Q: I work full time and have a family so I need to do all my training online. Is that possible to do?
A: Online nursing degrees are a tricky subject. Most online universities that tout nursing degrees actually offer advanced nursing degrees that require you to already be a Registered Nurse (RN). Most of these programs are either RN-to-BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) programs or RN-to-MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) programs. Both of these programs are designed to build on the experience and knowledge you already have as an RN. Several of the top schools in our rankings, including Capella University and Kaplan Unvirsity, offer RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MSN programs.
In addition, Kaplan University offers an Associate of Science in Nursing, which it says will help prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® (NCLEX-RN®), but does not guarantee that students will even be eligible or pass the test. It also requires access to clinical practicum sites and participation in nursing skills labs in Palm Beach County, Broward County, or Miami Dade County in Florida, which limits access considerably.
If you are interested in other nursing programs that don't require hands-on training, most of the schools we list in our nursing degree compare page offer such certifications and degrees.
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