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Are you interested in a career that's meaningful and challenging with a great salary, benefits, and opportunities for advancement? You should think about becoming a nurse! No segment of the economy is growing faster than the healthcare industry, and nurses have more options than ever before.

You'll start by learning about the skills and prerequisite courses you'll need to qualify for nursing school and the different pathways to becoming a nurse. Then you'll get an introduction to licensing exams and a crash course in medical basics: acronyms, medicals, blood tests, and radiology—just enough to get your feet wet.

As you progress through the course, you'll learn about several different fields of nursing—from traditional bedside work to critical care areas, like the OR and ICU, to lesser known branches of the field, like nursing informatics. Basically, there's a nursing specialty for everyone, whether your dream is an adrenaline-fueled job in a fast-paced emergency department or a desk job working for the government. You'll also gain information about what you can do with a graduate degree in nursing, and take a quick peek at some of the other medical positions you might be interested in, like radiology technician or physical therapist.

Along the way, you'll read actual interviews from nurses currently working in the field, and learn about basic clinical skills to put you ahead of the game for nursing school. By the end of this course you'll know what it takes to become a nurse and what kind of opportunities are out there, and you'll even have a foundation of basic medical knowledge to build on. If you've ever thought about nursing, now is the time to find out more!

What you will learn with our Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course

  • Medical Basics
  • Welcome to Nurse Training
  • The Frontlines of Nursing
  • Nursing for Adrenaline Junkies
  • Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators
  • Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-to-Fivers
  • Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities
  • Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World
  • Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course - Requirements

The Explore a Career in Nursing Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

  • Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
  • Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

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Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course

Lesson 1: So You Want to Be a Nurse

Chapter 1: Introduction

This course will walk students through the steps to becoming a nurse, from prerequisites through board exams, and then provide an inside look at some of the numerous specializations they can pursue once they have their license. Seeing what happens in classes, clinical settings, and on the workplace might help them determine if nursing is the perfect career for them.

Chapter 2: Why Become a Nurse?

Why Become a Nurse?

When most individuals think about nursing, they presumably envision a nurturing vocation where they'll work at a patient's bedside, alleviating their suffering. If they desire, this can definitely be their nursing experience. However, they can work as a nurse in a variety of situations, all of which can be rewarding.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Benefits to You!

Chapter 3: How Do You Become a Nurse?

How Do You Become a Nurse?

They've probably heard about the various sorts of nursing schools and programs available. Maybe they have a friend who graduated from a community college with a nursing degree. Perhaps their next-door neighbor has a Master's degree.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nursing Licenses
  • Nursing Schools
  • Nursing Specialties

Chapter 4: What Do You Need to Become a Nurse?

What Do You Need to Become a Nurse?

It will begin with a discussion of nursing program qualifications, followed by a discussion of intellectual, physical, and mental abilities they can develop to help them on their way to being a successful nurse.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Prerequisites
  • Academic, Physical, and Mental Skills

Chapter 5: Summary

They'll need special skills to be a successful nurse. Many of these, though, they can hone and enhance during their training. They may already have some of them—they simply don't realize it since they've never put them to the test.

Lesson 2: Medical Basics

Chapter 1: Introduction

Hearing medical professionals communicate in this manner in a real-life context can be intimidating—almost like visiting a foreign country and having no idea what the locals are saying. This course will cover "medicalese," as well as a quick look at doctor titles and who does what in a hospital setting. It will go over some basic nursing equipment that they should be aware of.

Chapter 2: Doctors and Terminology

Let's talk about doctors for a few minutes before we go into alphabet soup and words that take more than one breath to speak.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Doctors
  • Terminology

Chapter 3: Medical Equipment and Tests

They've presumably seen a lot of the equipment discussed in this chapter, and they've probably also gone through some of the exams. But first, let's go over the most frequent sorts of medical equipment and tests to make sure they understand the essentials.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Common Medical Equipment
  • Common Medical Tests

Chapter 4: Medical Math

In Lesson 1, it discussed the necessity of fundamental math and provided a simple example problem. It will look at a couple of slightly more difficult problems merely to give them a better idea of the math needed in becoming a nurse.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Calculate Patient's Intake and Output
  • Calculate Proper Dosage
  • Program IV Pump at Proper Rate

Chapter 5: Summary

When it comes to technical knowledge, the most important thing is to determine out what works best for them. Some people excel at studying with flashcards on their own. Others must quiz and be quizzed in a group setting. Perhaps they're the student who devises a mnemonic method to recall all of the bones in the skull, or perhaps you simply practice labeling a blank diagram until they can do it.

Lesson 3: Welcome to Nurse Training!

Chapter 1: Introduction

It's time to learn more about nursing education. It discussed necessary classes and is now going on to nursing school. It will go over some of the things students may expect from nursing school, such as RN or LPN nursing courses, and then it will go through the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which they must pass in order to become a nurse.

Chapter 2: Nursing School 101

There is no such thing as a typical nursing school experience. Depending on the speciality they choose (RN or LPN) and the program they enroll in, they could spend anywhere from 12 to 4 years in school. Classes might be held every day or twice a week, and they might be held online or in person.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Lectures
  • Simulations
  • Clinical

Chapter 3: Licensing Exam

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a national licensing exam that students must pass in order to become a nurse.

Chapter 4: Internships, Residencies, and On-the-Job Training

Nursing internships and residency programs are available at many hospitals and clinics. There's also on-the-job training, which gives students the assurance that they'll get the skills and tools they need to succeed.

Chapter 5: Summary

It's possible that everyone's nursing school experience will be unique. Spend time examining specific schools' websites for information, and then try to question current students regarding class diversity and temperament.

Lesson 4: The Frontlines of Nursing

Chapter 1: Introduction

This session will begin with the most common jobs that new graduates take, which are also the jobs that most people think of when they hear the word nurse. One-third or more of newly graduated nurses wind up working as a bedside nurse in a hospital.

