While there’s always going to be demand for physical or in-person healthcare training, a massive boom in online education is well underway. During any medical or healthcare training, you will need to undertake some work experience, but what about theory modules and practice?
As it happens, millions of doctors, nurses, and specialists worldwide are getting started in their ideal careers in the comfort of their own homes. It’s now entirely possible to complete healthcare coursework and sit examinations via your smartphone or in your home office!
Remote learning isn’t anything new, but there are a few reasons why it’s exploding – and why it’s potentially so valuable to prospective care providers across the country. Let’s take a look at some below.
Flexibility is a human right
In the post-pandemic age, remote working – and therefore learning – is continuing to rise in popularity. The peak of lockdowns during 2020 and 2021 proved to many that it wasn’t just possible to learn and train from afar. It was surprisingly easy to get into. The pandemic continues to change how we learn online (arguably for the better!).
As such, many people see flexibility through online learning and training as a human right. While there will always be a need for you to practice what you learn in person, flexibility through online degrees means you can study and work when you like, wherever you like.
It’s proving cost-effective
The cost-of-living crisis experienced by millions worldwide is hitting people hard. Those who may be at the start of a fruitful career in healthcare may find themselves restricted because of cash flow problems. Thankfully, online healthcare study is proving to be highly cost-effective (and not just thanks to affordable modules).
Students who would otherwise need to pay for travel and accommodation for on-site training and education no longer need this extensive expense. They can simply pay for the modules or courses they’d like to train in and use their existing equipment to log in and get started.
This could help to reduce the knock-on costs for prospective students across the country. It is easy to assume that the sole expense of education starts and ends with course fees. Online learning can help to cut down extra costs to a huge extent.
There’s more choice than ever before
With the world adapting to a more digital, flexible landscape, it’s not surprising that there are increasing numbers of healthcare courses and specialist modules available to enroll in. If you’d like to take a look at online BSN to DNP programs (such as those at the University of Indianapolis), or if you’d prefer to try a more specialized course, you won’t have to look too far.
The wider availability of specialist courses and nursing programs online is helping to support both individuals and healthcare providers. The pandemic has, by and large, left gaps where providers need extra help. This means there will likely be more openings for specialists as the years go by.
It’s likely that this huge range of course options will keep growing. After all, we are always going to need people to help us get better!
Online learning is just as legitimate as in-person study
The age of online learning being considered ‘inferior’ to in-person study is over. Legitimate education from recognized universities and colleges is available both online and on campus. Getting an online degree takes as much time, effort, passion, and talent as taking on studies in person.
This is bolstered by the fact that you’ll still need to show your knowledge and understanding in person to an extent. You will still need to take on work experience and practice at a participating hospital or clinic before you can graduate.
There’s no longer a pedestal for in-person learning, and there’s certainly no truth to on-campus courses offering a deeper or ‘more legitimate’ study experience. You only have to take a quick look at the variety of courses and modules online to see how deep you can go!
Is it time to learn online?
Learning online is just as big a step as moving away to college. Thankfully, there are many colleges and universities willing to offer help and guidance to distance learners. Whether you’d like to explore nursing specializations or want to get started with a BSN, you can do much of the necessary training from your smartphone or at home on a laptop!
Of course, you’ll still need to put effort into your courses to make the most of them. Just because online learning is more flexible doesn’t mean it will be any less intensive than being on campus. Be sure to research your options and choose a college or body that appeals to you.