Marian University-Online Accelerated Program - page 3
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If you're interested in pursuing this program, beware that you are going into a program that will leave you scratching your heads as to how unorganized it is. Course content in pathophysiology and nursing care for the adult... Read More
- 0Sep 18, '11 by kjj007I'm currently in the program at Marian. I quit my job in January 2011 to focus on prereqs and finishing my Masters full time. There are many people that have taken prereqs and worked full time with kids so it is possible. I took two of my science prereqs (Chem and Anatomy) through Marian Online. I took a lot of Chem undergrad but for some reason they would not accept any of them. They were not very bad online. But I took Physio and Micro at Ivy Tech and they were much harder and more time consuming but I saved a lot of money doing so. I took four of the prereqs in the Spring and six in the summer. I got all the general ed classes out of the way so I did not have to take them during the program. Both theologies and nutrition. I think this was definitely worth doing. I spend a great deal of time studying. I would say take the credit hour of the class and times it by three. and that is approximately how much time you will need to devote a week. Sometimes double that depending on the class and the time frame available. I think it will definitely be worth it and I have loved the people I have met through the program so far. They are all in the same boat.
- 0Oct 21, '11 by forgopQuote from libra1976Every credit hour within the Marian nursing program was $795 when I started and it went up after that. Take all the gen ed and electives that you can at Ivy Tech.Kjj007,
You said the prereqs you took at Ivy Tech were cheaper? What do they charge per credit hour? To my understanding Marian charges $350/credit hr for online classes.
- 0May 2, '12 by yesterdayschildI'm also planning on applying for the accelerated online BSN program at Marian for fall. (I'm going to the applications session this week).
I'm just trying to decide between Marian and waiting to try to get into IUPUI's accelerated program.
Any feedback from people in the program or that have graduated, did you feel that your online classes prepared you for clinicals and the nclex? Is there anyway to go talk to the online teachers or get help at the nursing center/lab?
- 0May 3, '12 by forgopHere's my take (and this is coming from someone who just completed the OA BSN program May 2012)-
I would only advise entering the online program if you have absolutely no way of doing it on campus. My cohort started with 23 students and a year later, the cohorts tripled in size. In my experience, the online instructors did a poor job of putting together course material and grading in a timely fashion for 23 students, let alone when trying to put 72 students into the program each term now.
I can't speak for the quality of IUPUI's program, but if you can boast a 3.8+ GPA for the pre-reqs, I would try for that first. It's roughly half the price, so that's the huge perk there. I can't help but think the IU Health network offers a lot more space for clinicals compared to St. Vincent Hospital. When I started at Marian, all you had to have was the minimum of a 2.8+ GPA to get in because they wanted bodies in the program. Now that they're filling the cohorts, I don't know how much that cutoff has gone up or not.
Most of the instructors were not the creators of the course content (powerpoint presentations/audios/etc-if there were any), so most of what they did provided absolutely no value to the class. You could certainly email the instructors if you had difficulty with the material, but whether they bothered to respond, and if so, whether it actually facilitated any learning, is an entirely different story.
Nursing school is what you put into it and if you're completely independent upon facilitating your learning experience, go for it. However, if you are the type of person that wants to ask questions along the way to help you get it, this is not the program for you. The online program is still a better choice than the Ivy Tech's, MedTech's, Harrison, Fortis, and all of these other no-name programs out there. (If you don't believe me, look at all of the RN jobs now requiring BSN or stating from an accredited school. There are plenty of Ivy Tech ASN from the Dec. 2011 class who are still looking for full-time RN jobs). But in terms of the value of what you get for $50k (online vs on-campus), I think the on-campus will provide you a much better learning experience.
I won't even get into how much of pain it was to get clinical schedules finished before the class began for my class size, let alone when they're scheduling 72 students.
- 0May 3, '12 by forgopQuote from BidishaNo idea how competitive it is now with the cohorts being full, but when I started in Jan 2011, it was the minimum 2.8 GPA. If it's not full, they'll take you. They have no problem accepting you, taking your money, and allowing you to flunk out. The program is evaluated on NCLEX first pass rate, not how many start and flunk out.I am also looking into Marian's online ABSN for St. Vincent Health. My question how competitive is it to get into the program? In other words, I don't have straight A's on my pre-reqs, so do they expect their students to straight As when it comes to pre-req grades?