Chapter 2: Hospital Bedside Nursing

This session will begin with the most common jobs that new graduates take, which are also the jobs that most people think of when they hear the word nurse. One-third or more of newly graduated nurses wind up working as a bedside nurse in a hospital.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Hospital Floor Employees

Chapter 3: Outpatient Clinic Nursing

Perhaps working in a hospital with hundreds or thousands of other people isn't for them. Perhaps they prefer a more intimate setting where everyone knows each other and they aren't juggling six to eight patients at once.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How Does It Differ From Hospital Work?
  • Clinic Nursing Tasks
  • Clinic Employees

Chapter 4: Long-Term Care Nursing

Long-term care nursing is the final category of basic nursing that will be discussed. The majority of people associate "long-term care" with old individuals in nursing facilities. Long-term care patients are mostly seniors, though there are some younger persons as well. Long-term care nurses can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How Does It Differ From Hospital and Clinic Work?
  • Types of Facilities
  • Long-term Nursing Employees
  • Long-term Nursing Tasks

Chapter 5: Summary

Students have studied everything there is to know about working on the front lines of nursing, which is where the majority of new grads will wind up. They could work as a floor nurse in a hospital, a clinic nurse in a doctor's office, or a long-term care nurse in a skilled nursing facility, depending on their preferences.

Lesson 5: Nursing for Adrenaline Junkies

Chapter 1: Introduction

It will delve into the forms of nursing that people appear to be most interested in. Students may already know if they want to work as a nurse in a fast-paced emergency room.

Chapter 2: ER Nursing

The ER is commonly referred to as the ED by nurses and other hospital employees. This is most likely due to the fact that few emergency departments have only one room.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of Trauma Centers and Eds
  • Trauma Center and ED Nursing Roles

Chapter 3: Perioperative Nursing

The perioperative setting is like a separate world. Nurses who work in the holding area, surgery, or the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) rarely float. Their professions are extremely specialized, and each one necessitates a thorough understanding of surgical equipment and procedures. Many hospitals only recruit RNs for perioperative care, while an LPN might be able to serve as a scrum nurse.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Perioperative Nursing Roles
  • Perioperative Employees

Chapter 4: ICU Nursing

Patients are stabilized by the time they arrive in the ICU, and the ICU nurses and doctors will do everything possible to maintain them that way. It's all about control: meticulous vitals checks, rigorous measurements of intake and output, and calls to the doctor at the first hint of problem.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of ICUs
  • ICU Nursing Tasks

Chapter 5: Summary

During surgeries, the OR is usually quiet, but the ED and ICU may be quite noisy—IV pumps blaring, monitors alarming, phones ringing, and so on. It's one thing to make quick decisions when you can easily concentrate, but it's quite another to function in the midst of pandemonium.

Lesson 6: Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators

Chapter 1: Introduction

If dealing with critically ill patients scares you, one of the following occupations might be right for you. It will be discussed here about nursing occupations that focus on counseling and patient advocacy. Mental health nurses can work in a variety of settings, both inside and outside of hospitals, with patients who are mildly or severely mentally ill.

Chapter 2: Psychiatric Nursing

How people feel, their thought processes, their ability to cope with stress or change, and their everyday functioning are all factors in mental health. Mental health is not a static state, which implies that it can vary over time.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Myths About Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing Facilities
  • Psychiatric Healthcare Workers

Chapter 3: Hospice Nursing

Hospice care is palliative, which means it relieves pain and suffering without aggressively treating the disease. Painkillers, IV fluids, and tube feedings can all be used to keep dying patients as comfortable as possible in their final months.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Myths About Hospice Care
  • Hospice Care Nursing Roles

Chapter 4: Case Management and Health Coaching

Nursing tasks such as clothing changes, IV insertion, and medication administration are often not performed by case managers and health coaches. Rather, they assist patients or clients in obtaining the tools they require in order to live safe and healthy lives.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Case Managers
  • Health Coaches

Chapter 5: Summary

Regardless of the outcome, patients gain enormously from nurses who take the time to listen to them. Therapeutic communication is a skill they learn in nursing school that will benefit them both professionally and personally.

Lesson 7: Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-to-Fivers

Chapter 1: Introduction

It has already looked into a number of nursing specialties, all of which place a strong emphasis on patient care and advocacy. However, just as there are public-facing police officers and others who operate behind desks, there are nurses who operate behind the scenes rather being directly with patients. These nurses work in fields such as research, informatics, and legal nurse consulting.

Chapter 2: Research Nursing

Medical professionals are continually planning and conducting research studies on topics ranging from new drugs and treatments to the most effective way for student nurses to learn procedures to the most expedient way to transfer patients through the emergency room.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Medical Research Facilities

Chapter 3: Nursing Informatics

Nursing informatics is a branch of nursing that combines clinical nursing with information technology. Informatics nurses design and manage software that aids medical practitioners in analyzing large volumes of data and making treatment decisions. Informatics nurses must be well-versed in nursing science as well as computer savvy.

Chapter 4: Legal Nursing

Legal nurse consulting is a relatively recent specialization, with the first legal nurse consultants (LNCs) appearing in the mid-1980s. LNCs consult on medical-related legal disputes using their specific training and medical knowledge.

Chapter 5: Summary

Legal nurse consulting is a relatively recent specialization, with the first legal nurse consultants (LNCs) appearing in the mid-1980s. LNCs consult on medical-related legal disputes using their specific training and medical knowledge.

Lesson 8: Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities

Chapter 1: Introduction

It will look at what it takes to be a school or parish nurse in this section. School nurses work the same hours as instructors in elementary, middle, and high schools. Parish nurses provide for both medical and spiritual needs in faith-based communities.

Chapter 2: School and Parish Nursing

Topics to be discussed include:

  • School Nursing
  • Parish Nursing

Chapter 3: Correctional Facility Nursing

Correctional nursing is concerned with the care of patients in jails, prisons, and juvenile detention centers. These are some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in need of healthcare, and they provide distinct obstacles to the work.

Chapter 4: Public Health Nursing

Nurses that work in public health usually have a bachelor's degree and are registered nurses. Some students go on to pursue Master's degrees in public health, epidemiology (the study of disease causes, spread, and control), or other related subjects. Nurses who work in public health must have a broad knowledge base. They should be at ease speaking in front of a group as well as making one-on-one visits.

Chapter 5: Summary

Community health nursing is a broad and diverse area with opportunity for new and seasoned nurses alike. Many people admire school nurses' schedules and working conditions, but it takes a special person to work in jail or public health nursing.

Lesson 9: Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World

Chapter 1: Introduction

Travel nursing, disaster relief nursing, and armed forces nursing will all be covered. Long stints with nonprofit groups like Doctors Without Borders or brief journeys to areas affected by natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis might be part of disaster relief or medical mission nursing.

