Indiana State University LPN-BSN, Recommended or not?? - page 3

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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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    Hi Cindarent, what books did you use in place of TCN guides. I have an appointment with a TCN rep next Wednesday and don't want to sign up with them if I can find the books elsewhere. Also I have about 10 classes already done, I only need to Clep out of two clases and take the 4 entrance exams before I start phase 2. Do you think that there were alot of hoops to jump through to get started with this program? I would like to start this coming fall
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    i heard its expensive
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    Quote from saskenn
    Hi Cindarent, what books did you use in place of TCN guides. I have an appointment with a TCN rep next Wednesday and don't want to sign up with them if I can find the books elsewhere. Also I have about 10 classes already done, I only need to Clep out of two clases and take the 4 entrance exams before I start phase 2. Do you think that there were alot of hoops to jump through to get started with this program? I would like to start this coming fall
    Good for you! It sounds like you are really on your way.
    I started to read Therapeutic Communication to study for the Mental Health exam but then got the TCN study guides instead. PM me or email me at cindarent@roadrunner.com to discuss materials.
    When I first saw all the requirements for ISU it seemed overwhelming. I was still in LVN school but started working on the requirements one by one (lots of summer classes). I was most worried about how hard the challenge exams would be, but I found the TCN guides a great way to prepare. I took the practice tests until I got 100%. Then I took the exams and got A's on both.
    You have to be very self motivated to do an online program, that's for sure- it is just you responsible for you.
    I definitely had to be proactive to make sure I had everything in the works like sending in my high school transcript to get foreign language credit and sending over course descriptions to ISU to make sure they would transfer etc.
    To me, the advantages of an online program far outweigh any extra work involved. No more driving to theory 2-3 days per week, no more boring lectures. Now I can study when it works best for my family and be in my own home- hurray!
    Any nursing program has a lot of hoops and paperwork, you just have to make sure the program is right for you and your life
    right now.
    My goal is to be a teacher one day, so this program is very important to fulfill that dream.
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    Cindarent:
    Sounds like you are doing great! very encouraging! Can you tell me how long it will take, or you think it will take for you to complete the actual nursing portion of the program? I have heard that it is self paced? Do you believe this to be true, or have I been misinformed? I would love to hear any insight you may have to offer!

    RainCityNurse
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    Thanks so much for that info. it really helped. I'm recently new PN grad and was considering using the college network. Also had concerns about getting preceptor/ clinical site. One question , is the course based on your on pace?
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    Quote from raincitynurse
    Cindarent:
    Sounds like you are doing great! very encouraging! Can you tell me how long it will take, or you think it will take for you to complete the actual nursing portion of the program? I have heard that it is self paced? Do you believe this to be true, or have I been misinformed? I would love to hear any insight you may have to offer!

    RainCityNurse
    Raincitynurse,
    I program normally takes 3 years (6 semesters of Fall/Spring) but some states may allow you to take 2 clinical courses or 2 theory courses during 1 semester which could sped it up. In Ca the nursing board only allows 1 clinical course per semester, so you can't speed it up. It is possible some courses may be available during summers. It would be nice to hear from others who have completed the program who may have finished earlier and how they did it.
    Good luck!
    Cinda
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    Quote from seasons
    Thanks so much for that info. it really helped. I'm recently new PN grad and was considering using the college network. Also had concerns about getting preceptor/ clinical site. One question , is the course based on your on pace?
    Seasons,
    The course is set up to be 6 semesters or 3 years. You could take longer I'm sure. The part that is self paced is doing the prereqs and 4 challenge exams, as well as the Teas exam.
    The school is supposed to help set up a preceptor and site. You may have to do some footwork if you are in a remote area that has no sites previously used by ISU. I think it varies in difficulty depending on what state you are in and distance of acceptable clinical sites. I spoke with the coordinator from Ca and she said there are currently 100 students in the program and that everyone was placed without a problem. The best thing to do is contact the state coordinator for your state and get an idea of which facilities have been used before and might be an option.
    There are ways to get through the program without using The College Network too. Read all the ISU threads and you will get a lot of info. You can PM or email me if you gave further questions. cindarent@gmail.com
    Good luck!
    Cinda
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    Hi there everyone, I am a LPN with an associate degree with almost every nursing prereq out there done. I just need advice and suggestions on either to go to Excelsior college or Indiana State University. Does anyone know how long it will take me in either colleges since I have an AA degree with all my prereqs out of the way. Please some one help.Thank you.
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    Quote from lizzyreg
    Hi there everyone, I am a LPN with an associate degree with almost every nursing prereq out there done. I just need advice and suggestions on either to go to Excelsior college or Indiana State University. Does anyone know how long it will take me in either colleges since I have an AA degree with all my prereqs out of the way. Please some one help.Thank you.
    Information about ISU at http://www.indstate.edu/lpn-bs/ List of all course work required at http://www.indstate.edu/bacc-comp-ns...eet-lpn-bs.pdf
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    Quote from chaxanmom
    That is not true that they do nothing to help with clinical sites. You decide where you want to go and they arrange the contract. Look, it's a school with students all over the country. Do people honestly expect them to set up thousands of contract all over the country *just in case* a student MIGHT go there someday? That's silly. You HAVE to be proactive in a distance program. That's just part of the gig. I completely understand wanting to ensure a site before forking over the money. That makes sense. However, I'm really not sure what people are expecting from ISU in this regard. My experience has been that they are remarkably helpful in arranging the contracts and very very open from the get-go about it being your responsibility to have a site that will take you. If you live somewhere where the hospitals don't want you, what specifically are you expecting ISU to do about that? Know what I mean? I get the impression from some posts that some are saying ISU is somehow neglectful or unhelpful if you are unable to find a site and I'm not sure what the expectation is.

    True, I was told for GA the preceptor site is a hospital in Marietta GA, 30 minutes north of Atlanta.


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