Are the lpn to bsn programs scams?

  1. At school we had the whole job fair deal and they had one table with a lpn to bsn program. The guy was nice and informative but than later I was told it was a scam that these programs do no exist and are not recognized. I do not understand why the school would allow them to come if it wasn't real but I just want to ask everyone else what they think. Is this true?
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  3. by   Lame
    Yes, there are SOME programs that are scams. However, any type of nursing program can be a scam, not just LPN-BSN. I'm sure that your school would not have let a LPN-BSN program come if they were a scam... You can do some research on the school and look up their accreditation if you're still wary.
  4. by   JustBeachyNurse
    I'm betting it was a rep from the publishing company called the college network. Do a site search here on and/or on Google to see opinions of others who have experience.

    There is a legitimate distance LPN to BSN program at Indiana State University and a few physical schools across the country. The issue is that most LPN programs are vocational in nature not collegiate so few if any of the coursework is transferred to a BSN program.
  5. by   TheCommuter
    There are multiple legitimate LPN-to-BSN programs across the US: Indiana State, University of Oklahoma, Tarleton State, and many others.

    As the previous poster mentioned, some publishing companies falsely represent themselves as legitimate LPN-to-BSN programs. The publishing companies are the ones with whom you need to exercise caution to avoid becoming disappointed.
  6. by   Jasel
    I have read quite a few horror stories about The College Network. It really does sound like a scam.
  7. by   ArrowRN
    I always say...choose a public school
  8. by   NRSdede
    You can call the nurses bored and ask what schools are legit..
  9. by   HeatherMax
    Some are, I was told on Friday that the hospital I was shadowing in doesn't recognize the LPN to BSN from Excelsior college. Best bet is to go through a local college, or do a lot of research by calling the places you may want to work in the future and ask.
  10. by   JustBeachyNurse
    FYI--Excelsior does not offer an LPN to BSN program.
  11. by   HeatherMax
    My mistake, your right she said RN-BSN.
  12. by   HeatherMax
    She also said avoid Indiana State University online LPN-BSN, that the hospital won't recognize that either.
  13. by   k.willow
    It depends on what state you are licensed in if ISU is accepted. Some states do allow licensing with their program and some don't. You should check with the board of nursing for the state you want your license in to see if the school you are wanting to attend is on their list of accepted schools. Always do your research and go to the source. Indiana State has a good program for some and it's not right for others. Go to the school's website, not through another company. The College Network is a scam and a half (speaking from experience).
  14. by   JustBeachyNurse
    That's interesting as both schools are fully accredited by NLNAC.
    From Excelsior "The Excelsior College School of Nursing was designated a 2011-2016 NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). Our nursing degree programs are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC)"

    The Indiana State University BSN programs have been NLNAC accredited continuously since 1969 (over 40 years)

    There are many state schools that are not NLNAC accredited. NLNAC is a highly respected academic accreditation. Granted both programs are not accepted for initial licensure in all states due to various state and BoN regulations.

    Then again not all traditional brick-and-mortar, state BoN approved schools are accepted in every state. For example programs in many schools in the US are perfectly acceptable for initial licensure in their home state and thus appropriately approved by the Board of Nursing. But may not be accepted for endorsement or initial licensure by other states. Georgia comes to mind as one as they require more clinical hours than many other states, so someone who graduated from a school in say, PA with an AAS or direct BSN with 1000 hours (arbitrary number) of clinical experience may be required to secure additional experience before being granted a license in GA because the BoN requires a minimum of 1400 clinical hours (again random, arbitrary number)