This article reviews the use of distance learning in nursing education and to summarize key questions that must be addressed by programs or students considering advanced practice nursing education using distance technology. An acute care nurse practitioner program using distance learning strategies is provided as an example to illustrate delivery of a clinically based curriculum. Examples of questions to be addressed in evaluating a distance education program include: How much of the course or graduate nursing program is available on-line? What are the specific informational technologies used? How does communication occur between graduate students and faculty? How are clinical requirements of a course managed? Are there any requirements for time to be spent directly on campus? Is it necessary for the student to have a computer and Internet provider? Knowledge of the available technology and components of distance education can enhance the ability of the advanced practice nurse to evaluate better and choose educational program offerings.
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Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing| November 01 1999
Distance Education Programs for Advanced Practice Nurses: Questions to Ask
Lani M. Zimmerman, RN, PhD;
From the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha.
Reprint requests to Lani M. Zimmerman, RN, PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Nursing, 985330 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5330.
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Susan Bamnson, RN, PhD;
AACN Adv Crit Care (1999) 10 (4): 508–514.
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Lani M. Zimmerman, Susan Bamnson, Bunny Pozehl; Distance Education Programs for Advanced Practice Nurses: Questions to Ask. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 November 1999; 10 (4): 508–514. doi:
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