School of Nursing to add virtual classroom to online courses


The University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing will enhance its registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing online degree by providing a complete virtual online classroom setting in its courses, Dr. Yong Tai Wang, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

In the virtual classroom, students will be able to watch instructors deliver content. Each course will become more interactive for the students, and as before, they will continue to have easy access to faculty to facilitate learning.

The Blackboard sites for each course also will look the same, so students will know exactly where to find course-related materials without having to search.

With this added benefit, working registered nurses may earn their bachelor of science in nursing degree with flexible clinical experiences and interactive courses, led by c faculty who understand the importance of quality online education, Dr. Wang said.


"Faculty are excited about these courses and have been working hard with the instructional design team to develop high quality, engaging and interactive courses that we hope will be easy for students to navigate and meet the learning needs of our students," said Christy Gipson, UT Tyler clinical instructor and RN-BSN track coordinator. "We will begin incorporating the upgrade this fall."

The degree may be completed as early as 12 months, and part-time options with two- to three-year completions also are available. Those interested may apply at any time.

UT Tyler's program is part of the national initiative to meet the Institute of Medicines' projection to have better prepared nurses in the workforce.

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