Can I Take Classes Online to Become a Certified Nurse?
Absolutely! There are many online programs for those wishing to become a CNA or other form of nurse or healthcare professional. There are dozens of programs within the nursing field, of which the most popular concentrations include:
- Phlebotomy / Clinical Medical Lab Technician
- Alternative Medicine / Healing Arts
- Dental Assisting & Dental Hygienist
- Diagnostic & Treatment Technician
- Health Information Technology / Records
- Healthcare Administration
- Human Services / Social Work
- Medical Assistant (MA)
- Insurance Biller / Coder
- Medical Office Assistant & Medical Transcriptionist
- Licensed Practical / Vocational Nurse Training (Certificate)
- Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
- Associate of Science in Nursing (AAS)
- Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)
- Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- Personal Training / Nutrition
- Pharmacy Technician / Assistant
- Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
- Surgical Technologist
- Ultrasound Technician
- Veterinary Medicine
- X-Ray / Radiologic Technician
Do Online Classes Transfer to Another School?
Most academic institutions across the country will accept at least some transfer of online credits from another accredited institution. However, it is important to check with your College or University to ensure that the online credits you are considering will transfer. We recommend speaking with an academic adviser from your College or University before enrolling in any online courses, to ensure that your hard work and tuition dollars will be accepted as future transfer credits.
Are Online Classes Better than Traditional Programs?
Online classes are often more convenient than traditional classes, as they better accommodate busy schedules offering flexibility to work after hours and on irregular time-frames. There is much debate in traditional academic circles as to if online courses are as good or better than traditional classroom models. Ultimately, however, it is up to you to determine if online training classes are right for you. There are many differing learning styles, and both online classes and traditional classes have their purpose.
Is it Cheaper to take CNA Classes Online?
Yes! Many online classes are cheaper than traditional classroom driven models. This is primarily due to the lower overhead of an online class. Online courses are also able to host larger class sizes, and teacher rates can often be lower than traditional in-classroom professors. Students will also save on transportation and commuting costs, or on-campus housing and dining plans if enrolled in online classes from home.
Online CNA classes generally cost anywhere from $500 to $2,000. Cost may vary greatly depending upon the institution and the state in which you live and the length of the program. Keep in mind that there are generally some additional costs involved in taking the CNA certification exam and receiving licensure within your state.
How Long Does a Typical CNA Training Program Take to Complete?
The length of CNA training can vary from program to program. A few accelerated online courses can be completed in as few as 4 weeks, but most will take 8 to 12 weeks. Almost all traditional CNA training programs take less than 6 months to complete. Online CNA classes can sometimes be completed faster than traditional programs, but this is not always the case.
Can Online Classes Fill Up?
Just like traditional classes, online classes have a cap, and can fill up once this maximum capacity is reached. Online classes, however, can often accommodate larger class sizes than traditional classes, due to their limited overhead compared to the traditional class model. The size of an online classes vs traditional is also dependent upon the size of the College or University. Universities with very large lecture halls may have larger traditional class sizes than online courses, while smaller community and technical colleges often have larger online class sizes due to their on-campus design.
Are There Online LPN Programs?
There are indeed online classes to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)! Many online colleges and universities have a Diploma in Practical Nursing program which is designed to help students prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam and hit the ground running in their career as an LPN nurse. Employers may see a Diploma in Practical Nursing as a differentiator to other applicants who have just simply passed the NCLEX-PN exam. When considering online LPN programs look for accreditation through a nationally recognized governing body such as the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, (NLN CNEA). If you are already a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and interested in receiving your Practical Nursing (PN) license, see our CNA to LPN page, or if you are in California or Texas, CNA to LVN (Licensed Vocational Nurse).
Will Online Classes Make Professors Extinct?
Online classes will not make professors “extinct”. Rather, a shift to more online education models will shift the role of a professor in tandem. Most online classes have a professor running them, posting the videos, assignments, notes, and administering the tests. A professor of an online course will often teach traditional classes as well, simply adapting the course material to the format in which it is delivered. There are also many programs, certifications, and degrees that require hands-on, in-classroom instruction (such as labs).
One item of note, however, is that the average online class is larger than the average traditional class. As online classes can accommodate more simultaneous students, there may be some downsizing of professor staff and not as many teachers are needed. However, this shift may not occur for many years, as the enrollment rate of online courses would need to grow considerably from current levels to require the need to displace some professors.
Will Online Classes Replace Traditional Learning?
While enrollment rates for online classes are steadily growing year over year, they are not expected to overtake traditional learning anytime soon. Adoption for online courses is certainly growing, however there is a high concentration with just 5% of schools accounting for almost 50% of online student enrollment in 2023. Furthermore, over half of all students who enroll in an online course will also take some form of traditional in-classroom credits during their education. Overall, the education statistics clearly show a growing trend towards online education, as each year in recent history the percent of online course enrollment has been increasing.
What Will Change in a Post COVID-19 Era?
The medical field is fast evolving, and must continually adapt and evolve to the changing landscape. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, there have been numerous changes in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements, hygiene protocols, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. The OCR has issued a bulletin on Civil Rights Laws and HIPAA Flexibilities that are in response to the COVID-19 emergency. The OCR’s Notice of Enforcement Discretion allows nurses to care for patients digitally, over the internet, through commonly used apps like FaceTime, Skype, and Zoom. This forced response to the COVID-19 crisis has revolutionized the healthcare sector, paving the way for a new era of telehealth remote communications from nurses to patients. In response, many online nursing programs have adapted their training curriculum to include telehealth and HIPAA training.
For those nursing practitioners in Nursing Management or Nursing Informatics, you will need to familiarize yourself with the latest in HIPAA regulations due to changes in telehealth protocols. The duties and requirements of Nursing Informatics is rapidly changing in these unprecedented times, and it is essential that medical staff remain informed.