At home, at work or on the go, online learning meets you wherever you are.
At PA College, online learning is a flexible approach to delivering course content in a way that suits your lifestyle. While there are specific deadlines and due dates for assignments, you can work through the material on your own schedule – during the times that work for you. Many of our online courses are accelerated, putting you on the fast track to finishing your degree.
Our online courses are presented through Blackboard, one of the most popular Learning Management Systems. Our specially trained faculty are experts in delivering course material through this platform, ensuring learners have a well-rounded experience in their online courses.
Though you aren’t with your classmates in a physical classroom, great bonds are formed through online discussion boards, group projects and other interactive activities. (Some courses include live group discussions or in-person sessions; if that is an element of your course, the dates and times will be presented in the syllabus with plenty of notice.)
Courses Available Online
The following list includes courses that can be taken online. Course timing and availability may vary; please contact your Admissions Counselor or Academic Advisor for more information.
PA College offers several programs with coursework that can be completed entirely online. Some programs include one-day in-person sessions at our Lancaster campus – check out each program to learn more!
- Foundations for Health Informatics Professional Certificate
- Healthcare Administration Professional Certificate
- RN to BSN
- Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
- Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration
- Master of Healthcare Administration
- Master of Science in Nursing – Administration
- Master of Science in Nursing – Education
In addition, our Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs can be completed in a hybrid format. Online courses are blended with some in-person sessions, in addition to in-person clinicals.
Even if a program isn’t available entirely online, virtually all our programs include coursework that can be completed online. Our team of academic advisors works closely with each student to plan a schedule that balances classroom, clinical and online course loads.
What is BYOD?
BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device.” At PA College, per the Mobile Device Policy all students are required to have their own laptop to bring to campus that supports their classroom learning and facilitates online testing.
Each student is required to have a fully functioning laptop with them during each class and use their personal device to take all course examinations as directed by their faculty.
Students who are utilizing a PC or Mac must meet the following minimum requirements for their device. Please note, Chromebooks and “Windows S Mode” are not supported due to software compatibility and should not be purchased/used on campus.
- Wi-Fi Capable
- Up-to-date operating system: Windows 10 or 11, or Mac OS X 10.15 or later (64-bit processor)
- Latest vendor-supported versions of an internet browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge
- Up-to-date antivirus/malware software
- Webcam and microphone
We recommend that laptops are no more than two years old and include a screen that’s at least 10” or bigger. Laptops purchased in the last two years are most likely to meet the minimum requirements. Most electronic stores, such as Best Buy or Apple, can assist with finding a device that works best for your needs and in accordance with these requirements.
What if my laptop breaks while on campus?
The Office of Information Technology Services at PA College (ITS) can assist students with Wi-Fi connectivity, accessing PA College applications and wireless printing issues. And while ITS can make recommendations on hardware or software issues, all break/fix issues are the responsibility of the student and must be completed by the student or a third party.
Sometimes unexpected issues arise with a personal laptop on campus in which case PA College can provide a laptop to be used temporarily for class or testing on campus. These loaner laptops are not guaranteed to students and are not meant to be a long-term solution, but instead are made available to students for a specified amount of time on a “first come, first served” basis until their device can be repaired. To obtain a loaner laptop for a class or exam, stop by the ITS department (located in the Cooper building, first floor, adjacent to the Commons Café) between 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by visiting the Health Sciences Library (located in the Cooper building, first floor, in the back of the Learning Commons) between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
If you have questions regarding the BYOD policy or requesting a loaner laptop, please contact the Office of Information Technology.
Students need a variety of skills to succeed in the online learning format. Effective time-management skills may be the most important factor to success in online learning. Successful online learners are internally motivated and able to work well independently. Online students should possess computer equipment, high-speed Internet, as well a willingness to learn new technologies. It also helps to have a dedicated study space, and you might benefit from creating a study schedule. Additionally, consider finding a buddy to connect with in an online course just like you would in a traditional classroom.
Will you make a good online learner?
The following resource suggests many ways to become a successful online student: “Online Student’s Manual for Success.”