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5 Debunked Myths About Online Nursing Programs

Aug 17, 2017 | Harrison College

5 Debunked Myths About Online Nursing Programs

Research reveals that not only is online learning a convenient and flexible way to further your education, it's also an increasingly popular one.

In fact, more than 6 million students are currently logging in to attend at least one distance learning course. 

Yet, as this form of education continues to grow, so too are the misconceptions surrounding it. Today we're debunking five of the most common myths associated with online nursing programs.

Ready to learn more? Let's get started!

1. Online Nursing Programs Are Second-Rate

In many ways, an online program does differ from a classroom-based one. 

You aren't required to live in a dorm, eat on campus or participate in extracurricular activities. In fact, most programs eliminate the need to come to campus altogether, saving you time and gas.

Yet, the coursework, expectations and interactions that you'd expect in a traditional setting are all still present in an online environment.

You're getting the same level and degree of attention and support, only in a different format. This makes online programs equally professional, valuable and credible as an in-person classroom experience.

2. You'll Be Overlooked by Employers

Concerned that your current or future employer won't respect or value an online degree? You don't have to be. 

Today, employers are more concerned with what you know and how you can implement your skills than how you obtained your degree.

In fact, studies show that when scanning a candidate's resume, more than half of employers, 70.4 percent, mainly focus on whether or not that person has a strong work ethic.

Demonstrating the drive, self-motivation, and dedication it takes to complete an online program is a great way to ace that test.

3. You'll Be Swamped With No Balance

Sure, logging into class in your sweatpants sounds great, but not if you're also juggling work commitments, family matters, and a demanding schedule that barely affords you any personal time.

The good news is that many online nursing programs offer flexible learning options. These allow you to take classes at night, on weekends, or whenever you can.

As such, you can design your course load around what works best for you and your family, helping you avoid burnout and maintain a healthy school, work and home balance.

4. Your Degree Won't Be Accredited

There will always be a few institutions offering programs that aren't accredited. Yet, a little research can quickly show you the programs that differentiate themselves from the pack.

Look for a program that lists its accreditation source on its website or other marketing collateral.

Online nursing programs offering associate's degrees should be accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 

Bachelor's and master's degrees, such as an RSN to BSN program, should be accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

5. You'll Lose Hands-On Experience

At this point, you might be thinking, "Online nursing programs sound great, but don't I need to work in the field too?" Absolutely!

As you pursue your online degree, you'll have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare settings depending on your academic pathway.

This hands-on clinical experience allows you to put your skills into practice. It also helps ensure that once you graduate, you're comfortable working in a variety of nursing scenarios.

Ready to Go Back to School? Start Here!

Are you looking to further your academic and professional career but aren't sure where to start? Do you want a program that's flexible and accommodating to your busy schedule?

If so, we'd love to help.

From business to veterinary technology, we offer a range of degree programs. Many are flexible and include online components, making the transition back to school easier than ever before.

Feel free to browse our programs or reach out to request more information!

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