Acceptance of online BSN (from ADN) degree by employers... - page 3

the thread dealing w/online adn to bsn degree really peaks my interest. i do very well in self paced courses; took everyone that was available to get out of classroom time for my nursing pre-reqs! ... Read More

  1. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    I just talked to Jacksonville University this morning about there RN-BSN online program. I have talked with University of Pheonix and Univeristy Of Maryland as well. I reside in Maryland and have 137 credits, two associate degrees. I want to go with University of Maryland's online program, but they want me to take one other class and that will hold me up because the class does not start until Jan 2005. Could you tell me how the online program works at Jacksonville, how do you like and would you recommend it? Is it accredited with the NLNAC?
    Thanks for your help!
    Evelyn
  2. by   NeuroICURN
    Evelyn...check into other schools. I am attending WVUs RN to BSN program and it is all online. WVU has a VERY good nursing school and is well known for it's health science degrees.
  3. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Quote from NeuroICURN
    Evelyn...check into other schools. I am attending WVUs RN to BSN program and it is all online. WVU has a VERY good nursing school and is well known for it's health science degrees.
    Thanks,
    I will check it out right now!
    Evelyn
  4. by   Sheri257
    Two state universities in my area have launched ADN-BSN online programs. The head of my ADN program actually runs one of them for CC grads. Most of it's online, but they also meet on Saturdays.

    I can't speak for employers or transfer credits, but it does seem like these ADN-BSN online programs are becoming more common.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Aug 19, '04
  5. by   zacarias
    The online programs like Jacksonville and UoP sound really great but the cost seems prohibitive. I plan on a lot of graduate education so I really don't want to have huge loans out already just for the RN-BSN program. I know there's financial aid but I'm never sure they're gonna give me anything .
  6. by   purplemania
    The employer is far more interested in whether or not you have a license. So, if your degree qualifies you to sit for NCLEX, the degree is good enough.
  7. by   Tweety
    Quote from zacarias
    The online programs like Jacksonville and UoP sound really great but the cost seems prohibitive. I plan on a lot of graduate education so I really don't want to have huge loans out already just for the RN-BSN program. I know there's financial aid but I'm never sure they're gonna give me anything .

    I'm quite fortunate to be going to a local community college that has RN to BSN online. Very cheap. You might want to check colleges in your area. Also where I work we get up to $2,000 a year tuition reimbursement.

    Good luck!
  8. by   RN4NICU
    Even NLN accreditation is not an absolute necessity. Many very good graduate programs (Duke, Georgetown, Columbia) require either NLN or regional accreditation for the BSN program and they don't give a flying flip whether it was "in classroom" or online - They care about what kind of GPA you had.

    Most online RN-to-BSN programs do not have a designation of "online" on the degree anyway. Even if they did, it has not been my experience that anyone cares. These programs are designed for people who are already nurses, so there's really no reason to differentiate online from traditional classes. If anything, I've seen a trend toward MORE respect for the online RN-to-BSN because it shows determination and self-discipline.
  9. by   EvelynRN-BSN
    Can you tell me about your experience at UoP. I have been talking with an advisor there about applying. I just want to make sure I make the right decision. I have checked with Drexel, Jacksonville, and UMBC. Can you tell me how the program works for you, how the classes are run, how you are tested...and anything else you think would be of interest.
    I look forward to your reply.
    Evelyn
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Hi Evelyn - I did the UofP online BSN completion and graduated in May 04 and am now in the MSN program. It takes some degree of discipline to sit at the computer but if you take one class at a time you can expect to devote about 1-3 hours a day depending on what is due. I did double classes and completed the courses in 18 months but I have no small children and my poor husband is used to being neglected. If I can help with anything else, pm me. Take care and good luck...judi
  11. by   jaimealmostRN
    Does anyone attend Thomas Edison state college? It's based in NJ but I think anyone can go there. It's NLN accredited, but I haven't heard too much about it.
  12. by   ascnbe
    I notice there seems to be a lot of concern over the "online" thing. Many colleges now offer online courses included in the regular program. You may take several classes in person as well as one or two online during the semester. I did one that involved online classes and we came into the classroom for the mid term and the final. I don't think a lecture is much different given online or in person. In fact some classes are so large at the major universities these days that you may as well be online because the professor doesn't know who you are anyway.
    Last edit by ascnbe on Aug 20, '04 : Reason: spell correction
  13. by   KacyLynnRN
    When I get my ASN in May of next year, I am going to enroll in an online RN-BSN program, but I plan to enroll in one of the several colleges that offer all online BSN completion programs in my state. I have checked around with other online programs offered out of my state, and it will be so much cheaper for me to use an in-state university. UofP and other universities programs sound great, but they are SOOOOO expensive!! But by doing an online program, I don't think my degree would be any different than one I acquired by going to a classroom, and I do think the online classes are as hard or even harder than classes on campus.

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