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What is Online Learning?

Asynchronous online learning is an educational delivery method that takes place when the students and instructor are not physically in the same place and course lectures are not confined to the same time each week. This is not to be confused with a correspondence course in which students have up to a year to complete assignments on their own time. Rather, students listen to a recorded lecture during the week at a time that is convenient for them and complete assignments by a specified due date. Online courses, like traditional face-to-face courses, have a syllabus, required textbooks, weekly assignments, projects, papers and tests.

It is important to remember, that although online classes may be more accommodating to a student’s schedule, the content, performance expectations and workload are the same for an online class as in a face-to-face class. In order to be successful in an online learning environment, students must have a high level of self-motivation and self-discipline, and be keenly aware of the course schedule of readings and assignment due dates as they are expected to be self-directed learners.

Course lectures and assignments are accessed through the use of an online learning management system (Desire2Learn, Blackboard, Canvas, etc.). In this learning system, students interact with each other and instructors through chat functions, threaded discussions and via email. The instructor facilitates the online class, and is available to answer questions or provide feedback on assignments during posted office hours in which they can be reached online or by phone.

In order to be successful in an online course, students should have basic computer skills and be able to complete the tasks below.

  • Send and receive e-mail on a daily basis
  • Open, attach and send documents from e-mail or online resources
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Create documents in Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Research topics using credible web resources
  • After training, be able to successfully access online library databases

Is the NMHU RN-BSN Program accredited?
Yes, the NMHU RN-BSN Program has been accredited since 2009 with the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).  http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation/accredited-programs

What is the cost of the program?
You can find current tuition rates at http://www.nmhu.edu/office-of-the-registrar/tuition-and-fees/. At this time NM Highlands does not charge additional fees for online courses and there are limited nursing fees. We estimate textbook fees to be approximately $150 per course.

Who can I contact to have my unofficial transcripts evaluated?
You can email documents to nursing@nmhu.edu or fax them to 505.426.2109. Please make sure your First Name, Last Name and email address are included with your documents.

When can I apply to the program?
The application deadline for the fall is June 30 and application deadline for the spring is October 30.  Students can contact the adviser/recruiter for the more information on opening dates for fall and spring applications.

Am I required to come to the Las Vegas campus?
No, you are not required to come to the Las Vegas campus unless there is business you would prefer to address in person. But we love to see our students at commencement!

Do any of the other Highlands centers/sites offer the RN-BSN Program?
Because the RN-BSN program is offered online, we are able to work with students throughout the state and are not limited to the communities in which we have campuses or sites. If you are located in a community in which we have facilities, as an RN-BSN student, you are welcome to use the resources available at those campuses. http://www.nmhu.edu/statewide-centers/

Does the RN-BSN Program require clinicals or preceptorships?
Yes, there are three courses that require clinicals; Health Assessment, Community Health Practicum and Leadership Practicum. Health Assessment will ask you to do weekly check in with a preceptor for about an hour. Community health has a one day in agency observation and requires attendance at couple of community events. Nursing leadership can be up to 90 hours in agency conducting observations, data collection and researching the topic you have chosen for your capstone project. Clinicals are required for any RN-BSN program that is nationally accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

If I choose to participate in the part time program, but later want to change to the full time option can I do that?
At this time only full time students can change to the part time option. Part time cannot change to full time because most courses are only offered once a year.

How long are courses?
Fall and Spring semesters are traditional 16 week semesters and summer semesters are 10 weeks.