Numerous colleges and universities offer online degree options for aspiring RNs. In general, these programs require on-campus clinical experiences and laboratory credits, along with online coursework. Applicants may need to be licensed practical nurses (LPNs) or in the process of completing an LPN degree program prior to enrollment. Some programs have additional requirements, such as a minimum GPA or prerequisite courses. Most accredited online RN degree programs focus on preparing students for RN licensure.
Northwestern Michigan College (NMC)
Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is a public community college located in Traverse City, Michigan. The city of about 15,000 residents is about 200 miles northwest of Detroit on Grand Traverse Bay, a large offshoot of Lake Michigan.
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Online
The associate degree in nursing (ADN) offered through Northwestern Michigan College's online program is mainly intended for full-time ADN students and students are only admitted into the program during fall semester. Although most of the coursework in this RN degree program can be completed online via e-mail, discussion boards and other Internet resources, clinical courses and laboratory practice require on-campus visits. While meeting those requirements, student must attend campus 2-3 days each week.
The curriculum for the associate degree program in nursing includes courses such as biology, contemporary ethical dilemmas, human anatomy and physiology, introduction to psychology and clinical nutrition. Graduates of Northwestern Michigan College's RN degree online program are prepared to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam.
- Institute Type: Public
- Tuition: $6,163 (2015-2016 academic year)
- Enrollment: 4,264 students
Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State)
With its traditional 'brick-and-mortar' campuses located in four Minnesota cities (Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena) and its online programs, Minnesota State Community and Technical College (M State) educates more than 6,500 students in academic credit courses each semester. M State's 'eCampus' programs and courses are presented to students via downloadable assignments, class discussion boards and email.
Online LPN-to-Associate Degree RN Program
The LPN to RN associate degree program at M State was developed to guide LPNs along the academic path to becoming an RN. It teaches the prospective RN the skills and abilities necessary to provide care in most health-related facilities. Graduates receive an Associate of Science degree and become eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN.
- Institute Type: Public
- Tuition: $5,338 (2015-2016 academic year)
- Enrollment: 6,391 students
Associate degrees in nursing require on-campus clinical and laboratory work due to the hands-on nature of the field, though much of the coursework is available online.