprehensive online rn programs to help fill more spaces in the classroom.
By develop adequate online rn programs colleges and universities will be able to educate more students and provide more flexibility to those who have a strong desire to enter the nursing field but may be limited by their location, schedule or time.
Online rn programs educate students through a number of different teaching methods including textbook coursework, video lessons, online classroom lectures, video conferencing and online group activities.
Depending on the online rn program a student chooses they may still be required to perform certain classroom activities at the college or university they attend to such as performing lab work or taking certain exams, so it’s important to understand what is required of the rn program before deciding on which program to participate in.
While participating in an online program that is far from home may not seem like a big deal, if it requires you to attend certain school functions it may prove to be more difficult than worth the effort and it may be a better to participate in a program that’s closer to home.
It is also important to understand that while the online rn program may be online nursing students may still be required to work an internship/mentorship at a local hospital or health care center just as their classroom counterparts would be required to.
Finally, while online rn programs may offer students more flexibility in terms of location and time they don’t provide the same level of classroom interaction that is available to students who participate at a nursing college or university.
There are definitely benefits to taking online rn programs but students must be focused and dedicated in order to succeed since they are ultimately responsible for their study time.
To help you decide whether or not online nursing programs are right for you we have created a list containing some of the pros and cons of participating in an online rn programs.
Pro’s and Con’s of the online rn programs
- Allows students more flexibility with their time and location
- Allows more qualified students to enter a college or university that may have limited classroom seating
- Allows students who enjoy a classroom atmosphere with more options and the ability to take part of the rn program online
- Online rn programs that offer adequate video conferencing may make it significantly easier to gain access to teachers when students have questions they need answered immediately
- Students may have more difficulty learning and staying focused in a non classroom environment
- Students may not have direct access to teaching personnel and/or tutors to help them with their classroom assignments since direct interaction may be limited, unless the student also participates in campus classroom lectures and college activities
- Classroom material may not always be 100% clear at first since students have to contact teachers through email and other online methods
While this short list definitely doesn’t contain all of the pros and cons of online rn programs it can help give you a basis for determining whether or not the online rn program you are interested in is right for you.