Chapter 2: Travel Nursing

Take, for example, the objective of travel nurses. It's likely that they've heard about the nursing shortage. The average age of a nurse is 46, according to the American Nursing Association, and more than half of the nursing workforce is nearing retirement. When you combine that with the fact that people are living longer and requiring more treatment, the need for nurses is expected to rise.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Where Travel Nurses Work
  • Contracts

Chapter 3: Medical Mission Nursing

Long-term work for an international charity organization like the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders, and short-term work at a relief site following a local or international natural disaster are the two sorts of medical mission nurse roles.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How to Get Involved

Chapter 4: Military Nursing

Registered nurses can apply for a variety of military occupational specialties, or MOSs, in the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the majority of which they can do immediately out of school. The Coast Guard hires nurses from the United States Public Health Service Corps, while the Marines use Navy medical personnel.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Comparing Army, Navy, and Air Force Nursing

Chapter 5: Summary

Nursing positions that require travel are not for everyone. Travel nurses receive very rudimentary on-the-job training, and their occupations necessitate a certain level of flexibility. Medical mission nurses frequently labor in hazardous areas without the tools they require to conduct their jobs effectively. Military nurses must also commit to long periods of service and may be required to travel to risky places.

Lesson 10: Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing . . . and More!

Chapter 1: Introduction

This course will fill in some of the gaps we left along the road, as well as showcase some lesser-known nurse jobs and supervisory opportunities.

Chapter 2: Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing

Some nurses simply do not want to work with adults, and that is perfectly ok. If they can be patient and start in a specialized area that isn't precisely what they desire, there are plenty of pediatric positions available. Others desire to work primarily in obstetric nursing, assisting in the delivery of babies rather than dealing with sick people.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Obstetric Nursing

Chapter 3: Team Nursing

Team nurses serve on specialized teams and travel about their hospital providing care to patients in various units, rather than working in a department or clinic and seeing med/surg or specialty patients. IV therapy, wound/ostomy care, and dialysis are three of the most popular specialty nursing teams.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • IV Therapy
  • Wound/Ostomy
  • Dialysis
  • Working in Teams

Chapter 4: Charge Nurses, Supervisors, and Managers

Hospitals are massive enterprises with multiple levels of management. Although this arrangement is not exclusive to nursing, it frequently results in a staff nurse having three or four distinct bosses on any given shift. Hospitals aim to avoid this by implementing policies that apply to the entire facility. However, many of the people who draft these policies have never worked as nurses or haven't done so in a long time.

Chapter 5: Summary

These highly specialized jobs aren't as common as med/surg jobs, but that doesn't imply they're out of reach. If they're prepared to put in the effort, almost anything is possible in nursing.

Lesson 11: Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Chapter 1: Introduction

To be accepted into clinical programs such as nurse practitioner or anesthesia school, students must complete certain standards. However, individuals can begin their prerequisite or basic courses immediately after completing their bachelor's degree in such programs.

Chapter 2: Non-Clinical Advanced Nurses

If they are a nurse educator, they may work as a lecturer or as a hospital educator. They won't take their own patients unless they have a second employment as a bedside nurse in these circumstances. If they work as a nurse executive, the same thing applies. They'll be in charge of a department, performing administrative duties but not patient care.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Executives

Chapter 3: Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NPs) treat and educate patients in a variety of specialties. They assess patients and design treatment programs in collaboration with physicians or in their own practices. Prescriptive privileges for NPs vary by state, with some requiring a doctor's approval for all but the most basic prescriptions, while others grant NPs the same prescription authority as physicians.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of Nurse Practitioners

Chapter 4: Nurse Anesthetists

Doctors are typically assigned to more complex situations, such as open-heart surgery, whereas CRNAs are assigned to more routine ones. Despite this, we frequently regard CRNAs as the pinnacle of nursing careers, owing to their high remuneration. CRNAs might earn up to $120,000 in their first job out of school.

Chapter 5: Summary

Students may not be interested in pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree right now, but they never know when that will change.

Lesson 12: If You're Still Not Sure

Chapter 1: Introduction

Applying to nursing school entails completing prerequisite courses, paying an application fee, and perhaps taking or retaking standardized examinations. It is not a decision to be taken lightly. This lesson will also assist them in clarifying their feelings towards nursing.

Chapter 2: The Highs and Lows of Nursing

Nursing appeals to students, but they are unsure if it is the correct career path for them. No one can make that decision for them, but this chapter aims to provide them with the truth about nursing, both the good and the negative. Perhaps they've considered these issues, or perhaps they've never considered them.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nursing High Points
  • Nursing Low Points

Chapter 3: Other Allied Health Professions

So, while they are unsure about nursing, they are still interested in the medical sector. That's perfectly OK. There are a variety of other allied health jobs that could be a good fit for them. A bachelor's degree or less is required for all of the following jobs.

Chapter 4: How to Find More Information

Nursing is a continually changing field, and the issues that nurses faced in the "little white hat days" are unlikely to be the same issues that you face today. If you're having trouble finding recent novels, look for them on blogs or message boards.

Chapter 5: Summary

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

There are 12 units of study

So You Want to Be a Nurse 

In this first lesson, you'll discover some of the many benefits of becoming a nurse. We'll discuss the different pathways to getting a nursing Certificate or degree, and we'll look at the pros and cons of each. We'll also talk about some things to think about before you seriously consider nursing school, like prerequisite classes and some of the skills that can help set you up for success. Got math? Are you a good multitasker? Do you like talking to other people? Great! If not, it's never too early to start practicing!

Medical Basics

Today's lesson is a crash course in medical basics. Without getting too detailed, we'll discuss some common medical acronyms, and you'll learn how to decode intimidating medical terminology. We'll talk about different types of doctors, equipment, and tests that nurses encounter, and then we'll finish up with an introduction to medical math. It sounds a little scary, but this lesson will serve as a foundation to understanding the ones that follow. And the information presented here can be helpful whether you work in the medical field someday or just want to know a little bit more about what's really happening when you or your loved ones go to the doctor.

Welcome to Nurse Training!

This lesson is all about nurse training. First, we'll take a look at exactly what happens in nursing school—from the coursework to the clinical rotations to the exams. But school is just the beginning! After graduation, there's the NCLEX licensing exam, where you'll demonstrate that you've learned enough to be a safe and competent nurse. Then, it'll be time for your first nursing position, where you might enroll in a nurse internship or residency, or you might receive additional training in your department. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good idea of the different types of training you might go through on your path to becoming a nurse.

