I am in need of some guidance from someone who is either enrolled or who recently graduated from Excelsior College. I just graduated from my LPN program in New Jersey and have not yet even taken my NCLEX, however I am already eager and ready to start an LPN-RN Bridge program. I was looking into my local community college, but you have to work for at least 6 months and I have prereqs to take. Yesterday, a rep from The College Network came and explained their program and Excelsior-but after doing some online research, it seems that a lot of people are unhappy with TCN. I've seen some posts from this forum about TCN and Excelsior, but they were from 06. I just need to know if TCN's materials are helpful, and if they are really the monsters that everyone says they are. (Difficult to deal with, unexplained charges, and if you cancel you have to pay regardless). Is it better to go directly to Excelsior? The way that the TCN rep explained excelsior is that they overwhelm students with materials and TCN takes the list of books and narrows it down which guarantees that students will pass the exams. I like the flexibility of this style of learning-but not if I'm going to be scammed! If anyone has any good info, please help!
It is a good thing that you came here to research before you signed on with TCN! Excelsior is in no way affiliated with TCN and they posted that on their website. Excelsior's content guide states that all material and information needed for each is exam is provided. I met with College Network too and I am SO SO SO SO relieved that I did not sign on with them. Some people who are going through TCN say it is great and everything, but you can get the same type of material through studygroup101, the recommended textbooks, content guides, AND *Excelsior Practice Exams* < - - VERY HELPFUL!!! I actually was thinking about posting a thread in hopes that people would see it before considering TCN.
Another thing to consider is that if you sign on with TCN and there are any changes in the program through Excelsior, you will not find that information through TCN and any contract that you sign through TCN might not include any changes that occur in the program, and we all know nursing programs are in a constant state of change!
Simply put, DO NOT sign a contract with TCN, Excelsior gives you plenty of resources all in itself.
Last edit by buckshot on Jul 17, '12
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