What is a Credit Hour Residency Requirement and How Do I Know If I Have One?

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Credit Hour Residency Requirement. As a student, you probably heard this term used before. Maybe you even saw it on your academic evaluation. In any case, you may be unsure about one thing: What does it actually mean for me?

At Thomas Edison State College, a credit hour residency requirement is an academic requirement that can be fulfilled by taking courses, exam programs, portfolio assessments or other credit earning methods offered by Thomas Edison State College.  

Once you know what this requirement is and if you have it, you can figure out how to go about fulfilling it.

Topics: Taking Courses, Advising

A Beginner’s Guide to the New Academic Advising Video Chat Option


Until you can meet with an academic advisor via hologram or teleportation, you can get advising help through the next best thing: live, video web conferencing. 

Topics: Advising

4 Rules for Success in an Online Nursing Program

Written by Maggie Ciocco MS, RN, BC; Ritamarie Giosa MSN, RN, CPN; Lisa Harris PhDc, MSN, MBA, RN; and Holly Leahan MSN, RN, CMSRN

This article originally appeared in Advance for Nurses.

There is no doubt that education plays a key role in helping nurses provide better patient care and advance in their careers. However, for many working nurses, finding time to continue their education can be a challenge. In response, countless RNs have chosen online learning for the convenience, flexibility and efficiency they need to move forward in their nursing careers.

If you are considering an online nursing program, knowing what it takes to thrive in this environment can be fundamental to your success. As experienced advisors who respond to the concerns of more than 2,500 nurses in the College’s online RN/BSN-MSN program, we have four suggestions for success if you are considering an online nursing program. 


Topics: Advising, Nursing

7 Surprising Courses That Fulfill Your General Education Degree Requirements


Man’s best friend is also his best study buddy in the Biology and Behavior of Dogs.

When you think of general education requirements, do courses like math, English composition and science come to mind?

Almost every college or university has specific program requirements you must complete to earn your degree. But many students question why they have to take these classes at all if their area of study is in a completely unrelated field.

Enter the general education curriculum. It was developed to give students a well-rounded, working knowledge in a variety of disciplines. These courses (unrelated to your concentration) will help you develop skills necessary to succeed in any environment, like critical thinking, problem solving, communication and more. In reality, to advance your career, you need an integrative knowledge of multiple things. Not just your area of study.  

Topics: Taking Courses, Advising

9 Things No One Tells You About Choosing College Electives

Does a course about Children’s Literature sound fascinating? Or perhaps the Dog Behavior and Biology course interests you while you struggle to house train your own Spot or Fido?

One of the many benefits of college is that you have the flexibility to choose what you want to learn. Electives allow you to be picky and select college courses that fulfill a general education requirement, help boost your GPA or interest you “just because.” Or they may give you the opportunity to explore new hobbies and develop desirable career skills and abilities. However, your elective choices can be limited, or even nonexistent, if you don’t have the right degree plan and make the wrong course decisions. It all depends on which credits successfully transfer, your degree requirements and what you ultimately want to do. Here’s what you need to know to ensure that you can take electives that meet your personal goals, passions and degree needs.

Topics: Taking Courses, Transferring College Credit, Advising

Nobody Ever Told Me That: The Academic Evaluation

Nobody Ever Told Me That: The Academic Evaluation

When it comes to your academic evaluation, have you ever thought, “Hey, nobody ever told me that”? Your customized academic program evaluation is an invaluable planning tool that shows you where your previously earned credit, like transfer credit and/or licenses/certifications, will fit into your degree, so you can see what courses you have left to take. It is organized into the different requirements needed to earn your degree (i.e. General Education, Area of Study, Free Electives), and as each requirement is fulfilled, the credit will appear with the corresponding grade.

Topics: Transferring College Credit, Advising

10 Quick Tips to Easily Solve Your Biggest Technical Issues

10 Quick Tips to Easily Solve Your Biggest Technical Issues

The online learning environment can be a demanding one. Even with the latest advances in technology, we all run into glitches but still want them solved… yesterday. Save yourself a couple of HelpDesk tickets and frantic phone calls with these 10 foolproof resolutions to your technical issues.

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Advising

10 Tips You Need to Know to Get Quicker, Better Advising Help

10 Tips You Need to Know to Get Quicker, Better Advising Help

When you first apply to college, the idea seems simple. You are ready to take the required classes, write papers, pass your exams and eventually earn a college degree. But then the anxiety sets in: What is this academic evaluation? How do I read it? What classes am I supposed to take? How do I register? General education courseswhat are those???

Topics: Prior Learning Assessment and Portfolio, Taking Courses, Areas of Study and Degree Programs, Advising

9 Deadly Habits Adult Students Should Avoid

9 Deadly Habits Every Student Should Avoid

While there are an infinite number of strategies and tactics that can drive a student’s success, there are only a handful of reasons that may lead a student to crash in failure. But those reasons are MAJOR. And, oftentimes, hard to avoid. But not impossible.

By understanding the pitfalls that often plague students, you can better prepare for your own college success. Whether you are just learning how to navigate a work/life balance, or searching for a reason why going back to college as an adult is so much harder than you thought it would be, kick these 9 habits to the curb and give yourself a degree tune-up:

Topics: Online Tools and Resources, Taking Courses, Study Tips, Going Back to College, Advising, Time Management, Work-Life Balance

Stark Notes: Now That You Have Applied, What’s Next?

Graduates at Commencement 2014

Once you have submitted your Application for Admission and arranged to have your official transcripts sent to the College, or if you are newly enrolled, you may need some guidance on the next stages. Sometimes, just getting started can be the toughest part. So if you are unsure what to do after you apply or enroll, here's what to expect next. 

Topics: Going Back to College, Advising, Applying