Excelsior College or College Network - page 6

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   txspadequeenRN
    lol, it always amazes me when people get suckered into the tcn thing and will fight tooth and nail to defend a company that is taking thousands of dollars from them... it is like you are defending the person that just stole your wallet. point is you don't need tcn for either program isu or ec. companies like rue, tcn and those others are in it to make money and as long as people buy into it...they will keep getting richer and richer as the poor student keeps making those monthly payments.
  2. by   MeganMLPN
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    lol, it always amazes me when people get suckered into the tcn thing and will fight tooth and nail to defend a company that is taking thousands of dollars from them... it is like you are defending the person that just stole your wallet. point is you don't need tcn for either program isu or ec. companies like rue, tcn and those others are in it to make money and as long as people buy into it...they will keep getting richer and richer as the poor student keeps making those monthly payments.
    actually, tcn was over $1000 cheaper then doing the courses through our local community college, and i was able to go straight for my bsn rather than waste time getting an associates. sorry you didn't do the same!
  3. by   lholland
    I would like to say the one good thing TCN did for me was to give me the worksheet for LPN-BSN so now I know what I will need in regards to pre-reqs. But they listed next to those where I could get them (clep, dantes, exclesior, etc) so why would I use TCN when I could go and do all of this myself without them as a middle man charging me $$$? The only benefit, that I see, in using TCN is that you don't have to go search out study guides to pass the tests. But I have seen through AN that many needed additional study guides as well, TCN wasn't enough to pass. When I met with the rep, I asked him, point blank, why I needed them and it seemed to me it was simply convenience. They pulled all of it together for you. My feeling is that if you are computer literate at all, you can definitely do it without TCN. The only issue that I foresee with ISU is the 4 CSM's that even ISU tells you you should get from TCN. But I think there is probably a way around that as well since they are partnered and they have a reason to tell you to use TCN.

    Bottom line, I don't feel that using TCN is a crime and it doesn't make anyone stupid. But if you just put a little legwork in, you don't need to pay them the extra money.

    I'm all for making it easier on myself but I don't have an extra $5000 - $7000 to spend when I can accomplish this on my own.
  4. by   txspadequeenRN
    ok then explain..break this down for me.



    Quote from papillonkisses
    actually, tcn was over $1000 cheaper then doing the courses through our local community college, and i was able to go straight for my bsn rather than waste time getting an associates. sorry you didn't do the same!
  5. by   MeganMLPN
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    ok then explain..break this down for me.

    see, this is what happens when people don't the whole thread.

    you are more then welcome to go back through the previous posts to see how tcn is allowing me to obtain my bsn but i'm not going to waste time explaining it again.

    and as for the cost, it's just over $8000 to get your rn associates degree at our local community college, why would i get my associates when i can spend less $$ and time to get into isu and get my bsn? that doesn't make any sense. so while the rn's at our local comm. college are finishing their pre-req's for acceptance into the a.s. program, and then while they wait one year after that for their actual start date, i'll be half way through my bsn. and once i get acceptance to isu i'll pay the amount for obtaining my bsn and we'll be all set. so, less $$ to complete pre-req's and get into isu, therefore less $$ to get my associates (which is a waste because i'm getting my bsn) and get my bsn. make sense?
  6. by   txspadequeenRN
    lol, your so hostile... i don't see anywhere in your post where you have broke down your cost that leads you to believe that tcn is cheaper than any of the other options out there. i have read the whole thread as a matter of fact i was involved with this thread long before you ever started nursing school...
    Last edit by txspadequeenRN on Apr 24, '08
  7. by   rescuegroomer
    It ALSO doesn't make any sense to spend the extra amount on ISU that you are spending when you didn't have to. I think it will work for you...never said it wouldn't. But for people who have not yet signed through TCN....YAAAAYYYYY!! Now they can research and see how much more they are spending when they go this route. It is so deceptive. YES.. Part of doing research is asking questions...and it is a FACT that my friend got in dept because of these over priced study guides. Go to the search bar up top and type in The College Network. There are dozens of people on this forum who have an opinion about it. (Based on THEIR facts of THEIR situation) Go to Ripoffreport.com, go to Ebay and look around. ANd OF COURSE ISU is going to recommend anyone who lines their pockets. Don't think they don't get a cut if they are "partners". Seems as many people that have gotten screwed by the college network...EC is right NOT to endorse them. It's the whole "Contract" thing that is impossible to get out of that I think is unethical. What if you have a change in your life that prevented you from finishing via TCN. You can't even send the stuff back or end the contract. What kinda crap is that? Why not do a pay as you go type of program if you MUST have study guides. If there is a cheaper way to obtain these "must Haves" then I see nothing wrong with informing people who may not know. Oh...you can get them all at once..yes. BUT...if someone offered you $5,000.oo to shop for them seprately and for cheaper you would do it. It's not like you need them all at once anyway. Wait a day and it pops up on Ebay or craigslist. It's NOT worth the cash you paid to save a little time getting them all at once. That's foolish. I understand your desire to defend them since you went this route...but I am saying you didn't have to...and you shouldn't encourage others to when there ARE cheaper ways that don't leave you with 5,000.oo worth of regret.
    Last edit by rescuegroomer on Apr 24, '08
  8. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from Papillonkisses
    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.
    You want to get that finger out of my face, please?

    And do not dare accuse me of discouraging others from continuing on with their educations. I have done quite the opposite here.
  9. by   rescuegroomer
    Something else I noticed....

    If you do a google search for Indiana State University..at the very top of the page in the "special" bought ads section there is a link to ISU. If you click it...low and behold a college network/ISU site comes up. Now go back to the search page and if you look on down the list of results..another Indiana State University link is listed. Click on it and it is the school's actual website. Surf through it and NO WHERE is TCN mentioned. NO WHERE!! Not in their A-Z's...not in their distance learning. NO WHERE. I would think if they were truely partners...The College Network would be listed on the ACTUAL ISU site. I'll bet you anything the number anyone has through TCN for ISU is a college network number. NOT the actual school. Look on the schools website and call THEM. Not the nmber TCN gives you. I may be on a conspiracy theory here...but it seems like something fun to possibly investigate. I could be wrong... But I thought it was super extra skanky of TCN to place a bought ad at the top of the search engine's list...making it look like an ISU link......
  10. by   txspadequeenRN
    you know your right and it did not used to be this way. last year i went back through and reviewed the required courses and you clicked a link and it took you to a information page by tcn. now you cant find them anywhere..ain't that funny...if isu is still affiliated with tcn they don't want anyone to know...


    Quote from rescuegroomer
    something else i noticed....

    if you do a google search for indiana state university..at the very top of the page in the "special" bought ads section there is a link to isu. if you click it...low and behold a college network/isu site comes up. now go back to the search page and if you look on down the list of results..another indiana state university link is listed. click on it and it is the school's actual website. surf through it and no where is tcn mentioned. no where!! not in their a-z's...not in their distance learning. no where. i would think if they were truely partners...the college network would be listed on the actual isu site. i'll bet you anything the number anyone has through tcn for isu is a college network number. not the actual school. look on the schools website and call them. not the nmber tcn gives you. i may be on a conspiracy theory here...but it seems like something fun to possibly investigate. i could be wrong... but i thought it was super extra skanky of tcn to place a bought ad at the top of the search engine's list...making it look like an isu link......
  11. by   lholland
    Quote from txspadequeen921
    you know your right and it did not used to be this way. last year i went back through and reviewed the required courses and you clicked a link and it took you to a information page by tcn. now you cant find them anywhere..ain't that funny...if isu is still affiliated with tcn they don't want anyone to know...
    given the circumstances, wouldn't you be a little concerned about an affiliation with tcn? maybe they realized that it might be a problem. lol
  12. by   rescuegroomer
    Hey Ya'll!! Amazon has TCN. LOTS of them!!

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw...k%22&x=15&y=15
  13. by   nurse_lsm
    can anyone tell me is it any easier to take one of these programs vs. going to rn school? i was in the rn program but had to drop out. my pre-reqs were very good, but i just couldn't cut the mustard in rn school with 3 kids and working!! still sad over this. i would have graduated in 8 days.

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