How Do Part-Time RN Programs Work?

Part-time registered nursing (RN) programs allow you to pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree in nursing while maintaining full-time employment. Read on to discover how part-time RN programs work and whether these programs are right for you. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Part-Time RN Program Overview

At many schools, part-time programs are available that lead to an associate's degree in nursing (ADN) or a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN). Your course load and program length will vary depending on the school you choose, but part-time ADN programs generally take 2-4 years to complete. If you enroll in a part-time BSN program, you'll usually need to complete requirements within a certain timeframe - some programs mandate a period of 5-10 years. However, other schools offer part-time BSN programs that can be completed in as little as three years.

Important Facts About Part-Time RN Programs

Prerequisites High school diploma or GED; minimum GPA for some programs; completion of prerequisite courses
Continuing Education Most states require continuing education to maintain licensure.
Degree Levels Master of Science in Nursing; and doctorate degrees for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
Median Salary (2018) $71,730
Job Growth (2016-2026) 15%

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Course Information

If you enroll in a part-time RN program, you'll take classes in the evening, on weekends, online or through a combination of all three methods. The amount of time per week you'll spend on academic requirements depends on your program, but some part-time schools estimate that you'll only spend 20 hours a week on academic commitments. The courses you'll take as a part-time student are the same courses you'd take as a full-time student, including:

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Human growth and development
  • Microbiology
  • Pathophysiology
  • Pharmacology

If you enroll in a program with online courses, you'll be expected to own a computer with a reliable Internet connection. While some online courses have scheduled meeting times, others might allow you to complete assignments at your own pace. Keep in mind that very few programs are available in a fully online format - most require some in-person attendance, as well as clinical sessions.

Licensure Information

All prospective nurses are required to take the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (NCLEX-RN). Additional licensure requirements vary from state to state. Most nursing programs include clinical practicums that help you prepare for the licensure exam. During clinical hours, you'll receive hands-on practice working with patients. While full-time programs require students to complete a certain number of clinical hours per week, part-time programs may require a certain number of clinical hours per course. Part-time students often fulfill clinical requirements during the evenings or weekends.

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