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I have an appointment with College Network Rep. this week. I was wondering if anybody has graduated from the program. I am an LPN trying to get my RN. If anybody has any information I would... Read More

  1. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from nursepanther
    I have an appointment with College Network Rep. this week. I was wondering if anybody has graduated from the program. I am an LPN trying to get my RN. If anybody has any information I would greatly appreciate it.
    This is where I got the best information and most support, I credit them with being able to finish and passing and it's totally free! Make sure to check out the files and links.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rnstudygroup/

    You can download the "free" study guides from www.excelsior.edu.

    Good Luck!
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Feb 25, '07 : Reason: Spelling
  2. by   laizure
    Thanks for the tip of study guides at excelsior. Can you tell me where they are on the website?
  3. by   caliotter3
    laizure: They are on: Excelsior College Publications Request under Excelsior
    College Examinations section. You click on Download rather than request by mail. While you are on the pub request page, load plenty of paper, and download a copy of the nursing school catalog. Then you will have a complete guide to all the rules that you can refer to as you need it. You can get to this page by clicking on the area at the left side of the opening page of the nursing dept. that says examinations.
  4. by   CLH87
    To Critter1972:

    Thank you for all of your great information. It helps to have someone who is actually doing the program give advice.

    And because of being burned by my current school, I decided to do some research. And for anyone wanting to know, this is what I found out:

    I currently work for a big hospital corporation in our city, and talked with the tuition reimbursement representative, who praised The College Network's program advisor I have been talking with. They are very comfortable with this program advisor and his wife; nothing but good things to day about them; even said that they were 'good people' (which in today's world, means a lot). They are also very comfortable with The College Network and Excelsior college, as well as a few other long distance programs. They haven't heard of any bad experiences dealing with either company; they have heard of people not following through with what they need to do as a student.

    I checked with the Better Business Bureau. No complaints against Excelsior. There were 3 complaints agains The College Network, BUT The College Network tried to fix those problems, with no response from the people who filed a complaint. The College Network's attempts to fix those problems were to the satisfaction of the Better Business Bureau (they felt The College Network went above what it had to do to fix the complaints, but no response from the people who filed the complaint), and I actually talked with a person from the BBB.

    I checked with our State Board of Nursing, and they recognize Excelsior. I will be able to sit for boards with no problem.

    I have done some serious research on the internet, and for the most part, not many bad reviews. I know that there are some, and I didn't expect anything otherwise.

    I spoke with a few people (friends of friends type thing) who have done both The College Network and Excelsior and they have done well. Passed Boards and all; some are even working on their BSN right now. A couple of them didn't pass the clinicals the first time, but they said that it was their own faults. They thought that their experience would help them, but they said it only hurt them. They didn't prepare as well as they should have and said that they were used to taking 'short-cuts' because of work. But they passed the second time.

    So, all in all, I'm going to sign up with The College Network and Excelsior. And many of my fellow students are leaving the school we were attending and will probably do the same. It will be great to have a pretty big study group to get us all through this.

    So, Critter1972, thank you for all of your great information, and I hope this will help someone else make a decision. Like Critter1972 said, this isn't for everyone...my fellow students and I have been in an online program for over a year (with a bad school) so we're used to doing things on our own. It will help to have so many of us working together.

    Good Luck to everyone!
  5. by   laizure
    Well, sounds like a great match for you. Good luck with it! For some it is a perfect fit.

    While I got the latest editions of the college network off of EBAY for $20 - $50 a book, I saved a huge amount of money. Being an adult all around, I am able to stay focused with my schooling and passing the first time is not a problem. very happy being cheap, I will take all that money I saved and perhaps:

    1 - Go on vacation
    2 - Pay off another bill
    3 - Buy that special thing for my kids
    4 - Tell my wife I love her with somthing special :icon_hug:
    5 - Go out and do something fun

    all the while I will stay:

    1- Out of dept
    2- No crazy interest
    3- No contract :bowingpur
    4 -Be the same RN you will be

    and in return I will have

    1 - The same content from the college network you had
    2 - $4000 more dollars in my pocket
    3 - Really happy I will do the monkey dance
  6. by   caliotter3
    Personally, since I have been warned, there are plenty of other things I can spend $4000 on, including housing, food, medical care, travel expenses. The list goes on and on.
  7. by   kakalika
    Quote from laizure
    Well, sounds like a great match for you. Good luck with it! For some it is a perfect fit.

