Online health care degrees are offered in a range of fields, including health care administration and management, nursing, public health, medical billing and coding, medical assisting, and medical office administration.
Online health care students can earn anything from a certificate to a Ph.D., depending on their field of choice. One benefit of online study is that many programs include accelerated options.
Nursing students, for example, can earn a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) online if they are already in possession of a registered nurse's license (RN).
Referred to as RN-to-BSN programs, they are accelerated because the nurse's work experience and hands-on course work for their initial licensure are applied to the BSN's practical requirements. RNs can complete all the classroom work online, at their own convenience, which is especially convenient for nurses who work varied schedules and might otherwise be unable to commit to a traditional campus class schedule.
Indeed, the convenience of an online degree program is one of its most sought-after benefits. Students who have full-time jobs or other commitments enjoy the freedom an online program affords.
When enrolled in an online health care degree program, students receive lessons via email or a message board, and can opt to study in the middle of the night, on a Sunday morning, or while they're eating lunch. Assignments generally have deadlines, but students turn them in online. Many courses offer scheduled opportunities for instructors to interact with students through chat programs, while many use discussion boards to post questions, comments, and other concerns. Such boards can be perused at a student's convenience.
In addition to the flexibility of scheduling, online health care students have access to the same student services offered to on-campus students. Most colleges and universities have extensive online libraries that students can access at their leisure. Career services are also offered online. Tutoring, academic advisement, and financial aid concerns can be addressed online as well.