Online Prerequisites Student Profile: Kirsten Ross

Kirsten Ross Prereqs

Kirsten Ross with one of her daughters 

Kirsten Ross needed to take online prerequisite courses before attending the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She chose classes at MGH Institute of Health Professions because of its expert faculty.

In particular, Ross praised her two microbiology professors at the MGH Institute – Antonio Valencia, PhD, a neurology instructor at Harvard Medical School and an assistant in neuroscience at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Sandra Buerger, PhD, an experienced online instructor and researcher in Microbiology – as key reasons for her success.

Ross enjoyed the organization of the online microbiology course as well as the online statistics course. The flexible design of the courses allowed her to plan her studying around her busy family life as a mother of four children and a wife of an Army Officer while stationed overseas in Italy. 

“There was no question about online course expectations as they were laid out in a straight forward way. It was a relief to have such well-organized online courses, which ultimately allowed me to finish my nursing prerequisites.”

Ross, who reached the rank of Army captain before leaving the service in 2011, further notes “The online laboratory is extremely realistic. The need to come into a physical laboratory is simply not necessary, especially when I could access the virtual lab 24 hours a day seven days a week.”

She found the professors incredibly engaged and interesting.

“I have had the privilege of having outstanding professors during my undergraduate years at The College of the Holy Cross, but I was pleasantly surprised to have equally impressive online professors in the MGH Institute’s microbiology department,”  Ross says, “It could easily be an overwhelming endeavor taking an online microbiology course with lab component. Thankfully, my online professors were readily accessible; Dr. Valencia and Dr. Buerger always promptly answered my questions.”

After graduating from Johns Hopkins, her long-term goal is to become a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice (DNAP), which she plans to do in Florida.

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