Indiana State University LPN-BSN, Recommended or not?? - page 2

by carrie42

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Can we please chime in as to whether indiana state is offering a viable program for LPNs to BSNs? How about responses from current students?... Read More


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    A friend of mine is doing the ISU lpn to rn and she was told she could do all the prereqs and undergrad credits through Ivy Tech which are all online! might be another option other than using TCN
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    Sounds like a HUGE hassle for an undergrad degree. If I am forking over lots of $$$ to a school I expect them to arrange clinicals and tell me where/when to report like Excelsior did for me with my CPNE. They know where I live once I register so they have plenty of time to make it happen. For Advanced practice it makes more sense because you should be an established member of your local medical community already and networking will be germain to your success after you graduate.
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    I have 2 more semesters at ISU and have not had any problems finding a clinical site or preceptor. I did locate the facility but ISU did all the paperwork & negotiating for the contract. I was also given names of facilities that other students had used in prior semesters. I would have to disagree that ISU does nothing to help you find a clinical site/preceptor.
    ISU may cost more from Excelsior, but some states do not accept Excelsior because they do not have clinicals. My total cost will be around $23,000 including clinical fees, tuition, & testing fees. However, I will have a BSN when I have finished and this is completely worth it. My cousin just paid a private school close to $62,000 and all she has is a RN and cannot transfer any of her classes to a university to receive a BSN she must continue and this overpriced school!!!!
    ISU's distance program is definitely not for everyone!! If it was that easy then everyone could do it and that would not be good for the patients were are caring for.
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    Hello...Im a new LVN grad and am looking into different options to obtain my BSN. I have the choice of continuing at my community college to get my ADN by next December, work as an RN and then go to University of Phoenix for my BSN which is like $25,000 or going straight through Indiana State University while working as an LVN...not sure which would work better...dont have any kids and I do like the classroom but then again I'm still not sure which would be a better option....help please... :-)
    Last edit by lmoreno on Aug 21, '10 : Reason: misspellings
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    Hi sparkle, can you pleas tell me a little bit abou it. I just stat phase one. How long it tooku to come this long? How many classes can u take per sem when u start phase 3? Pls I need help.
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    Quote from RiversideCA-LVN
    I have 2 more semesters at ISU and have not had any problems finding a clinical site or preceptor. I did locate the facility but ISU did all the paperwork & negotiating for the contract. I was also given names of facilities that other students had used in prior semesters. I would have to disagree that ISU does nothing to help you find a clinical site/preceptor.
    ISU may cost more from Excelsior, but some states do not accept Excelsior because they do not have clinicals. My total cost will be around $23,000 including clinical fees, tuition, & testing fees. However, I will have a BSN when I have finished and this is completely worth it. My cousin just paid a private school close to $62,000 and all she has is a RN and cannot transfer any of her classes to a university to receive a BSN she must continue and this overpriced school!!!!
    ISU's distance program is definitely not for everyone!! If it was that easy then everyone could do it and that would not be good for the patients were are caring for.
    how long it will take before you graduate with a bsn
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    Hi Tasha, I googled ivy tech and there's Alot of school under that name do u have anymore info??
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    Hi,

    I am interested in the LVN-BSN program through ISU but want to know if anyone around my area is on this program. I am in northern California, in San Joaquin County. Just want to make sure that this program is legitimate and if it is not hard to find clinical sites. I have read some previous posts that they are having a hard time finding a hospital to do their clinical. I just want to make sure that I will not have a problem with that once I need to start clinicals.
    Any information will be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote from janelles
    Di you go through the College Network? How much did the program cost you? Is ISU a seperate cost? Are clinicals extra?
    The tuition is listed on ISU's website. It ends up being about $13,000 with all the fees. Clinicals are $500 each and total another $3,000. So about $16,000 without College Network materials or testing fees included. That would add on another $4-5,000. You can use financial aid to pay for ISU tuition only- such as Pell Grants, Cal Grants, or scholarships. Whatever the balance is you can also get a Stafford loan.
    A local hospital where I did clinicals gave me a scholarship which will cover almost the entire amount of the challenge exam fees (about $1,000).
    One way to keep costs down is to do the prereqs at a community college instead. In CA I get a tuition waiver and so all I have had to pay for is my books while attending LVN school and doing all my prereqs the past 2 years.
    The TCN materials are helpful to prepare for the exams but you can find them used instead like I did. It is definitely a more focused way to study than buying and reading a lot of books covering each subject.
    I used them to study for 2 weeks for the first 2 challenge exams and got A's in both.
    Good luck!
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    I signed up with this program thru the college network( I don't like them) 2 years ago but I live in Illinois where you not only have to set up your own clinicials but find your own MSN prepared nurse to precept you also. I don't know anyone who is going to volunteer there time to me like that for some many clinical hours needed to complete this program. I decided that program was not for me and decided to do EC's ADN program and get licensed in Indiana ( I live right across the street from the indiana state line) and work there for 2 years and endorse back to Illlinois . ISU's program was not for me because in Illinois there are a lot of things you have to go through with this particular program. Good luck


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