    While I got the latest editions of the college network off of EBAY for $20 - $50 a book, I saved a huge amount of money. Being an adult all around, I am able to stay focused with my schooling and passing the first time is not a problem. very happy being cheap, I will take all that money I saved and perhaps:

    1 - Go on vacation
    2 - Pay off another bill
    3 - Buy that special thing for my kids
    4 - Tell my wife I love her with somthing special :icon_hug:
    5 - Go out and do something fun

    all the while I will stay:

    1- Out of dept
    2- No crazy interest
    3- No contract :bowingpur
    4 -Be the same RN you will be

    and in return I will have

    1 - The same content from the college network you had
    2 - $4000 more dollars in my pocket
    3 - Really happy I will do the monkey dance
    I hear you, this has got to be the best way to do it. I have already purchased 2 study guides of ebay. :wink2:
  8. by   Queenietoo
    I'm glad to come across this forum. I am considering College Network. For some of us, the most important consideration is not money, it's convience and being able to pass the courses. I'm sure you can get the books off ebay much cheaper, but some of us do not enjoy nor have the time for all that ebay shopping, and jumping from website to website for support. My only concern is that they are legitimate and their material is indeed what they claim, a condensed version of what you need to know.
  9. by   MERCEDES674
    I signed up for the college network in Dec 2006. At the time it sounded good. Now that I look at the price of all of those books it's way too expensive. I have been trying to cancel this contract but I am getting no where. Did you have any luck?
  10. by   critter1972
    The contract that you signed...can't be cancelled. Do you still have a copy of your contract? Read it.....i have mine and i made sure to read it completely before i signed it. There's a 3 days cancellation period.

    It's like buying a car, buying a home, or signing up for regular courses....if you start classes on campus, or buy a home, or buy a car...you can't just expect to stop paying for them six months later. You signed a legal and binding contract. My fiancee is an Accountant and he read the forms too... Well, you can stop making the payments, but your credit will get hit. Is is really worth it?

    Like I, as well as many others have stated....this is a good program for some people. you get out of it what you put into it. just bite the bullet, use the study guides that you purchased and get through this. So, you bought new study materials....so what? Aren't you using the academic support and the website to talk to other students in the program?

    You have to look at the outcome of this....you will become an RN and make $10,000-$20,000 more a year. I bet when this is done and over with...you won't be complaining then....

    So, refer people into the TCN program/Excelsior...for each person that you refer and they start, you get a $250 referral bonus. After 6 referrals, TCN pays off your loan.....it's true....i did it. Now, i have 7 other people doing this and we have our own study sessions together.

    good luck and just focus....you'll get this done.
  11. by   Kai2007
    Quote from critter1972
    The contract that you signed...can't be cancelled. Do you still have a copy of your contract? Read it.....i have mine and i made sure to read it completely before i signed it. There's a 3 days cancellation period.

    It's like buying a car, buying a home, or signing up for regular courses....if you start classes on campus, or buy a home, or buy a car...you can't just expect to stop paying for them six months later. You signed a legal and binding contract. My fiancee is an Accountant and he read the forms too... Well, you can stop making the payments, but your credit will get hit. Is is really worth it?

    Like I, as well as many others have stated....this is a good program for some people. you get out of it what you put into it. just bite the bullet, use the study guides that you purchased and get through this. So, you bought new study materials....so what? Aren't you using the academic support and the website to talk to other students in the program?

    You have to look at the outcome of this....you will become an RN and make $10,000-$20,000 more a year. I bet when this is done and over with...you won't be complaining then....

