The Practical Nursing Program utilizes distance education delivering the didactic component asynchronously in PNU 116, PNU 120 and part of PNU 135 allowing students to log on and access course content anytime, day or night. A proctoring program requires the use of a lockdown browser, microphone and webcam. The laboratory and clinical components of PNU 120 and PNU 135 meet face-to-face.
The didactic component has a schedule of modules with weekly assignments and deadlines. Attendance is taken weekly based on submission of the required assignment(s). Logging into Bright Space or emailing the professor are insufficient methods to prove weekly attendance. Success in the course requires good time management, organization and self-discipline as some often require more reading and viewing than a classroom course.
To be successful in a asynchronous or hybrid course, students will need regular access to a computer and reliable Internet service. Personal computers may be used, or students can use computers on campus or request a loaner device. It is recommended to verify the device to be used meets the technology requirements for distance technology:
- Desktop or laptop computer with the ability to download Google Chrome ;iPads, tablets, or phones may be used to access course content or submit assignments, although they are not compatible with the exam proctoring program
- Microphone: either internal or external
- Webcam: 320x240 VGA resolution (minimum) internal or external