Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the advantages of NursingABC courses over the classroom?
- Is NursingABC accredited and by what agency?
- Are NursingABC courses accepted only by the schools listed on the website?
- What is the tuition charge for NursingABC courses?
- How can I pay my course tuition?
- Do I get college credit for NursingABC courses?
- What is the average course completion time?
- Do I need a textbook?
- When can I register for NursingABC courses?
- When do I receive a reply to my registration?
- How do I receive my NursingABC materials?
- How am I taught through the lesson modules?
- How do I get help with anything I don't understand?
- What is the NursingABC grading scale?
- How do the NursingABC labs work?
- Does NursingABC award financial aid?
- What is the refund policy?
- What is the process for arranging for NursingABC transcripts?
- What software is required for your site?
- Which courses do I need to take?
- How long do I have to finish the course?
- How long will the course material be available to me after I finish?
- Is there a deadline for requesting transcripts after my course is complete?
- Does NursingABC offer a military discount?
Q. What are the advantages of NursingABC courses over the classroom?
A. NursingABC offers low tuition and no need to purchase any text books. The self-paced nature of our courses and the fact that you can start on any date are distinct advantages when a student is attempting to meet an upcoming deadline. The availability of no-cost, prompt access to a personal tutor makes it easy to handle problem areas. We believe that all of these aspects out-weigh the attributes of a traditional classroom setting, especially when this course is being used to fulfill an entrance requirement.
Q. Is NursingABC accredited and by what agency?
A. NursingABC is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association and is listed on their website at:
Because of our accreditation, our course transcripts have been accepted by health profession schools to satisfy entrance prerequisites.
Q. Are NursingABC courses accepted only by the schools listed on the website?
A. The schools that are listed on our web site are schools at which applicants have used NursingABC courses to satisfy entrance prerequisites and provide remediation.
Because of our regionally-accredited status, our courses have been accepted at all nursing schools where they satisfy the entrance prerequisites of the program.
Because the prerequisite requirements of each department at each school are subject to change, before registering for a NursingABC course, it is recommended that you confirm that the course satisfies the prerequisites within the specific department at the school to which you are applying.
Q. What is the tuition charge for NursingABC courses?
A. The tuition for each course is listed on the Courses menu of the website.
Q. How can I pay my course tuition?
A. NursingABC course tuition may be paid online through our secure registration page by using any major credit card.
Q. Do I get college credit for NursingABC courses?
A. The courses are fully accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools and satisfy the entrance requirements of health profession schools where high-school courses are accepted as prerequisites. They were designed specifically to meet high school level math and science prerequisites for applicants to health profession schools, and do not earn college credit.
NursingABC does offer a college level program. For more details, visit www.portagelearning.com
Q. What is the average course completion time?
A. All NursingABC courses are said to be "self-paced" since the student determines the pace in the course. We estimate that the average student working for 4 hours per week will complete the 6 module MAT 091 in 6 weeks or the 8 module BIO 095 or CHM 095 courses in 8 weeks. But if the student works for 8 hours per week they will complete the 6 module MAT 091 in 2-3 weeks or the 8 module BIO 095 or CHM 095 courses in 4 weeks. We have had students who have decided to greatly accelerate their pace and have worked for ~16 hours per week and they have completed the 6 module MAT 091 in 1.5 weeks and the 8 module BIO 095 or CHM 095 courses in 2 weeks.
Q. Do I need a textbook?
A. No textbooks are needed for any NursingABC course since all costs for reading curriculum materials are included in the tuition.
Q. When can I register for NursingABC courses?
A. Among the greatest advantage to our courses is the ability of students to start when they want (rather than just in Jan, June or Sept) and complete at the pace they desire since each student works independently at a time of the day that they choose. This advantage makes it possible to complete a course in much less than the 12 weeks required for completing a traditional course (or to take much longer if the student desires). The student decides when to register and takes as much time or as little time to complete each of the lesson modules (which are each followed by an exam).
Q. When do I receive a reply to my registration?
A. Students enrolling in online delivered NursingABC courses may begin their courses immediately after making tuition payment using the web-based course delivery system. The students will have full access to the course material after an instructor has been assigned to them. This is typically done within one business day.
Students enrolled in MAT 093 will receive course information & instructions within one business day.
