How to Prepare for the First Semester in an Online DNP Program

Online courses have been an extended help to those who have busy lives but want to obtain a degree. This has created an easy way to accomplish a goal without physically attending school. Online courses are indeed a big help but there is some preparation required to be successful in the course. Being aware of who your instructor is and what the course involves is the first important thing. Also being able to have a reliable source to access the course is important. After finding a reliable source to access your course, you should know how to navigate through the course with no problems. This will be your way to get all classwork and homework so be sure to know the ins and outs of the course website.

It is important to introduce yourself as an eager learner and will aid as a successful contributor to the class as well as to your peers when needed. When preparing for the first semester of online class it is important to have an understanding of the background of the class. This is important because you want to ensure that you have a clear understanding of what will be going on throughout the course of the semester as well as acquire knowledge from the syllabus that the instructor will provide. Another key factor is staying organized throughout the course and turning work in on time. Being organized is a big role in preparing for an online course.

When taking an online course it is important to have a reliable resource to access your class whether it may be through desktop, laptop, or mobile device. In addition, it is also important to know how to navigate throughout the website and become familiar with how to access your assignments. Another way to prepare for an online class is to prepare a schedule and set up a designated place where you will be taking the online course. It is important to prepare a schedule because it will help ensure that you stay on track as well as aid in managing your time. While taking online classes time management is key due to the fact that you may only have a short period of time to complete assignments compared to courses that are face to face.

Furthermore, by setting up a designated place to take an online course will help ensure that you have the privacy, space, and resources that you may need while class is in session. While taking an online class it is important that you aren’t in an area where things or people may distract you, preferably it is best that you chose a place such as a library and or a quiet area at your workplace.

About the Author

Zondrian Kelly-Mack

Hello, my name is Zondrian Kelly-Mack, for the past 16 years, I have diligently immersed myself in nursing as a LPN, ASN, and later BSN-prepared nurse. I currently hold my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northwestern State University. I am currently a first-year graduate student at Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing in the BSN-DNP Family Nurse Practitioner Program. My experience in nursing has been immeasurable, rewarding, and inspiring for me in providing holistic, compassionate nursing care on a continuum. I have had the opportunity to care for patients with various backgrounds, and as such this experience has instilled in me professional qualities such as perseverance, dedication, hard work, and determination to excel in my educational goals. As a first-year student at Loyola University, I am aspiring to obtain new knowledge, advance practice skills, and leadership to transition from a BSN prepared nurse to a novice DNP-Family Nurse Practitioner, while affording me the opportunity and mobility to maintain my practice in the Shreveport-Bossier area where I currently reside.