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You can opt to take RN courses online, through an online program or a distance-learning program, while getting your BSN degree. When taking an RN course online, consider the pros and cons:
Pros: You will usually receive the professor's lecture notes written down; you can work at your own pace and on your own schedule; most assessment in online courses is nontraditional, meaning there will be no exams.
Cons: You cannot usually talk to the professor face-to-face; you may lack support from other nursing students. Also, make sure you consider the technology requirements for online courses. Some typical requirements:
• Internet connectivity – usually a 56K modem or higher
• Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator
• Pentium III PC or G3 Mac with 256k memory
• Shockwave Player
• Real Player
• Adobe Reader
• MS Office – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint