Excelsior College or College Network - page 5

I am eager to find an LPN to RN program. I obtained information on both Excelsior College:uhoh3: and College Network. It appears that the transition maybe easier with Excelsior College but I am not... Read More

  1. by   ericcire
    has any body done anything with college network and indiana state U?
  2. by   MeganMLPN
    I just finished the LPN program and passed my NCLEX last week. I am doing TCN's LPN to BSN program pre-req's now. You don't have to do Excelsior, you can transfer (but check the school you want to attend first) complete classes to a university which accepts the coursework. Our nursing program STRONGLY discouraged using Rue and Excelsior, so no one from my program is doing either of those programs. I have found that I don't have to do ISU's distance program as I previously discussed with my TCN advisor, but I can attend USF locally instead. The best advise I can give you is to contact the university you'd like to attend on your own and talk personally with an advisor. You'll hear lots of people say lots of things, but until you hear directly from the source, I wouldn't put too much thought into what others say... including myself :-) It's just best to find for your self what the deal is, because we each have different experiences and hear different things.

    I found another benefit of doing TCN was not having to travel to Atlanta for 3 days to complete clinicals. Since either university I attend uses preceptors at hospitals throughout the country, I can do my clinicals locally.

    Good luck to you.
  3. by   MeganMLPN
    Quote from ericcire
    has any body done anything with college network and indiana state U?

    I am currently enrolled for ISU's first few courses using TCN. I have been in contact with an ISU guidance counselor whose just basically keeping me on track. I found though this week that USF (I live in South Florida) accepts the pre-req's from TCN, so I will probably just be attending USF intsead.
  4. by   nicolaa
    If I were you, I would go directly through Excelsior College because you would not have to worry about being misinformed and lied to by college network.
  5. by   ericcire
    Quote from nicolaa
    If I were you, I would go directly through Excelsior College because you would not have to worry about being misinformed and lied to by college network.
    what are you refering to exactly? sounds like youfeel you have been burned. how so?
  6. by   rescuegroomer
    You can get any of TCN on ebay for next to nothing. Why in the world would you sign up with them? The ONLY thing they REALLY do is sell you study guides...all of which you can find on ebay. They don't give you the degree. Only the college does that. If you MUST have study guides get them from some poor soul who was suckered in off ebay. Don't be that person who fell for it.
  7. by   MeganMLPN
    Quote from rescuegroomer
    You can get any of TCN on ebay for next to nothing. Why in the world would you sign up with them? The ONLY thing they REALLY do is sell you study guides...all of which you can find on ebay. They don't give you the degree. Only the college does that. If you MUST have study guides get them from some poor soul who was suckered in off ebay. Don't be that person who fell for it.
    Wow, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about... sad. You can't take people's advice from here. My actual Nursing school told us to NEVER enroll with Excelsior!! So none of us did. To each his own, somethings work for some people while other things work for others. Whatever an individual deems best for themselves is nothing for other people to get hateful about... just because they got burned because they didn't get accepted is no one's fault but their own. Or whatever the case may be.

    TCN provides you with the coursework so you don't have to attend actual college courses, in person, on a time frame that doesn't meet your schedule needs. No, they don't award you a degree, but they set you up with admissions to colleges and YOU DO NOT have to go to Excelsior. There are two or three courses that are Excelsior coursework, that's it. You're not actually attending Excelsior nor will you ever have to. You can get your pre-req's from TCN and they'll help you apply to ISU, who then takes over and helps finish the admissions process. If you haven't actually gone through this process how can you advise others? All people are looking for here is guidance from those who have actually experienced the process. There's no need for hatefulness!!
  8. by   rescuegroomer
    Well..I would say the majority is very PO'd at TCN...including a friend of mine who is thousands in the hole. She sold her crap on Ebay and didn't even come CLOSE to getting back what she is STILL trying to pay off. Some lucky person was smart enough to check ebay first before buying directly through them. I'm not saying the guides won't help you pass..maybe maybe not..but why pay all that money and sign a contract??
  9. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from Papillonkisses
    Wow, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about... sad. You can't take people's advice from here. My actual Nursing school told us to NEVER enroll with Excelsior!! So none of us did. To each his own, somethings work for some people while other things work for others. Whatever an individual deems best for themselves is nothing for other people to get hateful about... just because they got burned because they didn't get accepted is no one's fault but their own. Or whatever the case may be.

    TCN provides you with the coursework so you don't have to attend actual college courses, in person, on a time frame that doesn't meet your schedule needs. No, they don't award you a degree, but they set you up with admissions to colleges and YOU DO NOT have to go to Excelsior. There are two or three courses that are Excelsior coursework, that's it. You're not actually attending Excelsior nor will you ever have to. You can get your pre-req's from TCN and they'll help you apply to ISU, who then takes over and helps finish the admissions process. If you haven't actually gone through this process how can you advise others? All people are looking for here is guidance from those who have actually experienced the process. There's no need for hatefulness!!
    Well, actually, we DO have a good idea of what we're talking about. TCN will try to make you believe that the only way to attend Excelsior is through them. That's the dishonesty to which we are referring.
  10. by   MeganMLPN
    Quote from Suesquatch
    Well, actually, we DO have a good idea of what we're talking about. TCN will try to make you believe that the only way to attend Excelsiin or is through them. That's the dishonesty to which we are referring.
    Hmm, my TCN adviser actually told me the opposite... And I mean, if you don't check into things for yourself then yeah, you're gonna get suckered in because you're not taking matters into your own hands and doing your own research. I mean, a quick search of google brought up the link for Excelsior (https://www.excelsior.edu/) in 0.08 seconds.

