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The Online Experience with Nursing@Georgetown

This post is written by Maria Fife (G’14), who is currently enrolled full time in our Family Nurse Practitioner program. Learn more about her and other Student Ambassadors.

It’s embarrassing to admit, but there was an online course during my undergrad that I completely forgot I was taking until I received an email kindly reminding me of an assignment that was overdue. The course consisted of standard textbook reading assignments and paper-writing. Class participation involved email exchanges and posting your thoughts to topic threads. There are some people that thrive with these types of online courses; it suits their personal needs and allows them to be successful.Maria Fife

There are, however, many people like myself who need the personal interactions and accountability of the classroom environment. So in spite of the perks of being self-paced and flexible, I decided from that experience that online learning wasn’t for me.

The Decision to Advance My Degree

Returning for my master’s degree was on my mind for about a year, but I didn’t think it was feasible. My inhibitions about returning were mostly centered around commuting and child care.

One day, a banner ad from Georgetown University caught my eye. It wasn’t some random, run-of-the-mill school offering an online nursing program — it was Georgetown. I clicked on it to learn a little bit about 2GU, an online forum that I can access 24/7 in addition to attending weekly live seminars. I took my chances and applied for the program.

The Online Experience

2GU has many of the benefits that conventional online learning provides. There are recordings of topic-specific lectures to view, a course wall with updates, and hand-outs to aid learning. These are available to me any hour of the day I choose. However, there is much more to tell.

Each week, I attend my seminars with the help of my webcam and phone, meeting with my instructor and approximately 10 other students. The seminars consist of traditional, instructor-led visual presentations, student sharing, and group discussions. We sometimes work in small groups by breaking out into individual chat rooms.

The same opportunities experienced in the traditional classroom now come to me in my own dining room (my room of choice). As an additional bonus, these seminars are recorded and made available to view, if I ever need to reference them. Time that I would have spent commuting to class is now spent on studying. My daughter plays quietly within eyesight.

One of the most useful extras that I really like is the 2GU phone app. Instead of the radio, I listen to the recorded lectures when I commute to work or to my clinical site. This is has been especially useful when refreshing myself on material for an upcoming exam.

Real Relationships

Personal interactions are not limited to class time. If you are the type that likes study groups, you can create your own and invite others to join. The groups have their own wall to share materials. Anyone can create a live session with others to prepare for an exam. Instructors also meet with you if you need personal office hours. I have built friendships through these connections.

2GU is the best of both worlds: It offers some of the flexibility, time-saving, and convenience associated with studying online from home, but still allows you to foster relationships and interactions that are a valuable part of any worthwhile education. I highly recommend Georgetown University’s online nurse practitioner program.

  • Holly

    Hi Tiana, Thanks for your encouraging post. I also am planning to do an online advance practice nursing program at GU. I have a question for you about the 2GU phone app. Will it work on a blackberry or must it be an iPhone or droid? Please keep us up to date with how your studies are progressing. Thanks and all the best.

    • Tiana Tucker

      Hi Holly, unfortunately we don’t have an application for Blackberry phones. We have lots of other student profiles planned for the future so be sure to check the blog periodically.

  • Teresa Ferricher

    I am in the application process and have a question about the seminars. Are they scheduled times through the day or in the evening? I work full time and was trying to think through my schedule. Thank you for your post and good luck to you.

    • Maria Fife

      Each class you take is once a week at a scheduled time. They sometimes have evening classes, but remember it’s based off of east coast time.

  • Maggie

    What is the cost of the FNP program?

    • Tiana Tucker

      Hi Maggie, Thanks for your interest in our program. Our admissions team would be happy to walk you through this type of question, and any others you may have. You can reach them at 1-877-910 HOYA (4692).

  • Stolipop

    Thank you for your informative posts. I have a question about clinical sites and preceptors. How many hours of clinicals are required for the MSN vs DNP programs. Also, how are preceptors chosen? Does the school provide you with a preceptor in your area (or nearby)? Or do you have to find your own preceptors. I would prefer if the school had a group of preceptors one could choose from. Thank you.

    • hoya’15

      The school recommends that you provide them with names of possible preceptors in your area, then let them discuss the process with the potential preceptor. If you do not know anyone in the area, the school will match you with someone, but it may be up to 100 miles away. This semester I am travelling 97 miles each way for my site, but have been told that my next site is close enough to bike to.

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