    So, refer people into the TCN program/Excelsior...for each person that you refer and they start, you get a $250 referral bonus. After 6 referrals, TCN pays off your loan.....it's true....i did it. Now, i have 7 other people doing this and we have our own study sessions together.

    good luck and just focus....you'll get this done.
    Hi...I'm just curious. How do you have a study session on a condensed self study module? I'm interested in enrolling in the college network guides. I am trying to tap into as many resources as I can. Just wondering how you guys are going about it. Are you doing it online? If so, how are you conducting it? Can you tell me how far along you are and what state?

    I have searched ebay inside out and was unsuccessful finding the course modules that I needed. Yes, you can save money here and there but you may not find all of the CLEP materials needed. I would rather save time and find the information and all the resources that I need in one stop. After all, time is money right? The real focus here is education = time and momentum.

    I have checked some of the free links on this post. Some...I find completely useless and very time consuming to adhere to. Just want to caution everyone, filtering for free information like this can be a big waste of your time and hurt your finance if you are taking the CLEP based on materials that were not designed for it. Some of us are not super cheap genius! Who can get good information from thin air...e.g. these free websites provided brief one paragraph explanations on some of the body systems in A&P. So I find it hard for someone to CLEP out based on these materials. I'm referring to the same cheap genius, who I believe did not even bother reading some of the materials on these free web course. Yet you post them like TCN mods are beneath you. I think you are full of it laizure! All I can say is...not all information are good information.

    You are right critter1972, you get what you pay for. I am from Illinois. Any info. on LPN to BSN at ISU through TCN will be appreciated. What kind of questions did you ask TCN about there program? I have an appointment with a TCN rep next week...best regards.
    Last edit by Kai2007 on Apr 26, '07
  12. by   critter1972
    now that i'm doing the TCN program, i have access to their online chat rooms...in these chat roms, there are other students that i can talk to about what i'm reading. we have each others emails and we set up times to be online at the same time. So, if we agree to read Chapter 5, we can get online and talk about what we read and learned. Plus, the Advisors from TCN can answer questions for you if you need help.

    have you found that when you mention using TCN's study materials, people rip you a new one? LOL...it's like some sin that you spent the money to get the materials directly through the place that ISU recommends. I've had people even call me a troll in one of these forums! In fact, i hardly get on this website much any more. It seems like this site is for people who want to complain about something or tell us what we should and shouldn't do. I don't mind advice, but that's all it is and always will be. i'm a grown adult and i can make decisions on what is best for me....and i did and i'm glad that i made the choice i did. I just encourage everyone to make their decisions based on their own wants and needs. These people telling me (us) that our decisions are bad.....well, will i ever meet you, will you be someone making an impact on my life? I know that this sounds harsh and i apologize...but, if someone is taking my comments personal....maybe you are one of these people. too many people can dish out comments and tell everyone else what they should and shouldn't do....but.....i know that in 3 years, i'll be a BSN....where will they be? will they still be complaining that they are doing the work of an RN and not getting paid for it? Life is too short to complain about something...you have to do what it takes to make improvements in life. yeah, it may be hard, but life isn't easy..you get out of lilfe what you put into it.

    You're right though....it takes WAY too much time going from site to site to link to link to search for materials to read. I was worried that i'd spend too much time looking for something that i wasn't sure would prepare me. That's why i went through TCN and got their materials. I knew that i had academic support, online and phone, i knew that i could chat with other students, i learned about the gaurantee, I READ THE PAPERWORK that i signed....i knew what i was getting into. I met with an advisor who i met with at a starbucks...we talked about everything, what the clinical requirements were, where i would do them. I took my transcripts with me so that the advisor could look through them and give me a rough estimate of what i would still need to take (gen eds).

    once i started, TCN pulled my official transcripts and the Academic Advisors reviewed them. I ended up needing a few more than what we originally went through, but that's okay, that's part of it.

    Anyway, i'm very pleased with my decision. Yes, there are days when i don't want to study, so i don't, but i make it up. I know what my goals are and i know what i have to do to reach them.

    good luck to all.
  13. by   Ambition13
    Critter1972, continue doing what you're doing. You are a very positive person. Don't let any negative comments discourage you. Only you know what decision is best for you. I think its a shame how people can be so harsh when giving their opinion. It's really not that necessary. Good luck with your journey to your BSN!

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