What Employers Think About Your Online Nursing Degree

By Jordan Friedman, US News

After applicants receive their initial training in person, employers will accept​ subsequent degrees earned online, experts say. ​For James Gregory, a graduate of​ the University of South Carolina’s adult gerontology acute care nurse practitioner​ master’s degree program, online education seemed like a natural choice, as he was able to attend class on a more flexible schedule, he says. Then, when he was applying for jobs, some employers asked him during interviews whether the quality of his online degree was equivalent to what he would have received in person. He says it was. The online degree program was “very challenging and far different, of course for me, than the days of going and having to be at class at 8, 10:15, or whatever, but the expectation was the same,” says the 54-year old, who now​ works as an acute care nurse practitioner​ in South Carolina.


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