Online Nursing Schools and Courses

Learn about online nursing programs for LPNs and RNs. Discover the types of courses offered, career possibilities and professional licensure requirements for nurses. Schools offering Nursing degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

For the nurses who want to advance their careers taking care of our populace, there are many options available. With various educational choices available, you can succeed in a nursing program thanks to our wonderful world of modern technology.

Online Many options available online to complete courses while working
Programs LPN to RN, Bachelor or Master of Science in Nursing
Courses Human anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, community-based care, fundamental nursing care, pediatric and mental health nursing, administration, health policy, pathophysiology

What Types of Nursing Degrees Can I Get From Online Schools?

If you're a practicing LPN and you want to complete your associate degree to become an RN, you may have the option to complete an online LPN-to-RN program in your state. Since you've already met many of the necessary clinical experience requirement set by the National Student Nurses' Association (www.nsna.org), you can take all the non-clinical courses via distance education. The balance of clinical coursework needed to complete the RN program will need to be completed in person. The following schools offer you a chance to enroll in online programs:

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Chamberlain University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Purdue University

What Bachelor's Degrees Are Available?

Alternatively, if you're an RN who wants to prepare for graduate school or for professional advancement opportunities, you can enroll in an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Online programs give you the opportunity to complete clinical requirements at the medical facility where you're currently working, and they allow you to take classes at your own pace.

What About Graduate Degrees?

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs are an option if you're interested in a specialty area of nursing. With a master's degree, you can become an adult nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, family nurse practitioner, mental health nurse practitioner, nurse educator, nurse-midwife, nursing administrator or women's health nurse practitioner. Coursework includes practicums and assignments that involve applying the skills you've learned in clinical settings, including your current workplace.

What Do Courses Cover?

Introductory courses will familiarize you with the roles of nurses and acquaint you with the latest developments in healthcare. Some courses use virtual simulators that replicate situations in a critical care or maternity unit so you can practice procedural skills. Graduate courses cover topics related to your chosen specialization, whether it be nurse-midwifery or psychiatric nursing. Online courses in nursing include the following topics:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Pharmacology for nurses
  • Community-based patient care
  • Administering drugs, assessing vital signs and basic nursing skills
  • Pediatric nursing
  • Caring for the elderly
  • Mental health nursing
  • Assessing patients' health
  • Nursing informatics
  • Nursing administration
  • Pathophysiology for advanced nursing
  • Reproductive health care
  • Health policy
  • Chronic illness management

Will I Need To Be Licensed?

You must obtain a state-issued nursing license in order to practice. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing administers the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) that tests your nursing skills and knowledge (www.ncsbn.org). The NCLEX-PN is required for LPNs and the NCLEX-RN is mandatory for RNs who are applying for nursing licensure. You must complete a state-approved nurse training program before you are eligible to sit for the exam. Other license requirements vary by state, so you're advised to check your local nursing board for details.

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Popular Schools

  • Capella University

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    Popular programs at Capella University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

    Online Programs Available

  • Maryville University

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    Popular programs at Maryville University:

    • Bachelor Degrees

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  • Purdue University Global

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    Popular programs at Purdue University Global:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

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  • The University of Texas at Arlington

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    Popular programs at The University of Texas at Arlington:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

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  • Southern New Hampshire University

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    Popular programs at Southern New Hampshire University:

    • Master

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    Popular programs at Grand Canyon University:

    • Doctoral
    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

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  • Queens University of Charlotte

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    Popular programs at Queens University of Charlotte:

    • Master

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    Popular programs at Walden University:

    • Master
    • Bachelor Degrees

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