Getting Nursing Degree Online

1 decade 3 weeks 3 days ago September 05, 2006 Sep 5, 2006 Tuesday, September 05 2006 Tuesday, September 05, 2006 7:08:19 PM CDT in News

It's the only way some nurses can get their degrees.

When she was just a child, Mandy Cherrington already knew she wanted to be a nurse when she was just a child.

"When I was in kindergarten, I wrote a note," she said. "It was a picture that I drew of a hospital, and it said, 'I want to be a nurse.'"

She has cared for patients for 21 years, and now the Internet makes it possible for Cherrington to continue nursing while getting her bachelor's degree.

"It never was an opportunity for me to go back to school until online became available," she added. "After I found out there was an online program, there was really no excuse for me not to go back. So it's been ideal for me."

Registered nurses can earn their bachelor's and even their master's degrees online, without leaving their jobs.

"Most of our graduate students are married and they have families, and they are able to maintain that family responsibility as well as maintain their jobs," explained Roxanne McDaniel, MU associate dean of nursing.

Previously, nurses would have to attend nursing school in Coumbia to get their degrees. Now, students anywhere in the U.S. can complete their degrees with only one or two campus visits per semester.

And, with their degrees, nurses have better job options in the future.

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