Q. How do I receive my NursingABC materials?
A. All NursingABC lesson modules and exams are completed by distance learning methods. This makes it possible to complete all aspects of our courses at home allowing students to work on the courses at a time which is convenient to their schedule. The student is assigned to a personal instructor who is available by email and is also supported by our academic help line. A help line instructor is available to assist the student with any problems they encounter with the course material.
Q. How am I taught through the lesson modules?
A. The student reads a section of the lesson module (which contains already solved example problems) then is asked to do sample problems which require application of the material which they have read. The answers to the sample problems are then checked against the correct answers given in the module. If any answers to the sample problems are incorrect, the student should re-do the problems taking into account the correct answers. If the problem is still not understood, the student should consult their personal instructor or the help line for assistance.
Q. How do I get help with anything I don't understand?
A. Each student is assigned their own personal instructor who is available by site mail to explain material which is not understood by the student. Several courses have help file links within the lesson modules containing detailed explanations and extra sample problems. Each student has access to NursingABC Student Help Line, where they talk one-on-one with an instructor about any questions in any course.
Details regarding the help line are at the link below:
Q. What is the NursingABC grading scale?
A. The grading scale used in all NursingABC courses is as follows:
A: 89.5% - 100%
B: 79.5% - 89.4%
C: 69.5% - 79.4%
D: 59.5% - 69.4%
F: 0% - 59.4%
Q. How do the NursingABC labs work?
A. The video lab will require you to complete worksheets by viewing lab work being done by an experienced scientist. The video lab has been chosen because it assures that you get to experience a wide variety of experiments with successful results. Answering the worksheets will not require any information from the lesson modules, but will reinforce material learned in the modules. The answers to the questions will be provided by watching the video lab and will give you the opportunity to see quality lab work conducted. The work must be completed to certify that the student has completed a LAB science course as required by nursing and health professions programs. The lab work receives a Pass or Fail grade.
Q. Does NursingABC award financial aid?
A. NursingABC does not participate in the federal financial aid programs. Our student financial aid is in the form of keeping our costs very low. When taking the course through traditional schools, you may incur costs for registration fees, text books, lab fees, and technology fees. When combining those costs with tuition, the total bill may be up to $700-$1000 per course. In contrast, with NursingABC, the tuition is all-inclusive. All written materials are included in the cost, and there are no text books to purchase. The tuition rates for each course are listed on the Courses menu of the website.
Q. What is the refund policy?
A. If you have enrolled in a NursingABC course and then decide against taking the course, a $50 administrative fee will be charged and subtracted from the tuition refund. If you begin a course and complete two or more modules, or more than 30 days elapses, no tuition will be refunded.
Q. What is the process for arranging for NursingABC transcripts?
A. Transcripts may be requested through the online system. Official transcripts are sent via 1st Class US Mail at no cost to the student. For more details about transcripts copy and paste the URL below into your browser.
Q. What software is required for your site?
A. The NursingABC course delivery system is best experienced with the latest version of Mozilla Firefox as the browser. The latest version of Mozilla Firefox may be downloaded for free here:
Other web browsers may function to varying degrees but may not support all of the features on the site. Additionally, the differences in programming for each browser may cause students to experience technical difficulties while taking a course. Our recommended browser has been chosen to give each student the most positive experience with our site.
Q. Which courses do I need to take?
A. Each school and programs within schools have differing requirements, and we advise all students to contact an advisor at the school(s) of their choosing to determine which courses their program requires of their applicants.
Q. How long do I have to finish the course?
A. Each NursingABC course must be completed within one calendar year of submitting the first module of the course. At the end of one year, if your course is not completed, you will be withdrawn from the course, and a withdrawn grade will be assigned and displayed on your transcript. In order to replace the withdrawn grade, you will have to register for the course again.
Q. How long will the course material be available to me after I finish?
A. You will continue to have access to your course for 60 days after the course grade is finalized.
Q. Is there a deadline for requesting transcripts after my course is complete?
A. You may request a transcript at any time after your course grade is finalized by accessing the transcript request form in your student dashboard.
Q. Does NursingABC offer a military discount?
A. Absolutely! We provide a 10% discount on all of our courses for active and retired military personnel. Please give us a call or send us an email to receive further instructions on how to apply for this discount.