Nurses: Learn the Virtues of a Virtual Classroom

American Sentinel University’s healthcare blog, ‘The Sentinel Watch,’ launched a new eight-part nursing blog series: ‘Back to U – Karen’s Corner’ available at and guest blogger, Dr. Karen Whitham, assistant dean, undergraduate nursing programs shares her personal experiences about what it’s like going back to school mid-career and offers valuable insight about balancing work, life, and school to earn an advanced degree for career advancement.

This is part four of an eight part series.

Speaking from my own experience, I’ll admit that I was more than a little nervous about going back to school after 20 years in the workplace. The last time I had been in a classroom, it had walls with chalkboards and overhead projectors. I had my doubts about the quality of an online education, and wondered if I was technologically savvy enough to be successful in a virtual classroom. But let me assure you: you’re going to love online learning!

Content and rigor
If you think an online education is in any way inferior to a traditional classroom education, think again. You’ll find the same content and academic rigor that you would expect from any quality academic institution. The only difference is that we’ve eliminated the burden of having to be in the same room at the same time with your professor and peers. Since your classmates work a variety of shifts and often live in different time zones, you’ll be happy to know we’ve eliminated group work and testing, replacing those with final projects you can complete on your own.

User-friendly technology
American Sentinel relies on the world’s most flexible and easy-to-use online learning platform called Moodle. By the end of your first week, you will have mastered everything you need to know to get your assignments, chat with your professors and collaborate with your cohort. There’s no need to purchase expensive software. Moodle is free, open-source software that you can download over the internet, as long as your computer and internet connection meets the minimum requirements.

Classroom interaction
By posting questions to Course Help, students learn from each other by reading the responses to questions other classmates have asked. Or, if you prefer, you can work directly with your professor in a more private way. Your professors are available to you by phone and email, and will respond to your questions quickly and thoroughly – often within a few hour hours, but always within 24 hours on a weekday, or 48 hours on a weekend.

Stay tuned to ‘Karen’s Corner’ as Dr. Whitham shares more helpful tips about the RN to BSN program.

The ‘Back to U – Karen’s Corner’ blog series will run through September 7 and covers such topics as:

-So You’re Going Back to School…At Your Age?

-Is This the Right Time to Get Your BSN?

-How to Get Your BSN and Still Have a Life

-The Virtues of a Virtual Classroom

-Study Tips for the Online Student

-Balancing Homework with Family

-No Stress, No Struggle: Ask the Question
-Making Time for You

If you’ve ever dreamed of earning your BSN learn how American Sentinel can help make that dream a reality and earn your BSN in under one year and for less than $12,000.

American Sentinel University offers market-relevant, high-quality nursing degree programs, including a CCNE-accredited RN to BSN program that is ideal for nurses who want to expand their knowledge base, become more marketable and enjoy greater career stability and mobility. The RN to BSN can be earned in less than one year and for less than $12,000. Learn more about American Sentinel University’s RN to BSN degree program at or call 866.922.5690.

About American Sentinel University 
American Sentinel University delivers accredited online degree programs in nursing (BSN, MSN, and DNP) and healthcare management (MBA Healthcare, MS in information systems management, and MS in business intelligence and analytics). Its affordable, flexible bachelor’s and master’s nursing degree programs are accredited by the Commission for the Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), of One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036. The DNP program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) of 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326. The university is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC, 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 234-5100,

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