The Frontlines of Nursing

Today we're going to look at the three most common job settings for new nurses—hospital acute care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. You'll learn about the different specialties you can pursue in each area, the colleagues you might work with, and what working as a nurse in these three areas is really like.

Nursing for Adrenaline Junkies

Many people consider ER, OR, and ICU nursing the most exciting fields of nursing! We'll discuss what it's really like to work in these settings—and how this compares to what you see on TV. You'll learn how ERs triage patients, what it means to scrub or circulate in the OR, the different types of ICUs, and a whole lot more.

Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators

There are certain fields in nursing that require more care and compassion than others. We're going to discuss psychiatric nursing, hospice nursing, case management, and health coaching in this lesson. These positions are less likely to be adrenaline-fueled, but they're rewarding in their own ways. These are careers that focus on the counseling and patient advocacy roles of nursing. We'll discuss psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse centers and the people you'll work with there, as well as some of the most common tasks in working with patients who are dying and those who are looking to maintain good health and healthy practices.

Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-to-Fivers

This lesson is about careers that focus on the research, education, management, and change agent roles of nursing. We'll be looking at research nursing, informatics nursing, and legal nurse consulting. Although most nurses working in these fields have at least a year of clinical nursing experience, none of these positions requires additional certification or degrees.

Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities

What have you heard about community health nursing? This is a specialty that encompasses a variety of positions, from school nurses to prison nurses to Red Cross disaster relief nurses. Community health nurses engage in all six of the nursing roles, with heavy focus on education, patient advocacy, and being a change agent. We'll explore what it really means to be a community health nurse—where you work and what you might be doing.

Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World

Today's lesson is for wanderers! We'll explore everything from working as a travel nurse in a neighboring town to taking to the high seas as a member of the Navy Nurse Corps. We'll also look at medical mission work like Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Ships. If you want to use your nursing skills while seeing the world, get ready to love this lesson.

Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing . . . and More!

No nursing survey course would be complete without touching on pediatric and obstetric nursing. We'll take a look at these specialties and then check out a few other nursing positions that involve working on a team instead of in a department. Finally, we'll round out Lesson 10 with a quick peek at what it means to be a charge nurse or nurse manager.

Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

This lesson is for overachievers and forward thinkers. Maybe you want to be a nurse but you know you're going to want to do more than basic clinical nursing. You might be thinking about teaching or hospital administration. Or perhaps you want to become a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. We'll look at all of those options in this lesson!

If You're Still Not Sure

What if you've gone through this course so far and learned about nursing school and licensing exams and the different fields of nursing, but you still don't know if nursing is right for you? That's okay! This final lesson will recap the highs and lows of nursing and give you some ideas about alternatives to becoming a nurse. We'll also look at some strategies for getting more information so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make a decision.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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Are you interested in a career that's meaningful and challenging with a great salary, benefits, and opportunities for advancement? You should think about becoming a nurse! No segment of the economy is growing faster than the healthcare industry, and nurses have more options than ever before.

You'll start by learning about the skills and prerequisite courses you'll need to qualify for nursing school and the different pathways to becoming a nurse. Then you'll get an introduction to licensing exams and a crash course in medical basics: acronyms, medicals, blood tests, and radiology—just enough to get your feet wet.

As you progress through the course, you'll learn about several different fields of nursing—from traditional bedside work to critical care areas, like the OR and ICU, to lesser known branches of the field, like nursing informatics. Basically, there's a nursing specialty for everyone, whether your dream is an adrenaline-fueled job in a fast-paced emergency department or a desk job working for the government. You'll also gain information about what you can do with a graduate degree in nursing, and take a quick peek at some of the other medical positions you might be interested in, like radiology technician or physical therapist.

Along the way, you'll read actual interviews from nurses currently working in the field, and learn about basic clinical skills to put you ahead of the game for nursing school. By the end of this course you'll know what it takes to become a nurse and what kind of opportunities are out there, and you'll even have a foundation of basic medical knowledge to build on. If you've ever thought about nursing, now is the time to find out more!

What you will learn with our Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course

  • Medical Basics
  • Welcome to Nurse Training
  • The Frontlines of Nursing
  • Nursing for Adrenaline Junkies
  • Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators
  • Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-to-Fivers
  • Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities
  • Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World
  • Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course - Requirements

The Explore a Career in Nursing Course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7.

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  • Be a self-directed learner
  • Possess sound language and literacy skills

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Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course

Lesson 1: So You Want to Be a Nurse

Chapter 1: Introduction

This course will walk students through the steps to becoming a nurse, from prerequisites through board exams, and then provide an inside look at some of the numerous specializations they can pursue once they have their license. Seeing what happens in classes, clinical settings, and on the workplace might help them determine if nursing is the perfect career for them.

Chapter 2: Why Become a Nurse?

Why Become a Nurse?

When most individuals think about nursing, they presumably envision a nurturing vocation where they'll work at a patient's bedside, alleviating their suffering. If they desire, this can definitely be their nursing experience. However, they can work as a nurse in a variety of situations, all of which can be rewarding.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Benefits to You!

Chapter 3: How Do You Become a Nurse?

How Do You Become a Nurse?

They've probably heard about the various sorts of nursing schools and programs available. Maybe they have a friend who graduated from a community college with a nursing degree. Perhaps their next-door neighbor has a Master's degree.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nursing Licenses
  • Nursing Schools
  • Nursing Specialties

Chapter 4: What Do You Need to Become a Nurse?

What Do You Need to Become a Nurse?

It will begin with a discussion of nursing program qualifications, followed by a discussion of intellectual, physical, and mental abilities they can develop to help them on their way to being a successful nurse.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Prerequisites
  • Academic, Physical, and Mental Skills

Chapter 5: Summary

They'll need special skills to be a successful nurse. Many of these, though, they can hone and enhance during their training. They may already have some of them—they simply don't realize it since they've never put them to the test.

Lesson 2: Medical Basics

Chapter 1: Introduction

Hearing medical professionals communicate in this manner in a real-life context can be intimidating—almost like visiting a foreign country and having no idea what the locals are saying. This course will cover "medicalese," as well as a quick look at doctor titles and who does what in a hospital setting. It will go over some basic nursing equipment that they should be aware of.

