How Online Degrees Work
With UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines' online nursing programs, you can advance your education without placing your career on hold.
Your transcript and diploma will look the same as for a student who graduated from UND by taking traditional, on-campus courses.
The full-time or part-time Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Track is designed for working professionals who are unable to attend traditional, on-campus classes.
Two 1-Week On-Campus Visits
To supplement your online coursework, you will be required to visit the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota, for two 1 week sessions during the program. Typically scheduled in the Fall, these on-campus times may include:
- health assessment skills validation
- work on your independent study
- opportunities to interact with faculty and other students
Local Clinical Practicum Experiences
For certification with the national American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), you must complete at least 540 clinical hours. Keep in mind that the clinical portion of the program equals full-time study.
You will complete the clinical practicum courses in locations as close to your home community as possible. You may use several sites to gain a variety of experiences, such as:
- medication management
- diverse therapy approaches
- group opportunities
To complete at least 540 hours of clinical practicum, you will partner with experienced preceptors, including:
- certified advanced practice psychiatric and mental health nurses
- master's-level licensed social workers
- licensed addiction counselors
Preceptors are chosen in conjunction with the director of the Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing Track at the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines. A contract also must be secured with the preceptor's agency prior to beginning the advanced clinical practicum.
UND may not be able to accommodate clinical experiences in some states due to specific state board of nursing regulations. Please contact the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines for guidance on this issue.
"Live" Web Classes
Depending on your instructor's preferences, some online courses require class discussions or chat sessions that are conducted "live" over the Internet. In these "live" Web classes, you will:
- participate in synchronous class sessions that are held at set times
- interact with your instructors and other students using Web-conferencing technology
- see your instructors' materials as though you were sitting in a classroom on the UND campus
In this manner, the class lectures, discussion, and collaboration are conducted in a very similar fashion to traditional on-campus classes.
Virtual Classroom: Learn Anytime, Anywhere
As an online student, you also will participate in many asynchronous class activities at the time and place of your choice. In your virtual classroom, you will use Web-based tools to:
- access course materials
- participate in class discussions through online message boards
- submit assignments
- receive your grades
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