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Online vs. Traditional Nursing Education

Learn the fundamentals of nursing online or in the classroom.

If you’re interested in applying to our accelerated nursing program in New Jersey, you can complete your fundamental courses online or on campus. No matter which course delivery option you choose, you’ll complete the same accredited curriculum taught by supportive faculty. However, because everyone learns differently, here’s what you need to know about an online vs. traditional nursing education.

Online Accelerated Nursing Education

By enrolling in our 16-month Hybrid Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, you’ll learn the fundamentals and theories of the nursing profession via an intuitive online learning platform.

The platform uses multimedia components to immerse you in the subject material. You can go back and review the course content as many times as you want. Plus, all of the content is organized and easily accessible at your fingertips. Each online course consists of different learning modules, which include:

  • Instructor lectures
  • Interactive activities
  • Patient case studies
  • Informational videos
  • Discussion boards

Also, within each module, there are assignments you must complete within a specified timeframe. So, while online coursework brings a level of flexibility to the learning process, you still need to meet the deadlines set forth by faculty.

By and large, the online ABSN coursework lays the foundation for your accelerated nursing education. But that’s not enough. To become a registered nurse, you also need the practical skills and clinical judgment required to deliver safe, effective patient care ― competencies you would not be able to develop behind a computer screen.

Therefore, as a Hybrid ABSN student, you’ll attend weekly nursing labs with faculty at our ABSN learning site in Parsippany. During these labs, you and your classmates will develop and practice your nursing skills and clinical judgment in a safe, contextual environment. You’ll also gain real-world experience in diverse areas of nursing practice within the Atlantic Health System or another leading local healthcare provider.

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Key Considerations

With online coursework, you:

  • can study at your own pace
  • can learn at any time of the day or night
  • can re-listen to lectures as often as you want
  • can easily connect with faculty
  • need a lot of self-motivation and self-discipline
  • need a high level of personal accountability

Traditional Accelerated Nursing Education

By enrolling in our 24-month On-Ground Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, you’ll learn the fundamentals and theories of the nursing profession in a traditional classroom setting at our main campus in Rutherford.

You’ll also complete your nursing labs on campus inside the Barbara J. Toscano Nursing Resource and Simulation Center. And, just like the Hybrid students, you’ll gain real-world experience in a variety of practice settings within the Atlantic Health System or another leading local healthcare provider.

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Key Considerations

With traditional coursework, you:

  • have more face-to-face interaction with faculty
  • have a more structured learning process
  • have instructors keeping you accountable
  • don’t get to learn at your own pace
  • don’t get to go back and listen to a lecture

Hybrid vs. On-Ground Comparison

Whether you choose to complete your fundamental coursework online or on campus, you’ll complete the same nursing curriculum that prepares you to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) with confidence.

Our Hybrid and On-Ground ABSN programs also share the same admissions requirements. To apply for either, you must have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution OR a minimum of 60 completed credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate coursework.

Everything is also the same when it comes to the application process. Once you’ve satisfied all of the admissions requirements (including the ABSN prerequisites and general education courses), here’s what you’ll need to submit as part of your application:

  • Official college/university transcripts
  • Professional resume
  • Letter of intent for the School of Nursing
  • Two academic or professional letters of recommendation
 Hybrid ABSN ProgramOn-Ground ABSN Program
Timeframe16 months24 months
LocationParsippany, NJRutherford, NJ
CoursesOnlineOn Campus
Nursing LabsABSN Learning SiteOn Campus
Clinical RotationsAtlantic Health System and other leading healthcare providersAtlantic Health System and other leading healthcare providers
Start DatesJanuary, May, AugustMarch

Because our On-Ground ABSN program has one start date a year, you’ll face more student competition with this option. The competition is less so with the Hybrid ABSN program because it has three start dates a year. Not to mention, its online learning component allows us to enroll a higher number of students per start when compared to the On-Ground program.

Note that we review student applications as they come in, rather than waiting for the submission deadline to pass. So, the sooner you submit your application, the better chance you’ll have of securing a spot in your preferred start date. Not to mention, we’ll be able to give you an admissions decision within a few weeks of applying.

Is an Online or Traditional Nursing Education Better for You?

If you’re stuck trying to decide between an online or traditional accelerated nursing education, it helps to think in terms of your learning style and study habits.

Nursing school requires you to absorb massive amounts of information in a relatively short time frame. So, consider how you best collect, organize, and retain information. The advantage of completing your fundamental coursework online is that all of the content is organized in one location and can be accessed 24/7.

If you’re the type of student who needs a lot of structure and face-to-face accountability when it comes to completing assignments, then a traditional nursing education might be the better option for you. Students who do well with online learning have good self-discipline and personal accountability.

Still unsure about an online vs. traditional nursing education? Contact our admissions team today! One of our dedicated counselors will be able to answer all of your questions so that you can decide what course delivery option is best for you.

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