Chapter 2: Doctors and Terminology

Let's talk about doctors for a few minutes before we go into alphabet soup and words that take more than one breath to speak.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Doctors
  • Terminology

Chapter 3: Medical Equipment and Tests

They've presumably seen a lot of the equipment discussed in this chapter, and they've probably also gone through some of the exams. But first, let's go over the most frequent sorts of medical equipment and tests to make sure they understand the essentials.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Common Medical Equipment
  • Common Medical Tests

Chapter 4: Medical Math

In Lesson 1, it discussed the necessity of fundamental math and provided a simple example problem. It will look at a couple of slightly more difficult problems merely to give them a better idea of the math needed in becoming a nurse.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Calculate Patient's Intake and Output
  • Calculate Proper Dosage
  • Program IV Pump at Proper Rate

Chapter 5: Summary

When it comes to technical knowledge, the most important thing is to determine out what works best for them. Some people excel at studying with flashcards on their own. Others must quiz and be quizzed in a group setting. Perhaps they're the student who devises a mnemonic method to recall all of the bones in the skull, or perhaps you simply practice labeling a blank diagram until they can do it.

Lesson 3: Welcome to Nurse Training!

Chapter 1: Introduction

It's time to learn more about nursing education. It discussed necessary classes and is now going on to nursing school. It will go over some of the things students may expect from nursing school, such as RN or LPN nursing courses, and then it will go through the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), which they must pass in order to become a nurse.

Chapter 2: Nursing School 101

There is no such thing as a typical nursing school experience. Depending on the speciality they choose (RN or LPN) and the program they enroll in, they could spend anywhere from 12 to 4 years in school. Classes might be held every day or twice a week, and they might be held online or in person.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Lectures
  • Simulations
  • Clinical

Chapter 3: Licensing Exam

The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a national licensing exam that students must pass in order to become a nurse.

Chapter 4: Internships, Residencies, and On-the-Job Training

Nursing internships and residency programs are available at many hospitals and clinics. There's also on-the-job training, which gives students the assurance that they'll get the skills and tools they need to succeed.

Chapter 5: Summary

It's possible that everyone's nursing school experience will be unique. Spend time examining specific schools' websites for information, and then try to question current students regarding class diversity and temperament.

Lesson 4: The Frontlines of Nursing

Chapter 1: Introduction

This session will begin with the most common jobs that new graduates take, which are also the jobs that most people think of when they hear the word nurse. One-third or more of newly graduated nurses wind up working as a bedside nurse in a hospital.

Chapter 2: Hospital Bedside Nursing

This session will begin with the most common jobs that new graduates take, which are also the jobs that most people think of when they hear the word nurse. One-third or more of newly graduated nurses wind up working as a bedside nurse in a hospital.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Hospital Floor Employees

Chapter 3: Outpatient Clinic Nursing

Perhaps working in a hospital with hundreds or thousands of other people isn't for them. Perhaps they prefer a more intimate setting where everyone knows each other and they aren't juggling six to eight patients at once.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How Does It Differ From Hospital Work?
  • Clinic Nursing Tasks
  • Clinic Employees

Chapter 4: Long-Term Care Nursing

Long-term care nursing is the final category of basic nursing that will be discussed. The majority of people associate "long-term care" with old individuals in nursing facilities. Long-term care patients are mostly seniors, though there are some younger persons as well. Long-term care nurses can work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How Does It Differ From Hospital and Clinic Work?
  • Types of Facilities
  • Long-term Nursing Employees
  • Long-term Nursing Tasks

Chapter 5: Summary

Students have studied everything there is to know about working on the front lines of nursing, which is where the majority of new grads will wind up. They could work as a floor nurse in a hospital, a clinic nurse in a doctor's office, or a long-term care nurse in a skilled nursing facility, depending on their preferences.

Lesson 5: Nursing for Adrenaline Junkies

Chapter 1: Introduction

It will delve into the forms of nursing that people appear to be most interested in. Students may already know if they want to work as a nurse in a fast-paced emergency room.

Chapter 2: ER Nursing

The ER is commonly referred to as the ED by nurses and other hospital employees. This is most likely due to the fact that few emergency departments have only one room.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of Trauma Centers and Eds
  • Trauma Center and ED Nursing Roles

Chapter 3: Perioperative Nursing

The perioperative setting is like a separate world. Nurses who work in the holding area, surgery, or the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) rarely float. Their professions are extremely specialized, and each one necessitates a thorough understanding of surgical equipment and procedures. Many hospitals only recruit RNs for perioperative care, while an LPN might be able to serve as a scrum nurse.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Perioperative Nursing Roles
  • Perioperative Employees

Chapter 4: ICU Nursing

Patients are stabilized by the time they arrive in the ICU, and the ICU nurses and doctors will do everything possible to maintain them that way. It's all about control: meticulous vitals checks, rigorous measurements of intake and output, and calls to the doctor at the first hint of problem.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of ICUs
  • ICU Nursing Tasks

Chapter 5: Summary

During surgeries, the OR is usually quiet, but the ED and ICU may be quite noisy—IV pumps blaring, monitors alarming, phones ringing, and so on. It's one thing to make quick decisions when you can easily concentrate, but it's quite another to function in the midst of pandemonium.

Lesson 6: Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators

Chapter 1: Introduction

If dealing with critically ill patients scares you, one of the following occupations might be right for you. It will be discussed here about nursing occupations that focus on counseling and patient advocacy. Mental health nurses can work in a variety of settings, both inside and outside of hospitals, with patients who are mildly or severely mentally ill.

Chapter 2: Psychiatric Nursing

How people feel, their thought processes, their ability to cope with stress or change, and their everyday functioning are all factors in mental health. Mental health is not a static state, which implies that it can vary over time.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Myths About Psychiatric Nursing
  • Psychiatric Nursing Facilities
  • Psychiatric Healthcare Workers

Chapter 3: Hospice Nursing

Hospice care is palliative, which means it relieves pain and suffering without aggressively treating the disease. Painkillers, IV fluids, and tube feedings can all be used to keep dying patients as comfortable as possible in their final months.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Myths About Hospice Care
  • Hospice Care Nursing Roles

Chapter 4: Case Management and Health Coaching

Nursing tasks such as clothing changes, IV insertion, and medication administration are often not performed by case managers and health coaches. Rather, they assist patients or clients in obtaining the tools they require in order to live safe and healthy lives.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Case Managers
  • Health Coaches

Chapter 5: Summary

Regardless of the outcome, patients gain enormously from nurses who take the time to listen to them. Therapeutic communication is a skill they learn in nursing school that will benefit them both professionally and personally.

