No matter what profession you are in, one thing is certain for a majority of the population and that is the financial need to work. Very few people are financially independent and so when you are a student working towards an advanced degree such as a doctorate in nursing practice, are you really well enough off to leave your job behind while getting that advanced degree? Probably not.
This is why it is usually recommended to study part time while working full time, or work part time and study full time. However, what if you were told that there is another way you can both work and study full time without negatively impacting either area of your life? Here are just a few of the benefits of studying for an advanced degree online.
Keeping on Top of Bills
If you, like the above example, are studying for a doctor of nursing practice degree, you can do this at home from the comfort of your PC. It isn’t always necessary to attend classes on campus. The real benefit of doing this is in having the ability to work full time, no matter what your work schedule is and still find time to complete your classes. Just because you are in school doesn’t mean that life stops around you. There are bills to pay and mouths to feed and so you really must continue working to avoid racking up a deficit in student loans.
Relating Your Studies to Your Job
Another benefit of studying a DNP online is the fact that you can go on about your daily duties as an RN. At this time, you may want to ask for a transfer to the department you are focusing on in the area of concentration you choose. If you are looking to advance to a teaching position in your specialty, you will need that doctorate, and hands on experience in your specialty makes for a better teacher. Just because you may no longer be on the ward once you get that piece of paper in hand doesn’t mean you won’t be teaching students that will be encountering the very same situations you handle day after day. There is nothing quite like teaching from experience as opposed to teaching textbook logic. Life doesn’t work that way.
Making Your Own Schedule
Finally, if you are going to work full time and study full time then you will need to take a practical course in juggling – schedules that is! When you study online you can make your own class and study schedule and you will not be at the mercy of an educational institution that doesn’t deem it necessary to schedule classes at those times when the majority of ‘working students’ are free to attend classes. When you study from home, you are your own adviser and can then plan study and work times accordingly.
It is difficult enough getting that advanced degree let alone going into major debt because you had to stop working. You can get the very same degree by an accredited university without ever stepping foot on campus. That’s the biggest benefit of all – study when you want, as much as you want and get to your final destination in a way that suits your individual lifestyle.