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Stories and advice to help you start or finish your degree

Top 5 Advantages of Online Nursing Programs

Nursing is a challenging but rewarding career, and now more than ever, there’s pressure on nurses to continue their education beyond just an RN or associate’s degree to unlock greater career potential. But is pursuing an advanced degree while working as a full-time nurse feasible? And is it worth it? Absolutely! There are a lot of great benefits to continuing your nursing education as you work, such as through a bachelor’s (BSN) or master’s (MSN) in nursing, and even more when you pursue your...
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12 Tips for Online Students

Taking an online course can offer many real benefits, but the experience can be new and different for many students. While you may not need to be in the classroom on a specific day each week, you’ll still need to manage your time well to complete assignments on time. Forum posts, assignments, quizzes, and reading will still be due at regular intervals. Use the Following Tips to Stay on Track: When you start your course, take time to completely explore Moodle, your online learning environment,...
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Three Ways to Launch and Grow a Nursing Career

Today’s “average” nursing unit consists of men and women with varying education backgrounds—associate or bachelor’s degrees, as well as nursing diplomas—all of which lead to a Registered Nurse (RN) credential. Although there are multiple ways to launch a dynamic career as a RN, nearly all options for expanded job opportunities in the nursing profession require a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Let's explore the routes that working nurses take to launch and grow their careers in health...
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Summer Course Highlights: Business, Communication, Marketing, and Leadership Students

Summertime means hikes, the beach, and sunshine! It’s also a great time to move forward with the classes you need to earn your degree and keep your momentum going. In the spirit of staying motivated during the summer term, we thought we’d highlight a few courses that align with our Business Management, Communication Studies, Leadership, and Marketing majors to help you keep your focus while balancing your studies with your amazing summer plans. We took this opportunity to chat with some of our...
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Spring Courses You Can't Miss

Each term, Granite State College offers special topics courses that concentrate on the issues of the day. For spring 2018, we will offer three classes covering areas of particular interest in today’s society. Emlee C. Kohler, director of the Granite State College Undergraduate Behavioral Sciences & Human Services Programs has been part of the team bringing these special topics courses to students this term.  What makes these courses especially interesting to me is that they are based on...
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4 Tips for R.N. to B.S.N. Students

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) is becoming a requirement across the field of healthcare. It’s beneficial for employers: it helps hospitals earn the Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which is an important indicator of quality care. It’s also a value-add for your career: it can open the door up to interesting and rewarding job opportunities. Whether you’re just starting to consider R.N. to B.S.N. programs or you’ve been enrolled for a few terms,...
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8 Project Management Courses You Can Take this Winter

If you're interested in exploring a Project Management class during the Winter Term, here's a quick summary of some of the courses being offered. PM 800 (Online, Portsmouth) Project Management Seminar Project Management Seminar is a survey course introducing project management as a profession and an academic field of study. It provides the foundation for more advanced project management courses. It serves as a pre-requisite to other courses in the degree program unless permission is granted...
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Ease "Back to School" Anxiety and Finish Your Degree

There’s a lot of understandable stress that comes with the idea of finishing a degree program. How will you find the time? Can you handle the coursework? How long will it take? Will you be making the right decisions and spending time where it counts? What about your family and job obligations? So many questions and such uncertainty… It's no wonder that many adult students are wary of making the leap into finishing a degree program. It's a big step that can lead to an amazing accomplishment, but...
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Finish college quicker with our 6-week courses

It's a classic struggle... Do I take one course next term so I don't get too overwhelmed?   or Do I take multiple courses so I can finish my degree ASAP? Taking courses one at a time helps a lot of busy, working students find great work/life balance. When you're investing a lot in your education, you want to do well. Why overextend yourself and risk falling short? There is a downside to this approach, and it's an important one. When you take one course per term, finishing college can take a...
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Preparing for your next term taking online classes

With finals a week away, you are starting to think about next term. If you have been taking online courses, you already understand the in’s and out’s of what's expected of you. As you prepare for you next term, here are four ways you can up your game as an online student.   Use a profile picture  A profile picture personalizes your posts - it helps students feel like they are in a classroom talking to one of their classmates face-to-face. Think about how you want to be represented in your...
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