As of 2015, schools that offer free online nursing courses include Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University, the University of Michigan, Empire State Public Health Training Center and Kaplan University, notes NurseJournal.org. These free courses are available to nurses and nursing students who want to update their skills and knowledge. Many free courses are geared toward those already working in the field or who want continuing education credit; however, there are some free courses available for college credit, notes Study.com.
Johns Hopkins University offers several online nursing courses that can be taken for free. One course, Fundamentals of Oncology for Public Health Practitioners, focuses on cancer prevention control in clinical oncology. Students learn about the different approaches to screening, prevention and treatment in various cancers. The school also offers two nutrition-focused nursing courses: Principles of Human Nutrition and Critical Analysis of Popular Diets and Dietary Supplements.
Students interest in Tufts University courses can take Introduction to Clinical Pain Problems. This course focuses on how to evaluate and manage common clinical pain issues. Topics include how to identify the location, quality, intensity and severity of pain. Other courses offered by Tufts University include Biology of Water and Health and Human Growth and Development.
Other places that offer free nursing courses online include Des Moines University, the College of Southern Maryland, Villanova University and Lincoln Land Community College, notes Study.com.