About Nursing Online Courses 

Online courses offered by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing include all those listed in the nursing section with an NU (undergraduate nursing) or NG (graduate nursing) suffix as well as Women’s Health (HEA-305-OL), Men’s Health (HEA-306-OL), Statistics for the Health Professions (HPS-200-OL) and Management of Stress and Tension (SOS-320-OL).

These courses are similar to all other online courses offered by the College in that they are independent learning courses with online mentors; they include asynchronous participation in online group discussions, they require access to a computer and a familiarity with specified software, and they require current e-mail addresses for students to be contacted and given access to courses. HEA- 305-OL and SOS-320-OL are offered on the College’s monthly course schedule; HEA-306-OL, HPS-200-OL and the nursing courses are offered quarterly in the July, October, January and April terms.

Assessment of learning in the courses offered by the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing occurs via written assignments submitted online and participation in asynchronous online group discussion. The courses are highly interactive, with the focus on a community of learners in a collaborative learning process. Undergraduate nursing courses require participation in the online discussions a minimum of three times a week on at least two different days; graduate nursing courses require participation in the online discussions a minimum of three times a week on three different days. There are no proctored examinations for the nursing courses.

In addition to the minimum system requirements for all online courses offered by the College, the NU and NG (graduate nursing) online courses require access to, and a familiarity with, PowerPoint software, and selected NG courses and Statistics for the Health Professions (HPS-200-OL) require access to, and a familiarity with, Excel software. MSN students should have access to a webcam for selected courses. In addition to the technical support provided by the College, the nursing courses have additional technical support imbedded, and the students are further supported by the School’s distance learning specialists.

Nursing students are advised to familiarize themselves with the course information provided on the website, in the course syllabi and in the online course platform as some policies for the online nursing courses differ from those for the online courses offered by the College.

Selected courses have prerequisites and advisories which are noted in the section on course descriptions. Students are responsible for knowing their degree requirements, the prerequisites and advisories for the courses needed, and for registering for the correct courses and meeting the prerequisites and advisories prior to registration. Students who schedule courses without having satisfied the prerequisites will be denied access to the course, possibly incurring financial withdrawal penalties. Enrolled students should refer to the specific remaining requirements for their program to ensure registering for the correct courses. The NU and NG online courses are designed for students enrolled in the BSN and MSN degree and the graduate certificate programs, and are restricted to RNs. RNs not enrolled in the W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing may take a maximum of two nursing courses, as a nonmatriculated student, prior to enrollment unless restricted by the established prerequisites.

The W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing reserves the right to reassign students to different course sections as necessary to balance class size and provide for a quality online educational experience for all students. Every effort will be made to accommodate course selections made during regular registration periods, adding sections and/or seats, if necessary.

During late registration and beyond, open seats will be filled, but no additional seats or new sections will be added. Students are urged to familiarize themselves with the College’s policies on Academic Integrity and Honesty.

Student Profile
Online courses are recommended for distance learning students who enjoy reading, writing and participating in course discussions in an asynchronous, interactive, online environment. Mentors are available to assist and provide feedback as necessary, but they do not assume a tutoring role. Flexible policies allow students who are unexpectedly challenged by schedule, personal, medical or family constraints to extend the semester when circumstances warrant. To see what courses are offered online, visit www.tesc.edu/courses.

System Requirements:

Windows Users

  • Minimum video display of 800 x 600 pixels
  • Audio card and speaker or headset
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet connectivity via LAN or dial-up connection through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) at 28.8 Kbps or faster
  • A full-featured Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 4.X or higher

Apple Users

  • Minimum video display of 800 x 600 pixels
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet connectivity via LAN or dial-up connection through an Internet Service Provider (ISP) at 28.8 Kbps or faster
  • A full-featured Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 4.X or higher

Additional Requirements for Nursing Students:

  • Office Suite: Microsoft Office suite version 2007 or 2010
  • Webcam with microphone
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Current virus protection
  • Current e-mail account on file with the Office of the Registrar