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Are Online Nursing CEUs Practical?

As online courses become more and more common in all academic fields, you may be considering looking into online nursing CEUs for your continuing education requirements. Online courses offer a lot of flexibility for students since there's not usually a specific class time each week and you can go through the course from the comfort of your own home. However, before signing up for an online class, you should make sure that online nursing CEUs are a practical option for you.

What kind of a learner are you?

Some people learn better in a traditional class environment. They need the interaction with the professor and the other students in order to get the most out of the class. In an online course, you are essentially learning in an independent study setting, so you have to be comfortable working on your own. If you're not, nursing CEUs may not be practical for you. Or, at the very least, you may struggle to get through them online.


What kind of nursing CEUs do you need?

Some courses don't work well as online courses. A course that teaches hands-on techniques, for example, can't be done on the computer. If you have to take a more hands-on course, an online course is not practical for you. This could make online CEUs impractical for you simply because of the kind of continuing education you need to renew your nursing license. However, if your required CEUs are courses that are taught in a lecture-style, online courses may be an option for you.

What kind of schedule do you have?

When you take nursing CEUs online, it's even more important to ensure that you make time for the coursework. Not only will you have the regular assignments to complete and turn in, but you'll be responsible for any lecture materials that need to be reviewed, participation in online discussions, and reading your course materials. And, largely, you're on your own to make sure it happens.

Whether or not online nursing CEUs are practical for you is dependent on several factors. Unfortunately, it's not just a "yes" or "no" question. Online courses may be practical for some, but for others, it may not be an option at all. By evaluating your learning style, the kinds of courses you can take, and your schedule, you can decide whether or not online CEUs would be a good option for you. If they are, it could be a good alternative to tradtional CEUs to help fulfill your requirements for renewing your nursing license.

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