Lesson 7: Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-to-Fivers

Chapter 1: Introduction

It has already looked into a number of nursing specialties, all of which place a strong emphasis on patient care and advocacy. However, just as there are public-facing police officers and others who operate behind desks, there are nurses who operate behind the scenes rather being directly with patients. These nurses work in fields such as research, informatics, and legal nurse consulting.

Chapter 2: Research Nursing

Medical professionals are continually planning and conducting research studies on topics ranging from new drugs and treatments to the most effective way for student nurses to learn procedures to the most expedient way to transfer patients through the emergency room.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Medical Research Facilities

Chapter 3: Nursing Informatics

Nursing informatics is a branch of nursing that combines clinical nursing with information technology. Informatics nurses design and manage software that aids medical practitioners in analyzing large volumes of data and making treatment decisions. Informatics nurses must be well-versed in nursing science as well as computer savvy.

Chapter 4: Legal Nursing

Legal nurse consulting is a relatively recent specialization, with the first legal nurse consultants (LNCs) appearing in the mid-1980s. LNCs consult on medical-related legal disputes using their specific training and medical knowledge.

Chapter 5: Summary

Legal nurse consulting is a relatively recent specialization, with the first legal nurse consultants (LNCs) appearing in the mid-1980s. LNCs consult on medical-related legal disputes using their specific training and medical knowledge.

Lesson 8: Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities

Chapter 1: Introduction

It will look at what it takes to be a school or parish nurse in this section. School nurses work the same hours as instructors in elementary, middle, and high schools. Parish nurses provide for both medical and spiritual needs in faith-based communities.

Chapter 2: School and Parish Nursing

Topics to be discussed include:

  • School Nursing
  • Parish Nursing

Chapter 3: Correctional Facility Nursing

Correctional nursing is concerned with the care of patients in jails, prisons, and juvenile detention centers. These are some of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in need of healthcare, and they provide distinct obstacles to the work.

Chapter 4: Public Health Nursing

Nurses that work in public health usually have a bachelor's degree and are registered nurses. Some students go on to pursue Master's degrees in public health, epidemiology (the study of disease causes, spread, and control), or other related subjects. Nurses who work in public health must have a broad knowledge base. They should be at ease speaking in front of a group as well as making one-on-one visits.

Chapter 5: Summary

Community health nursing is a broad and diverse area with opportunity for new and seasoned nurses alike. Many people admire school nurses' schedules and working conditions, but it takes a special person to work in jail or public health nursing.

Lesson 9: Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World

Chapter 1: Introduction

Travel nursing, disaster relief nursing, and armed forces nursing will all be covered. Long stints with nonprofit groups like Doctors Without Borders or brief journeys to areas affected by natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis might be part of disaster relief or medical mission nursing.

Chapter 2: Travel Nursing

Take, for example, the objective of travel nurses. It's likely that they've heard about the nursing shortage. The average age of a nurse is 46, according to the American Nursing Association, and more than half of the nursing workforce is nearing retirement. When you combine that with the fact that people are living longer and requiring more treatment, the need for nurses is expected to rise.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Where Travel Nurses Work
  • Contracts

Chapter 3: Medical Mission Nursing

Long-term work for an international charity organization like the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders, and short-term work at a relief site following a local or international natural disaster are the two sorts of medical mission nurse roles.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • How to Get Involved

Chapter 4: Military Nursing

Registered nurses can apply for a variety of military occupational specialties, or MOSs, in the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the majority of which they can do immediately out of school. The Coast Guard hires nurses from the United States Public Health Service Corps, while the Marines use Navy medical personnel.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Comparing Army, Navy, and Air Force Nursing

Chapter 5: Summary

Nursing positions that require travel are not for everyone. Travel nurses receive very rudimentary on-the-job training, and their occupations necessitate a certain level of flexibility. Medical mission nurses frequently labor in hazardous areas without the tools they require to conduct their jobs effectively. Military nurses must also commit to long periods of service and may be required to travel to risky places.

Lesson 10: Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing . . . and More!

Chapter 1: Introduction

This course will fill in some of the gaps we left along the road, as well as showcase some lesser-known nurse jobs and supervisory opportunities.

Chapter 2: Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing

Some nurses simply do not want to work with adults, and that is perfectly ok. If they can be patient and start in a specialized area that isn't precisely what they desire, there are plenty of pediatric positions available. Others desire to work primarily in obstetric nursing, assisting in the delivery of babies rather than dealing with sick people.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Obstetric Nursing

Chapter 3: Team Nursing

Team nurses serve on specialized teams and travel about their hospital providing care to patients in various units, rather than working in a department or clinic and seeing med/surg or specialty patients. IV therapy, wound/ostomy care, and dialysis are three of the most popular specialty nursing teams.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • IV Therapy
  • Wound/Ostomy
  • Dialysis
  • Working in Teams

Chapter 4: Charge Nurses, Supervisors, and Managers

Hospitals are massive enterprises with multiple levels of management. Although this arrangement is not exclusive to nursing, it frequently results in a staff nurse having three or four distinct bosses on any given shift. Hospitals aim to avoid this by implementing policies that apply to the entire facility. However, many of the people who draft these policies have never worked as nurses or haven't done so in a long time.

Chapter 5: Summary

These highly specialized jobs aren't as common as med/surg jobs, but that doesn't imply they're out of reach. If they're prepared to put in the effort, almost anything is possible in nursing.

Lesson 11: Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Chapter 1: Introduction

To be accepted into clinical programs such as nurse practitioner or anesthesia school, students must complete certain standards. However, individuals can begin their prerequisite or basic courses immediately after completing their bachelor's degree in such programs.