    And for that matter, here's the homepage for TCN, and look at that, Excelsior's not listed on the Education Partners box... very weird for an organization claiming the only way to attend Excelsior is through them...

    If you don't have 0.08 seconds to spare and would rather waste months or years "hating on" TCN for "being dishonest" then carry on, please! It's not my life you're wasting! But don't try to discourage others from something they're interested in because you didn't take the time to do the research on things and get a clue yourself.

    I do mean to be slightly sarcastic, but not hateful in case you're wondering. I just think it's ridiculous how so many people on the website discourage others from continuing on their education. So something didn't work for you, so what, but as we can see clearly from this thread, to each is their own perception. So basically, do the leg work yourself, research things before you sign contracts and what not, and don't let others get you down if you think something's right for you. Just because someone else says it's not the right way doesn't make it true for all.
    Last edit by MeganMLPN on Apr 24, '08
  11. by   rescuegroomer
    ok...but if people ask then why is YOUR take on TCN ok to post, but ours isn't. We have a view on it too, and if someone is asking then I sure as heck am going to tell them what I know...just like YOU did. Then they can make a truely informed decision after knowing the different views to research. If someone later feels like they are screwed or happy with it..at least they heard BOTH sides before signing the expensive dotted line. Right? You DON'T have to go through TCN to go to school. You decided to...GREAT for you. For me...I would be devastated if I spent all that money and didn't have to. Esp if I ASKED on a forum where people know both sides of the story and NO ONE told me and I had to find out the hard way. Anytime I can save someone the heartache my friend has experienced...OF COURSE I am going to tell them. I think it would be "Hateful" not to.
  12. by   MeganMLPN
    Quote from rescuegroomer
    ok...but if people ask then why is YOUR take on TCN ok to post, but ours isn't. We have a view on it too, and if someone is asking then I sure as heck am going to tell them what I know...just like YOU did. Then they can make a truely informed decision after knowing the different views to research. If someone later feels like they are screwed or happy with it..at least they heard BOTH sides before signing the expensive dotted line. Right? You DON'T have to go through TCN to go to school. You decided to...GREAT for you. For me...I would be devastated if I spent all that money and didn't have to. Esp if I ASKED on a forum where people know both sides of the story and NO ONE told me and I had to find out the hard way. Anytime I can save someone the heartache my friend has experienced...OF COURSE I am going to tell them. I think it would be "Hateful" not to.

    Apparently there are a whole lot of people out there that don't do their own research and rely on others for information, taking that information whether it be correct or not. What I am doing is merely defending my choice as you all seem to so vehemently disagree with it. (and so far no one has been able to say anything besides "well I was told..." Someone SAYING something to you is much different than someone providing you with FACTS. What I am suggesting here is to whoever chooses to explore Excelsior or TCN is to get the FACTS, then they won't have to weed through various comments about peoples "horrible" experiences, or their friends "horrible" experiences. Had those people gotten the FACTS in the first place instead of posing questions on a forum where people often mislead others, then they could have made the right choice. It's one thing to share experiences, I have no problem with that. But it's an entirely different thing to try to convince people what they're doing is wrong because they "heard" one thing or another from someone besides them self, or didn't take the time to find out the actual truth for themselves.

    So, lets state some FACTS:

    Fact: TCN (The College Network) is a company which furnishes students with course/study guides which prepare them to take either a CLEP, DANTE or in some cases an Excelsior test exemption.

    Fact: TCN and Excelsior are not one in the same, nor are they partners, nor must you attend BOTH.

    Fact: You may use TCN's pre-req. program to obtain the necessary pre-req's for acceptance into a 4 year university, such as Indiana State, without ever attending Excelsior, to attain your BSN. Per the Academic Planner for Indiana State University LPN/LVN to BSN Program "11 courses must be successfully completed prior to enrolling into the ISU College of Nursing, Health and Human Services. Credit for courses may be obtained through a combination of transfer credit previously awarded from accredited college/universities, and/or successful completion of equivalency examinations. You will prepare for these quivalency examinations during Phase 1 by using The College Network's Comprehensive Learning Modules."

    I never said you shouldn't post, but if you do, don't post about a friend or a friend of a friends bad experience where they made a decision based on mis-information and later found out they didn't want to do whatever avenue they chose. (I'm not specifying your comments, I'm speaking in general terms) It's not TCN (nor Excelsiors) fault for that matter, that people have bad experiences, it's because those people didn't gather the factual research necessary to make an informed decision. That's all I'm saying. Feel free to post away, I'm just cautioning others to take a step back when reading from peoples "horrible experiences" and research things for themselves. Having advice from others is fine and typically welcomed by others, but lets not base things of hearsay.
  13. by   MeganMLPN
    And it doesn't even matter any more, because the original poster already chose Excelsior. So it's all good, they chose the school they felt right for them, and good like to diamond!

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