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    Want to get a nursing degree?

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    I am 22 years old, and am a newlywed, as like most newlyweds, we are trying to get our feet on the ground financially. I have always wanted to be a nurse, but never went for it (when the time was right) and now I work an 8-5 job M-F. The problem is, I want to take some courses online, are there any courses online that could LEAD me in the right direction to become a nurse in the near future? I want to earn either my Associates or my Bachelors degree in something, I just don't know what. I would go to a regular college and just get my nursing degree, but for financial reasons, I cannot quit my job and go to school at the same time. Any suggestions as to what kind of degree I could get online that would be helpful/useful in the long run for an RN? Thanks any advice would be appreciated!

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    From what you have said, I assume that you have not taken any college courses or, if you have, it has only been one or two. In order to be accepted to most nursing programs, you must have a number of non-nursing courses such as English 101 and 102, Intro to Psych, Developmental Psych, Chemistry, etc. Some of the science courses do require a lab but other courses can be taken online. I would go talk to an advisor in the nursing programs in your area to find out what their "general education" requirements are. Once you know those, you should be able to find a university or college that teaches that course online. You should be able to complete some or all of your gen eds online. (For those that require a lab, consider nigth courses or weekend courses at your local community college.)

    Once the gen eds are complete and you have been accepted to a nursing program, you will have to attend the nursing courses in person. After you get your associate degree in nursing, you can go back to the internet to complete your bachelor's online...and, if you are still excited, you can even do a master's online.

    Good luck!

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    I would suggest that you look into a medically related profession that can be transferred to an online nursing program.

    One that comes to mind is to go to paramedic school. There are plenty of part-time programs out there that are designed for working adults. Once you become a paramedic you can enter into a paramedic to rn bridge program. Those are offered on campus or online. Check out the careers that you could do in healthcare to transition to an RN at Excelsior College. You could continue to work and go to school and at the end of it all you will get that RN that you are looking for.

    Good Luck

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    In your problem, why you can't take on that degree at the same time you have in your job? is there a conflict to your schedule? if you're willing to take that degree so go for it.. I know you will have a better future if you become a nurse in the future..

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    Here is a link to an online degree in Respiratory Therapy. (CRT). Very pricey$$$!
    Respiratory Therapy Course | Online Respiratory Degree | Associate

    I don't know of any direct entry online nursing programs. Most online nursing schools require a previous credential like LPN, LVN (Practical Nurse) to enroll in the RN.

    There is one school in New York called Excelsior College that allows those with significant medical background to challenge the RN but they still have a 50% pass rate. ie: Foreign trained MD's, paramedic/corpsman, respiratory therapists, LPN, PA's, etc.

    http://www.excelsior.edu/ecapps/face...on=detail&id=5


    PS. I just noticed this is a 2 year old post!
    Last edited by leadsled; 11-25-2012 at 12:50 PM.
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    Can you do evenings or weekends instead of online?

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    If you really want to an R.N. you have to sacrificed..I think it is better for you to work partime job only not full time in order for you to have more time in your studies. because I tell you to be a registered nurse is not that easy as what you think..You need to have more time to study for you to pass
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    thanks Leadsled for sharing that link it is really very helpful to me...thanks again...

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    Nice thread..

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelhardy View Post
    I am 22 years old, and am a newlywed, as like most newlyweds, we are trying to get our feet on the ground financially. I have always wanted to be a nurse, but never went for it (when the time was right) and now I work an 8-5 job M-F. The problem is, I want to take some courses online, are there any courses online that could LEAD me in the right direction to become a nurse in the near future? I want to earn either my Associates or my Bachelors degree in something, I just don't know what. I would go to a regular college and just get my nursing degree, but for financial reasons, I cannot quit my job and go to school at the same time. Any suggestions as to what kind of degree I could get online that would be helpful/useful in the long run for an RN? Thanks any advice would be appreciated!
    You can join online courses related to nursing program, which helps you to improve your knowledge, enrich your skills and boost your career. My friend Tim joined one Basic Life Support (BLS) course at the American Medical Academy, which is a Healthcare service provider course. This course includes skill practice and testing also. BLS certification process is affordable and much easier.
    Last edited by Louisarlen; 07-27-2013 at 09:52 AM.

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