Online Nurse Practitioner Programs

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Online Nursing Programs Overview

Deans, faculty, and other members of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing discuss what makes Maryville’s programs distinctive and provide advice for perspective online nursing students.



The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing

Dr. Elizabeth Buck: One of the main contributions of the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing in the state, in the region and in the country is that we are producing quality nurse practitioners to improve the patient outcomes across the country. We teach students to approach the patients in a holistic manner, not just a person who comes into the clinic with a cough or a sore throat, but rather the whole patient, the family, their occupation, everything about them and we don’t just isolate that one experience for them.

What Makes The Maryville Online Nursing Programs Distinctive

Dr. Charles Gulas: All of our graduate courses are based upon our strength and our experience in undergraduate curriculums.

Dan Spiller: I would say that Maryville’s programs are distinctive because they were built from the ground up. Maryville had a reputable nurse practitioner program prior to going online and so a lot of the resources and tradition were used to build the online program.

Nina Zimmermann: Our faculty, our registered nurses, most are nurse practitioners, board certificated nurse practitioners who practice currently and are able to translate practice in the classroom setting.

Jennifer Gwin: I think Maryville’s online nursing program is distinctive because we have faculty who are really devoted to the success of students.

Dr. Elizabeth Buck: We engage with our students very, very intimately, even in an online environment. That’s one of the things that we have translated from our on ground programs to our online programs because we have really close relationships with our students.

Faculty Support

Dan Spiller: The Maryville faculty eat, sleep and breath nursing and education and how those two work together and I don’t think I’ve ever met a more dedicated group of academic professionals.

Elizabeth Stacey: Students get a lot of information and great advice and support from their faculty that are teaching the courses, as well as the program directors.

Nina Zimmermann: Students will have the opportunity to speak with me via a discussion board, an assignment, an email or they even have the choice of calling me directly in my office or on my cell phone.


Jennifer Gwin: The Catherine McAuley School of Nursing makes students feel a part of the community, especially in clinical courses by promoting activities that draw students together.

Dr. Elizabeth Buck: One of the other things that we do at Maryville is that we promote networking among the students. Every cohort is made up of a variety of students from a variety of different states so that when you’re studying with one another, you’re getting a different perspective.

Advice for Prospective Students

Dr. Charles Gulas: My advice to online nursing students is (1) not to choose Maryville’s program if they’re looking or the easiest way to get a degree. And at Maryville, we really believe that involvement and engaged learning is the best way for students to learn and to really understand the content.

Elizabeth Stacey: So, it’s really important to plan ahead and make sure that you kind of set a schedule for yourself.

Nina Zimmermann: I would recommend establishing a relationship with each instructor and communicating any needs or challenges that you have, early, so that those needs and challenges may be addressed.

Dan Spiller: There’s three keys that I think could be applied to programs that will make a student successful and that’s dedication, accountability and time management.

Dr. Elizabeth Buck: Some of the characteristics of a successful Maryville online nursing student include being comfortable with your independent learning, being self-sufficient and being self-disciplined so that you don’t fall behind in your work and you keep up.