Continuing education courses for nurses are available online. Regardless of a nurse's designation, a desired course for receiving continuing education credits is usually available from reputable institutions.
Online courses, sometimes referred to as distance education, offer quite a bit of choice with respect to a nurses' designations and the institutions offering them. Nurses can take these without having to compromise their work schedule. Online courses also help students to become independent learners to a greater degree. Learners are usually expected to be actively involved in their studies, although help is available when needed. Nursing requirements are increasing rapidly, as of 2015, and there is no indication of a slowdown. Consequently, the number education programs must also increase to meet the demand, something which is aided by online courses.