Is it possible to attend nursing school while holding a full-time job? The educational landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade. Educational opportunities that were once off-limits to full-time workers are now possible due to the prevalence of schools that operate with the adult learner in mind. Many of these offer excellent online courses, and/or evening hours to accommodate students who work full-time.
Achieve a Nursing Degree Online
Nursing school can be very intense, and programs often require a lot of information crammed into a relatively short period. That doesn’t preclude them from completion online, and most online courses now integrate video chat sessions that allow teachers and students to interact in a way that they generally associate with traditional learning. This technology even allows much of the practical learning to be accomplished online, but depending on your state, there may be some degree of hands-on learning required. For some state-specific guidance, check out the nursing education resource hosted by U.S. News.
Attending Nursing School at Night
An advantage of online learning is that you can participate in your schedule, but there are traditional nursing education options available for many full-time workers as well. For instance, if you work a 9-to-5 job, then nursing school at night is a viable option. A full-time Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program usually takes twelve months to complete. A part-time LPN program takes about eighteen months. Registered Nurse (RN) programs can take as little as two years. Most LPN and RN programs offer a fairly flexible schedule, with your choice of day, evening, or weekend hours for lectures, labs, and clinical rotations.
LPN, ADN, and BSN
At traditional nursing schools, students can enroll in programs that will transition them from the new student to LPN to RN and perhaps even to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Most online learners will achieve their LPN locally and then achieve their Associate of Science in Nursing (ADN) and then perhaps the BSN online. In most states, it is now possible to achieve an LPN online, and the student must simply be aware of meeting in-person obligations, if any, within time.
Set Your Expectations and Goals
However you choose to achieve your LPN, ADN or BSN, it is imperative that you establish goals and then define a plan to achieve them on a schedule that is appropriate for you. Working 40 hours and going to nursing school, even online, is going to be tough, so prepare for that challenge both mentally and physically. Most students who flourish in such an environment do so because they lead a very structured lifestyle. The fortunate aspect of this sacrifice is that you will see dividends within 18 months, which is not so long to go and will make the remainder of the process much more palatable.
Earn a nursing degree without giving up your weekday job.
The Evening/Weekend Option is perfect for students who want to change careers and/or earn a full-time salary while pursuing a degree in nursing.
Typical Evening/Weekend Schedule
Evening/Weekend Option classes are offered every Wednesday evening and every-other-weekend on Friday afternoons 4 pm-8 pm, Saturday 7 am-7 pm, Sunday 7 am-7 pm throughout the year for 18 months. Some additional weekday hours are necessary throughout the program to complete curricular requirements. Hours may vary slightly.
Liberal Arts & Science Course Requirements
To earn your degree, you must complete courses in the liberal arts and sciences, preferably prior to your enrollment in the Evening/Weekend Option.
You may qualify to receive credit for similar courses taken at other colleges or universities. Contact the Office of Admissions at (315) 448-5040 for more information.*
*Courses taken at other regionally accredited colleges or universities must be similar in content and credit with a grade of “C” (2.0) to be awarded transfer credit. Science courses must have been completed within seven years prior to acceptance for transfer credit. Challenge exams may be possible and will be determined on an individual basis.
A Reputation for Excellence
At St. Joseph’s, you’ll join an outstanding and distinguished health care network. A 15-time winner of the National Research Corp. Consumer Choice #1 Award, St. Joseph’s also is the recipient of the HealthGrades® 2014 Cardiac Care Excellence and Cardiac Surgery Excellence Awards. St. Joseph’s Nursing Excellence Recognized with Prestigious Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Centers (ANCC), and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Beacon Award “Gold-level” for excellence in critical care nursing for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (2014). The clinical learning and simulation labs are equipped with 8 states of the art high fidelity simulators housed within replicated patient rooms. This setting allows students to practice in a realistic hospital environment. Classrooms have modern equipment including touch screen displays, high definition monitors, and interactive whiteboard technology. The Library and Computer Learning Center have 45 computers, contains nearly 3000 print books, and over 1200 electronic books on nursing, medical, and allied health topics. Additionally, the library subscribes to over 1200 electronic professional journals and newsletters, 49 print journals, and 12 databases for scholarly and evidence-based research.
An Accessible and Affordable Education
They believe that any student who is accepted and wants to attend St. Joseph’s belongs here, so they work hard to make they college affordable. They financial aid staff works with students to apply for federal and state aid, student loans, and scholarships. You can also earn money and gain professional experience by working as a student nursing assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center (students who successfully complete the first nursing course may apply). St. Joseph’s faculty and staff give students personal attention and support, and the results show. They graduates consistently score above the state and national average on the national RN licensing exam and easily find employment.
Join a distinguished group of professional nurses
What makes us special?
- Direct patient care experience after just six weeks
- A nursing degree for the price of one year in a public college
- Affiliation with a nationally recognized health care network
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
- Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- RN licensing exam pass rate above state and national averages
- Excellent preparation for a career that enjoys a high degree of job placement
As a St. Joseph’s College of Nursing graduate, you’ll belong to a prestigious group of nurses who are distinguished by their compassion and expertise in science, health care, counseling, technology, and communication. In just two years, you can earn an associate in applied science degree with a major in nursing and be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN licensure exam. If you choose to further your education, St. Joseph’s graduates are given consideration for transfer to one of several colleges offering a BS in nursing. They classes are small, they instructors are generous with their time and attention, and you’ll start working with patients just six weeks into the first semester. The advantages of a St. Joseph’s education continue after you graduate. They alumni go on to pursue rewarding careers in a variety of settings — some around the world and many of them right here at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
Montefiore Health System
Montefiore is one of New York’s premier academic health systems. It is comprised of 10 hospitals and more than 200 outpatient ambulatory care sites. Nationally recognized for its clinical excellence, Montefiore and its Albert Einstein College of Medicine represent the future of patient care, science, and education. They commitment is simple: do more for every patient in every community they serve.
Perhaps the best advice for someone who is working full-time and attending nursing school is not to go it alone. Lean on your family and friends for support, and go out of your way to make new friends among your fellow nursing students. The camaraderie (and often commiseration) offered by these friendships make nursing school easier, and even fun.