Chapter 2: Non-Clinical Advanced Nurses

If they are a nurse educator, they may work as a lecturer or as a hospital educator. They won't take their own patients unless they have a second employment as a bedside nurse in these circumstances. If they work as a nurse executive, the same thing applies. They'll be in charge of a department, performing administrative duties but not patient care.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nurse Educators
  • Nurse Executives

Chapter 3: Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners (NPs) treat and educate patients in a variety of specialties. They assess patients and design treatment programs in collaboration with physicians or in their own practices. Prescriptive privileges for NPs vary by state, with some requiring a doctor's approval for all but the most basic prescriptions, while others grant NPs the same prescription authority as physicians.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Types of Nurse Practitioners

Chapter 4: Nurse Anesthetists

Doctors are typically assigned to more complex situations, such as open-heart surgery, whereas CRNAs are assigned to more routine ones. Despite this, we frequently regard CRNAs as the pinnacle of nursing careers, owing to their high remuneration. CRNAs might earn up to $120,000 in their first job out of school.

Chapter 5: Summary

Students may not be interested in pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree right now, but they never know when that will change.

Lesson 12: If You're Still Not Sure

Chapter 1: Introduction

Applying to nursing school entails completing prerequisite courses, paying an application fee, and perhaps taking or retaking standardized examinations. It is not a decision to be taken lightly. This lesson will also assist them in clarifying their feelings towards nursing.

Chapter 2: The Highs and Lows of Nursing

Nursing appeals to students, but they are unsure if it is the correct career path for them. No one can make that decision for them, but this chapter aims to provide them with the truth about nursing, both the good and the negative. Perhaps they've considered these issues, or perhaps they've never considered them.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Nursing High Points
  • Nursing Low Points

Chapter 3: Other Allied Health Professions

So, while they are unsure about nursing, they are still interested in the medical sector. That's perfectly OK. There are a variety of other allied health jobs that could be a good fit for them. A bachelor's degree or less is required for all of the following jobs.

Chapter 4: How to Find More Information

Nursing is a continually changing field, and the issues that nurses faced in the "little white hat days" are unlikely to be the same issues that you face today. If you're having trouble finding recent novels, look for them on blogs or message boards.

Chapter 5: Summary

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the Explore a Career in Nursing Online Course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

There are 12 units of study

So You Want to Be a Nurse 

In this first lesson, you'll discover some of the many benefits of becoming a nurse. We'll discuss the different pathways to getting a nursing Certificate or degree, and we'll look at the pros and cons of each. We'll also talk about some things to think about before you seriously consider nursing school, like prerequisite classes and some of the skills that can help set you up for success. Got math? Are you a good multitasker? Do you like talking to other people? Great! If not, it's never too early to start practicing!

Medical Basics

Today's lesson is a crash course in medical basics. Without getting too detailed, we'll discuss some common medical acronyms, and you'll learn how to decode intimidating medical terminology. We'll talk about different types of doctors, equipment, and tests that nurses encounter, and then we'll finish up with an introduction to medical math. It sounds a little scary, but this lesson will serve as a foundation to understanding the ones that follow. And the information presented here can be helpful whether you work in the medical field someday or just want to know a little bit more about what's really happening when you or your loved ones go to the doctor.

Welcome to Nurse Training!

This lesson is all about nurse training. First, we'll take a look at exactly what happens in nursing school—from the coursework to the clinical rotations to the exams. But school is just the beginning! After graduation, there's the NCLEX licensing exam, where you'll demonstrate that you've learned enough to be a safe and competent nurse. Then, it'll be time for your first nursing position, where you might enroll in a nurse internship or residency, or you might receive additional training in your department. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a good idea of the different types of training you might go through on your path to becoming a nurse.

The Frontlines of Nursing

Today we're going to look at the three most common job settings for new nurses—hospital acute care, outpatient clinics, and long-term care facilities. You'll learn about the different specialties you can pursue in each area, the colleagues you might work with, and what working as a nurse in these three areas is really like.

Nursing for Adrenaline Junkies

Many people consider ER, OR, and ICU nursing the most exciting fields of nursing! We'll discuss what it's really like to work in these settings—and how this compares to what you see on TV. You'll learn how ERs triage patients, what it means to scrub or circulate in the OR, the different types of ICUs, and a whole lot more.

Nursing for Therapeutic Communicators

There are certain fields in nursing that require more care and compassion than others. We're going to discuss psychiatric nursing, hospice nursing, case management, and health coaching in this lesson. These positions are less likely to be adrenaline-fueled, but they're rewarding in their own ways. These are careers that focus on the counseling and patient advocacy roles of nursing. We'll discuss psychiatric hospitals and substance abuse centers and the people you'll work with there, as well as some of the most common tasks in working with patients who are dying and those who are looking to maintain good health and healthy practices.

Nursing for Number Crunchers and Nine-to-Fivers

This lesson is about careers that focus on the research, education, management, and change agent roles of nursing. We'll be looking at research nursing, informatics nursing, and legal nurse consulting. Although most nurses working in these fields have at least a year of clinical nursing experience, none of these positions requires additional certification or degrees.

Nursing for Those Who Want to Better Their Communities

What have you heard about community health nursing? This is a specialty that encompasses a variety of positions, from school nurses to prison nurses to Red Cross disaster relief nurses. Community health nurses engage in all six of the nursing roles, with heavy focus on education, patient advocacy, and being a change agent. We'll explore what it really means to be a community health nurse—where you work and what you might be doing.

Nursing for Those Who Want to See the World

Today's lesson is for wanderers! We'll explore everything from working as a travel nurse in a neighboring town to taking to the high seas as a member of the Navy Nurse Corps. We'll also look at medical mission work like Doctors Without Borders and Mercy Ships. If you want to use your nursing skills while seeing the world, get ready to love this lesson.

Pediatric and Obstetric Nursing . . . and More!

No nursing survey course would be complete without touching on pediatric and obstetric nursing. We'll take a look at these specialties and then check out a few other nursing positions that involve working on a team instead of in a department. Finally, we'll round out Lesson 10 with a quick peek at what it means to be a charge nurse or nurse manager.

Advanced Practice Nursing: Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

This lesson is for overachievers and forward thinkers. Maybe you want to be a nurse but you know you're going to want to do more than basic clinical nursing. You might be thinking about teaching or hospital administration. Or perhaps you want to become a nurse practitioner or nurse anesthetist. We'll look at all of those options in this lesson!

If You're Still Not Sure

What if you've gone through this course so far and learned about nursing school and licensing exams and the different fields of nursing, but you still don't know if nursing is right for you? That's okay! This final lesson will recap the highs and lows of nursing and give you some ideas about alternatives to becoming a nurse. We'll also look at some strategies for getting more information so you can be armed with the knowledge you need to make a decision.

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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Some of the companies we work with include Groupon, Living Social, CNN, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Reed UK, Stack Social and many more.

2.  Is there a refund/cancellation policy?

Yes, we have a 7-day money-back refund guarantee. Just send us an email to email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com with the subject Courses For Success Refund so we can accommodate your request.

3.  What is the FREE Personal Success Training Program?

The Personal Success Training Program was developed by Courses For Success to help our customers achieve success. Currently, we are offering this program for FREE with every course or bundle purchase this month. This is a limited time offer! We have received thousands of reviews for this program, please see: Personal Success Training Program Reviews

4.  Are there any requirements to study this course?

No, anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take our course. There are no entry requirements to take this course.

5.  Do I require to have finished high school to complete this course

No, you do not require a High School Diploma or to have finished school to study this course, this course is open to anyone who would like to take this course.

6.  What if English is not my first language?

This course is provided in English, however, due to the digital nature of our training, you can take your time studying the material and make use of tools such as google translate and Grammarly.

7.  Is this course online or conducted in person?

Yes, this course is online. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in this course gain valuable knowledge. You have the flexibility to study at your own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. You can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.

8.  How do I receive my course?

After you have completed the payment, you will receive a confirmation email and tax receipt. You will also receive an email containing your course login details (username and password), as well as instructions on how to access and log in to your course via the internet with any device, please check your junk/spam folder in the event that you do not receive the email.

9.  When does this course start?

New sessions of each course run every month, please check start dates under course summary. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

10.  What is online learning like?

Online learning is easy, if not easier than a traditional academic situation. By studying an online course, the usual boundaries caused by location and time constraints are eliminated, meaning you are free to study where and when you want at your own pace. Of course, you will need to be able to self-manage your time and be organized, but with our help, you’ll soon find yourself settling into a comfortable rhythm of study.

11.  What computer skills do I need for my course?

You don't need to be a computer expert to succeed with our online training, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and be capable of using common software (such as Microsoft word).

12.  How long will you have access to the online course?

This course is accessible for 8 weeks. You'll spend roughly two to four hours each week completing two engaging lessons in an enjoyable, interactive learning environment.

13.  How long will my course take?

Individual courses are very comprehensive and can take up to 24 hours to complete.

If you choose a course bundle, simply multiply the above hours by the number of courses included in the bundle.

For example:

  • 2 course bundle is 2 x 24 hours = 48 hours
  • 3 course bundle is 3 x 24 hours = 72 hours
  • 5 course bundle is 5 x 24 hours = 120 hours
  • 10 course bundle is 10 x 24 hours = 240 hours
14.  Is there tutor support available?

Yes, there is tutor support, a dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course, pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.

15.  What is included with the course?

The onetime fee includes all training materials, including online content, diagrams, videos if included, interactive instructions and quizzes, plus you will receive a certificate upon completion.

16.  Do I need to buy textbooks?

All the required material for your course is included in the online system, you do not need to buy anything else.

17.  Is the course interactive?

Yes, all our courses are interactive.

18.  Is there an assessment or exam?

Yes, you will be required to complete a multiple-choice test online at the end of your course, you can do this test as many times as you require.

19.  What type of certificate will I receive?

You will receive a Certificate of Completion that is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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"If you are considering taking any “Courses for Success”, I would highly recommend it. I have always been a firm believer it’s important to always sharpen your skills. You are never too old to learn more. I found the courses very helpful, interesting and easy to understand.
The term “Courses for Success” helped me in my current position to succeed. After completing the courses, I gave my manager the completion certificates. Recently I received a promotion too."
Valencia Marie Aviles - 5 STAR REVIEW
"I had a very good experience with my course. It has helped me to get multiple jobs and prepared me for almost everything I would need to know. The course was very informative and easy to understand and broken up perfectly to be done in a short amount of time while still learning a good amount! I would recommend Courses for Success to anyone trying to get abs certifications for job advancements, it is well worth it!"
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"I have absolutely enjoyed the materials from Courses for Success. The materials are easy to understand which makes learning enjoyable. Courses for Success have great topics of interest which make you come back for more.
Thank you Courses for Success for being part of my learning journey and making education affordable!"

Our completion certificates are very valuable and will help you progress in your work environment and show employers how committed you are to learn new skills, you might even get a promotion.

20.  Will this course be credited by universities?

No, it is not equivalent to a college or university credit.

21.  Am I guaranteed to get a job with this certificate?

This course will give you the skills you need to help you obtain employment, but it’s up to you if you get the job or not.

22.  How will this course assist me with my career?

Studying and completing this course will show employers that you have the knowledge in this field, additionally you will gain more confidence in this area of expertise.

23.  How long is the certificate valid for?

The Certificates are valid for life and do not need renewing. 

24.  Can I take more than one course at a time?

Courses are studied online at your own pace and you are free to study as many or as few courses as you wish, we also offer online course bundles that allow you to save on additional courses so that you may get all the topics related to your training goals in one go. 

25.  What are the Payment Methods available? Is there a payment plan?

We accept payments via PayPal, Credit Card, Bank Transfer and Amazon Pay for the USA. For payment plans, we offer Sezzle for USA & Canada, Afterpay for Australia & New Zealand. *For faster transaction Credit Card payments are preferred. Please purchase online via our website course product page or contact us at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com, to pay via bank transfer.

26.  Can I purchase for multiple people?

Yes, you can do this by purchasing individually via website or send us a request via email at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com

27.  Can I request for an invoice before purchase?

Yes, you can request for an invoice via email at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com

28.  Purchase for a gift?

Yes, you can purchase this course as a gift, simply send an email to email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com, with the course details and we can accommodate this.

29.  Can I create my own course bundle?

Yes, you can customize your own bundle. Please send us the complete list with the exact course link of the courses you'd like to bundle up via email email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com and we will create them for you. *Each course access, time of completion and certification varies depending on the course type.

30.  How will I contact Courses For Success if I have any questions?

You can contact our support team, at any time through live chat on our website, or email at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com, or by calling one of our phone numbers depending on which country you are in. 

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Course Summary

Course ID: 007NURS
Delivery Mode: Online
Access: 6-8 Weeks
Tutor Support: Yes
Duration: 12-24 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

Start Dates

This course is available to begin on the following dates

  • 14 October
  • 18 November
  • 13 December
  • 11 January

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