Anyone did the indiana state university LPN to BSN online? Or have any info.?

  1. I'm thinking of getting my RN online and looking at doing it through excelsior college or indiana state university? Alot of people been giving advice about excelsior but does anyone know anything about indian state university and there program?
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  3. by   Just me11
    I would like to have any information on these schools. I'm a new LVN graduate.
  4. by   xLaurax
    I requested info from the today, all I really know is that they are NLN accredited and that my states BON recognizes there program....what ever kind of info I get, I'll keep you posted! Good Luck!
  5. by   caliotter3
    Both schools have websites where you can get information. If you call to ask questions of ISU, however, you will be directed to contact a College Network salesperson.
  6. by   xLaurax
    @caliotter3, I've been reading on previous threads that TCN should be avoided. Do you have experience with ISU? I'll more than likely just tell ISU that I'm not going to deal with TCN if it's not needed. I don't need a middle man, I just want to get my RN and be done with school for awhile.
  7. by   LadyinScrubs
    If you are interested in ISU, you do not need TCN. If you need prerequisites you can get them at a community college or some other accredited college. Before you can be admitted to ISU there are 4 challenge courses you must pass. You do not need to buy the TCN study guides. There are many published study guides by Lippincott that will prepare you for the test as well as reading some RN NCLEX test books (that have the rationales and review chapters). The cost of all the guides and NCLEX books (should you go that way) is a fraction of the $2000 it would cost for the TCN 4 study guide books.
  8. by   l150
    Could ladyinscrubs please post the study guides by Lippincott . Thanks
  9. by   Kgeiger1
    Hi Everyone,

    I am currently a BSN student with ISU, and I must say my experience has been great. I want too say too those who are not good at taking online classes this program is NOT for you. I am finishing up my first semester now, I took two classes LVN to RN as well as Physical Assessment class. It was alot of work, but all it takes is time management and you can get the work done.

    You must have all your pre req complete before applying to the nursing program then you must complete the 4 nursing modules as well as the ATI TEAS exam. All the information is on on the ISU Nursing web site.
  10. by   LadyinScrubs
    Quote from l150
    Could ladyinscrubs please post the study guides by Lippincott . Thanks
    You can use any good study guide. Pearson and Lippincott have coursr study guides. Go to the ISU LVN to BSN website and look at the challenge courses you must test out of. Those are the courses you will need to study for.

    I used "How to get A's in____" (fill in the course that you want to review). I also suggest getting a good RN NCLEX book that not has questions with rationale but also has a review.

    Studying the Pearson or Lippincott review books, the RN NCLEX book will prepare you for the challenge exams that must be passed before you can be tenatively entered into the program and take the Transitions class and the Assessment class.
  11. by   LadyinScrubs
    Quote from Kgeiger1
    Hi Everyone,

    I am currently a BSN student with ISU, and I must say my experience has been great. I want too say too those who are not good at taking online classes this program is NOT for you. I am finishing up my first semester now, I took two classes LVN to RN as well as Physical Assessment class. It was alot of work, but all it takes is time management and you can get the work done.

    You must have all your pre req complete before applying to the nursing program then you must complete the 4 nursing modules as well as the ATI TEAS exam. All the information is on on the ISU Nursing web site.
    Kgeiger1 and I are of the same mind. Distant learning is not for everying. It is rigorous and requires committment. You are in nursing school; just because you are in distant learning does not make the program any easier. In fact, it may be even more rigorous.

    The decision to enter into the program should not be taken lightly. You must have time to study, do all the assigned reading work, papers, and exams...every week. The program expects that you are a nurse, have previous nursing knowledge, and able to do the same work as any regular BSN student in the same class in the ISU campus.

    Welcom aboard KG1.
  12. by   woody9314
    Thanks for the input and info on ISU's LVN/LPN to BSN program. I am BSN student at ISU and am just finishing my first semester. The program is very good. As others have said, it does require a lot of self discipline and use of goof time management skills. I think the eduction is very similar, if not the exact same, as what you would receive in a 'in class' BSN program. The only flaw with the program, from my experience, is that you must maintain your LPN or LVN license while completing clinicals. When I started ISU's BSN program I was living in CA and working as a LVN. I received my LVN license through CA's military challenge option, as I was a prior Corpsman. I've recently move to WI, and found out that WI will not let me transfer my LVN license here, because I did not attend an accredited LPN/LVN program. So now, I may not be able to continue in ISU's program because I will not be able to get a WI LPN license. This seems very odd to me. If was not a LPN/LVN and applied to any BSN program as a generic entry student, I would participate in clinicals as a BSN student, not as a LPN/LVN. Very frustrating to say the least.
  13. by   deemonee
    Hello,
    Im completing the prereqs as what ISU wants but I am having difficulty trying to find a proctor for exams. Does anyone know of a proctor service that is provided in California?
    BTW, its great to hear that you are enjoying the program so far, gives me confidence that I am going in the right direction. I also had distance learning in the past and am very comfortable with it.
  14. by   caliotter3
    Quote from xLaurax
    @caliotter3, I've been reading on previous threads that TCN should be avoided. Do you have experience with ISU? I'll more than likely just tell ISU that I'm not going to deal with TCN if it's not needed. I don't need a middle man, I just want to get my RN and be done with school for awhile.
    I was interested in ISU, but when I called to talk to someone about it and have my questions answered, I was (almost rudely) referred to TCN, even when I insisted that I had no desire to deal with TCN. That made my decision for me. I haven't looked at ISU since, but I still get inundated with ISU and TCN spam email.

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