The NRC has very specific regulations regarding 80-hour programs and clearly spells out time spent on the material as the requirement. You must spend 80 hours working on the materials. You can find the regulations here.
What that means is your 80-hour program must be a TIME based training program! As odd as it may sound, a "knowledge" based program is not sufficient.
You can't just have a "click" through program where you get x% correct and your done.
That is how many online programs are set up. It is simply easier to set up that way for those online programs. It is very difficult to build an application that monitors time. We did that because that is what the regulations say.
Your preceptor may not even be aware of it!
If you are thinking about such an online program, ask them about it!
Don't take the chance that the NRC may invalidate your training should they ever investigate those online programs!
Contact me if you would like to talk about it further.
Steven W. Walter, M.D.