Want To Earn an Advanced Nursing Degree? Try Distance Learning!
It seems like these days everyone is doing just about everything online, and that is particularly true when it comes to online courses and distance learning. In fact, according to U.S. News & World Report, there were over 6.3 million students who enrolled in at least one online course as of fall 2016, a growth of more than 5 percent from 2015.
Frontier Nursing University (FNU) has embraced distance education and provided a fully web-based experience, with 100 percent of its students enrolled online. But before the internet was even in use for education, FNU piloted a community-based distance education nurse-midwifery program in 1989. The program was built to fulfill FNU’s mission to educate nurse-midwives and nurse practitioners to serve all individuals, with an emphasis on women and families in diverse, rural, and underserved populations.
With an array of online offerings three decades later, students seeking higher education in nursing and midwifery are meeting those goals at FNU. From 2013 to 2017, enrollment jumped from 1,934 to 2,263 students – an increase of 17 percent. Why are so many people turning to online programs?
The Benefits of Online Learning
Online and distance learning courses offer convenience and access that wasn’t possible with traditional programs in decades past. If you weren’t on or near campus, you were unable to take classes – until the internet became widely available. Now, students can enjoy the many benefits of online programs:
- Access your coursework, assignments, and more from anywhere with internet availability
- Work at your own pace to complete course work in a specified timeframe
- Continue to work or focus on other obligations while earning your degree
- No need to find on-campus housing or worry about transportation to classes
- Choose from many affordable options
Programs That Help You, Help Others
Nursing programs are particularly popular because there is such a high demand for qualified nurses. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 203,800 nurse practitioner jobs in the U.S. as of 2016.
With that in mind, FNU’s community-based, distance education programs allow nurses to achieve their higher education goals by earning a master’s or doctoral degree. For those seeking a master’s degree or post-graduate certificate, FNU offers four specialties including nurse-midwifery, family nursing, women’s health care and psychiatric-mental health. Using clinics, hospitals, and preceptors in their own community allows FNU students to get the hands-on clinical experience required for their respective health care professions.
Completing graduate nursing education from a distance is possible, and it may open up a wide range of job opportunities – or help you work toward an even higher nursing degree.
The Time To Start Is Now
The great thing about online nursing courses is that it’s never too late to start! FNU offers four admitting classes throughout the year. Choose from any of FNU’s online programs and start earning your degree today. Check out our degree and specialty offerings and fill out an application today.