4 In-Demand Careers for DNP-Prepared Nurses

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Nursing is changing. 

Today’s nurse leaders are needed to make decisions and identify problems yet to emerge. They are called upon to lead healthcare organizations. And they must demonstrate enhanced knowledge in advanced nursing practice, organizational leadership, economics and finance, healthcare policy and technology. 

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) was specifically designed to prepare nurses to meet these changing demands and improve patient outcomes. But the degree can also offer higher earning potential, career security and more advancement opportunities within nursing. In fact, employers have quickly recognized the unique contributions these expert nurses are making in the clinical and organizational level, and the demand for DNP-prepared nurses continues to grow.

Topics: Career, Nursing

How the Academic Evaluation Process Works: Everything You Need to Know

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You’ve filled out the application, been accepted and forwarded your transcripts to the University.

And now, you wait to see what transferred.

But why do you have to wait at all?

Since your evaluation is designed as a roadmap to degree completion, it is an ever-evolving review of credits that shows you what requirements have been fulfilled or still remain to complete your degree. So while your evaluation is not an official transcript, it documents your entire degree program.

So from the moment the Office of the Registrar receives your transcripts, your personalized Academic Evaluation has a long journey to confirm your credits before it posts to your Online Student Services account.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Going Back to College, Advising

What to Really Expect on Your First Online Course Exam or TECEP®

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Taking an online exam can be intimidating. If you went to high school or college in the 90s — like me — you took tests on paper, either filling in bubbles or trying to fill up a blue book. At Thomas Edison State University, though, your course and TECEP® exams are primarily taken online. So, after you’ve studied, gathered your pen and scrap paper (and whatever else your syllabus or test description allows) and logged into the online proctoring service, you might be unfamiliar with this new testing experience. To help you get accustomed to your new assessment space, here’s what you can expect during an online exam that differs from the little blue book or bubbles you remember.

Topics: Taking Courses, Credit by Exam

5 Things Productive Students Do Every Day - Even When Life Gets Stressful

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Chances are you're reading this article for one of two reasons:
A. You’re procrastinating.
B. You’re genuinely interested in becoming more productive.
Whatever your reason, you probably feel as if there's never enough time for everything. Instead, you are left feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious.
So when we see those students that always seem to “just get it done,” we can’t help but be envious. Even under tremendous pressure, they remain efficient, motivated and productive. What's their secret?

Topics: Going Back to College, Motivation, Work-Life Balance

Why Become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)?

Healthcare is changing. Systems are moving. And the need for doctoral-prepared nurses has taken on a life of its own.

Since 2004, when the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) identified a need for clinical nurses to have a higher degree in education, professional nursing organizations and institutes of medicine across the nation have bolstered their efforts to increase the number of doctoral-prepared nurses. But a fragmented U.S. healthcare and public health system has not made this an easy task. Nevertheless, by 2020, the Institute of Medicine recommends that a critical solution to meeting these future health needs is to double the number of nurses with doctoral degrees by 2020.

But will you be ready to meet the demands of this new and complex healthcare environment? Or will you take on a leadership role?

Topics: Career, Nursing

College vs. University: What's the Difference?


Higher education options for adult learners often include both colleges and universities, and differentiating and judging them can be difficult.

In the United States, colleges and universities are often discussed interchangeably with little to no realization of the difference between them. In fact, you'll likely consider yourself a 'college student' no matter which type of institution you attend. Even though this usage is perfectly acceptable, it's important to note that colleges and universities have several differences that could affect which type of school you choose.

So what is the real difference between a college and a university?

Topics: Going Back to College

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science: What's the Difference?

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Every day we are faced with a multitude of choices:

Turn left or right?

Soup or salad?

Early bedtime or one more TV show?

If you are planning to go back to college, there are even more things to consider. Between tuition plans, course schedules and areas of study, the answers may or may not be that easy. But perhaps one of the most common choices you will make is if you should choose a bachelor of arts (BA) degree or a bachelor of science (BS) degree.

Of course, depending on your area of study, this question could already be answered for you, as some programs only fall under one category or the other. But for the areas of study where you do have a choice, what exactly is the difference?

Topics: Going Back to College, Areas of Study and Degree Programs

3 Secrets to Pursuing a New Career

Whether your career has left you bored, stagnant or burnt out, it's not too late to press the restart button.

Of course, switching careers isn’t without its own unique set of challenges. From financial concerns to family responsibilities, it makes sense why most people are hesitant to make such a change midlife.

Topics: Going Back to College, Career

The DO's and DON'Ts of Emailing Your Mentor About Your Online Courses

Writing effective and professional emails to your mentors is an important part of your education. When studying in an online learning environment, it’s likely that most - if not all - of your interactions with your professor will be through email, further demonstrating the importance of maintaining a respectful and professional tone in your communications.

Aside from tone, it’s important to ensure your emails to your mentors are clear, or that they accurately convey what you’re trying to say. Your mentors are likely grading papers regularly - they won’t want to read an unnecessarily long email. But on the other hand, details matter - especially if you know that emails may be the primary form of communication between you and your mentor.

Topics: Taking Courses, Mentors

9 Ways to Finish Homework in College Even When You Don't Feel Like It

Do you put the “pro” in procrastinate?

In truth, we’ve all experienced how difficult it feels just to start. So we tend to ignore it and focus on something more fun instead. But then, before we realize, a project that at first seemed manageable now appears next to impossible to complete. 

So we go into a deadline-induced panic. 

Even if you think you work well under stress and pressure in college, you probably still feel the overwhelming sense of anxiety that accompanies procrastination, whether or not you meet that looming deadline.

Topics: Study Tips, Motivation