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- by Swayrift84 Aug 2, '12I am thinking about joining the college network who is affiliated with excelsior college, but I am getting mixed reviews and would appreciate opinions??
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- Aug 2, '12 by AliakeyAs far as Excelsior College is concerned, there is no affiliation (that I know of). I know College Network makes it sound like they're buddy-buddies, but that is not the true case.
My opinion (other opinions may differ): It is VERY good you asked for opinions before signing on the dotted line with College Network. It's even better to spin around three times, hop on the left foot once, and spit on the ground to scare away those contractual temptations and instead, stay away from that money-grubbin' business altogether! Not that it seems like I have an opinion, right??? . Anyway, I did some looking into College Network almost 2 years ago when I started this adventure, and am glad I did not sign up with them. Others may find them useful.
You can do Excelsior without any College Network involvement, and you should save time and money in the process by doing so. Just make sure you are motivated and disciplined enough to study on your own using Excelsior's recommended resources.
Hope it helps!
- Aug 2, '12 by nursemami4They are not affiliated with excelsior, an advisor can also answer that. It costs a lot I extra money that you do not need I spend to pass/complete the program. There is study guides you can download for free from excelsiors site for each exam and there are recommended text books (again recommended but not required. Although useful to get med surg and fundamentals from like eBay or amazon) there is a sure called my study group 101 and you can download each exam study guide/info for 9.99 each. Others use Saunders NCLEX-RN to help and of course the practice tests from excelsior that are 75each is def a huge help for each exam. I would not pay for college network, my opinion, save your money and use what excelsior recommends. Hope that helps! Good luck and always come to this site for support and guidance. Search trough old treads to get more info.
- Aug 2, '12 by nursemami4Ooops, sorry for the typos in my previous post. On my iPhone and typed quick without reviewing!
- Aug 2, '12 by JustBeachyNurseexcelsior and the college network are not affiliated.
from the excelsior college website (excelsior college | program details)
"notice to all students taking excelsior college® examinations in response to numerous inquiries from students, excelsior college wants to clarify that it is in no way associated with the college network (tcn) its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, or partners. excelsior does not promote, endorse, or approve tcn's products or services. excelsior college provides its students with all of the resources and support necessary to successfully complete its degree programs, especially the associate degree in nursing. for assistance or further information, please contact an excelsior college advisor at 888-647-2388."
- Aug 3, '12 by buckshotDON'T DO IT!
- Aug 3, '12 by monalisa lpnDon't do it i signed my life away two years old to college network and I'm still in debt needless to say just use the practice exams and the required textbooks and you should be fine . A nursing career could get pricey don't waste it on material that wont help you
- Aug 3, '12 by ozonezgrlI'm one of the college network victims. They made it sound like they are affiliated with Excelsior when they actually are just a book publisher: a very expensive one (i'm paying about $212/month for 5 years) . Though their books are great(i made all As and Bs so far and i only have LS2 and LS3 left), it's probably more worth it if you just buy recommended books by Excelsior.
I was young and eager to become an RN, so I fell for them. They sent a rep to my place, I had his personal phone number thinking that if anything i could always contact him..... (after I got a clue about what TCN really is, he stopped answering my calls)
The rep told me all about how TCN would assist me in every step throughout the program which I thought I would need since I don't like to get on the computer too much, and i was still confused about how to contact the school if they are not physically here. Well, that wasn't true at all. I had to do everything by myself. All TCN could do to help was answering the phone. They can't even contact Excelsior in regards of me when they claimed that they are affiliated with Excelsior.
bottom line, don't go for them. They are just taking advantage of Excelsior nursing students.
- Aug 3, '12 by kaf123Don't do it. They came to my school to talk about it. That day we were having a Nclex review day with somebody sent from Nclex.. She strongly disapproved it because they brag about affiliations they don't really have. And she told us that few schools will accept your degree if you are planning on doing the BSN.. She said a lot more about that and showed us proof and legislation about the same which were really different from what the representative from College Network talked about. So DONT DO IT!
- Aug 8, '12 by alicia3825I totally agree! I wish I would have done more research but was pressured by my work to get in a program and so I signed up with Rue which is similar to college network and I regret it!!! I owe them $5000 and that's on top of the money that goes to excelsior directly!!! I am currently just doing excelsior and have found their material much better as well!! Good luck and ur smart to look into it before signing! I wish I had!!!!