In almost every piece of correspondence I have received since I was accepted to my program (which I will be starting next month), it has been mentioned for us not to buy ANY of our 15 books used OR online or anywhere besides the school. The reasons cited are that we won't get the access codes then and it will end up costing even more to get them.
If I purchase books from a third party that are designated as "Brand New", I shouldn't have an issue right? I don't know why there are pushing it so hard. I actually had called the program director for a question on some of my paperwork before and she even mentioned not to purchase any books until after out "boot camp" nursing program orientation because we might not get the right books.
Maybe I am misunderstanding, but I have been purchasing books from elsewhere for the past two years while completing my pre-reqs and I think I am capable of getting the right books with the access codes.
Am I missing something here? What do you guys think?
Jul 16, '14
Quote from ebailey1218
My school said the same thing, that we had to buy from the book store. My textbook "kit" contained 12 textbooks that I would need for all three semesters of the program. They told us we had to buy from bookstore for a couple of reasons. Each semester each student's kit was pre purchased for them, the bookstore ordered no more and no less (so if a student bought elsewhere there was an extra kit of books the school had to deal with). Like you mentioned, the kit contained all access codes AND the CDs that came with the book (we used these in homework). When I priced out the 12 books individually the kit was not much more than purchasing the books separately, and the extra money (like $40) I justified by thinking of the time it saved me shopping around and shipping costs.
My school wanted us to buy the kit, because when they could guarantee the number of textbook kits purchased each semester, the textbook company would reciprocate and charge less for test bank, online access and teacher guides for the school - which in turn kept student fees and tuition lower.
I would wait until your boot camp, see what your professors have to say and then make a decision. Usually I see the bookstore as a blood sucking, soul stealing institution, but in the case of my nursing school, I looked at it as a way to support my program.
We get a kit with like 5ish books, but we also need 10 other books that I can clearly see are not custom books and I can see which ones come with an access code and which do not. I don't see how, using an ISBN number, I could find incorrect books on other sites and they are cheaper everywhere else. On top of that, I don't think any books in the kit are custom because the ISBN for the kit comes up on amazon, half.com, valorebooks, etc. When I had a custom lab book for Chemistry the ISBN was not searchable on any other sites.
Last edit by aspiringrn1987 on Jul 16, '14
: Reason: typo