Schools Offering Refresher Courses in Nursing

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Schools Offering Refresher Courses in Nursing
Nursing refresher programs are a great way to update skills and knowledge. (nurse chris image by John Keith from

The world of medicine changes at a breakneck pace, and nurses who have taken some time off can easily fall behind on the latest developments in their fields while their basic skills also grow a little rusty. To help RNs get back in the saddle, nursing refresher courses provide the education necessary to help them perform at the highest level.

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Greenville Technical College

Located in South Carolina, Greenville Technical College offers a nursing refresher course which has "successfully returned over 350 nurses back into clinical practice," according to the school website. The program is divided into three segments, with online lectures, a skills lab and a clinical rotation. Students review nursing basics while learning about new developments in the field, allowing them to return to work prepared.

Greenville Technical College

PO Box 5616

Greenville, SC 29606


Douglas College

Psychiatric nurses who have been out of the field for five years of more can enrol in the Psychiatric Nursing Refresher program at Douglas College, located in British Columbia. The program at Douglas includes online study, five courses and a psychiatric clinical rotation, leading to a certificate. According to Douglas, the refresher courses allow nurses to "assess, plan, implement, evaluate and adapt a plan of care for a client in a mental health setting," and the program can be completed over 30 months.

Douglas College

PO Box 2503

New Westminster, BC

V3L 5B2


California State University San Marcos

To help nurses who've experienced a gap since their last period of employment, California State University San Marcos offers a two-part refresher course. In the didactic component, nurses study subjects such as patient teaching and infection control in a classroom setting, leading to a final exam. In the clinical portion of the program, nurses take part in "supervised hands-on patient care delivery," according to the school, working in an area hospital or clinic to gain practical experience.

CSU San Marcos

333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road

San Marcos, CA 92096-0001


Mount Carmel College of Nursing

The Mount Carmel College of Nursing offers an online refresher course for nurses who've been away from the profession for five years or more. The program is divided into three parts, with an online learning segment composed of assignments, study guides and discussions. The second segment consists of readings to update and refresh nurses on basics and new information, and students complete the program with a 100-hour clinical rotation. The program seeks to help nurses "demonstrate safe, effective nursing consistent with recognised standards of practice." Students must have an RN license.

Mount Carmel College of Nursing

127 S. Davis Ave.

Columbus, OH 43222


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