Part-time nursing programs allow students to become qualified as registered nurses, either with an associate's or a bachelor's degree, without giving up full-time employment. Classes are held during students' non-working hours, such as evenings and weekends, and can also be taken online. As with full-time nursing programs, part-time students are required to complete a set number of clinical hours, according to Learn.org.
As they are part-time, the programs typically take longer to complete than full-time courses. A part-time associate's degree in nursing, for example, usually takes between two and four years, while a part-time bachelor's degree in nursing can take between five and 10 years to complete. The course duration depends on the institution, however, with some offering bachelor's degree programs with a duration of three years.
The amount of time spent studying each week varies between programs, but may be around 20 hours, Learn.org notes. Topics covered include the same as those studied by full-time students, including human anatomy and physiology, human growth and development, microbiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology.
The number of clinical hours expected of part-time students is often set as a quota for the whole course, rather than as a weekly quota. Clinical requirements can typically be fulfilled in evenings or on weekends, as with the academic requirements.
Part-time nursing programs culminate with the National Council Licensure Examination for RNs (registered nurses), as well as applicable state licensure requirements.