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Online Classes for an Associate Degree in Nursing

Several academic institutions offer online classes for individuals seeking to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). Though most programs require clinical hours in addition to online classes, graduates who complete both components are usually eligible to take the state licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) to become registered nurses.

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Essential Information

Both individual nursing courses and complete associate degree programs in nursing are available online for individuals interested in becoming registered nurses (RNs). Many of these programs are designed to enroll nurses who are currently working at the licensed practical nurse (LPN) level, since they already have a foundation of hands-on nursing experience.

Applicants who are not currently LPNs might consider looking for a program that allows them to complete online general education courses in subjects like math, communications and the humanities; many institutions offer this option. Applying these credits toward a traditional 2-year nursing degree program is one way to incorporate online learning into an on-campus program.

List of Online Associate-Level Nursing Courses

Below are the descriptions of some commonly offered online nursing courses.

Foundations of Nursing Course

This online course provides students with an overview of the standards, history and practices of the nursing profession. Nursing topics such as holistic patient care, multicultural awareness and mental health influences are introduced to students through virtual classroom interaction.

Anatomy and Physiology Course

Through the use of Web-based videos and discussion boards, this online class introduces students to the multiple structural and functional systems within the human body. Understanding how the organs, nerves and body chemistry function independently and together is essential knowledge for those pursuing a medical career. Most nursing programs require a lab component in addition to this online course.

Management and Communications Course

Nursing professionals are required to work with a variety of individuals within the health care system, so knowledge of proper leadership, management and communication skills is essential. This online class helps students understand the importance of establishing collaborative relationships and making executive decisions that benefit their fellow health care workers.

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      • Graduate: Doctorate, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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  • Areas of study you may find at Boise State University include:
      • Graduate: Master
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework, Diploma
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
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      • Non-Degree: Coursework
      • Post Degree Certificate: Post Master's Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
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