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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   trolldoll
    Hey Critter,

    I admire you for your decision and because of that decision I too decided
    to sign up with CN.
    I wish you all the best in your endeavors, stay positive and stay focus.
    I BELIEVE IN YOU. YOU WILL PASS. YOU WILL HAVE YOUR BSN.
    Think this always and remember their are people who are rooting for you.
    Good luck
    By the way, when you do take your exam, can you write back and tell us
    of your progress.

    trolldoll
  2. by   tazee
    Quote from laizure
    Beware, it has been confirmed that the LVN to BSN course offered by Indiania State University and Sonoma State University is still pending with the California Board of Registered Nurses. The board is to vote on approval/denial of the program on Feb 16th, 2007.

    Has anyone heard any other official information from the BRN about this program. It would be a real shame if the College network is taking advantage of this.

    Also, there is no official listings on either Indiana State or Sonoma state websites that I can find. It makes me wonder if this is really a fishy marketing campaign from the college network.

    Someone correct me with some more information and the I can verify!
    I am thinking twice about the whole thing right now. I am so confused College Network, via Indiana State University. oh god I don't know what is exceped later on I am thinking about going to California as well
  3. by   budhak0n
    Well I personally haven't enrolled in any program whatsoever yet, but some of the "opinions" which have surfaced on this thread do not surprise me in the least having dealt with some local health care facilities <g>.

    Unfortunately what you have here as always is what I see over and over again. People being catty for no reason whatsoever.

    IF what you're trying to do is sit for the RN Licensure examination well then you need a couple of things... First off you need a sponsoring institution.. Me personally considering this is a second "career" of sorts I would support an arrangement whereby you would be permitted to take the test and let the best candidates prevail....

    However state boards of nursing have determined that it is in the public's best interest that a sponsoring educational organization of some sort prepare you prior to allowing you to sit for licensure.

    The "college" network portion of it is insignificant... If I decide to buy a "barron's" study guide ? and I pass the test ... who really cares at that point.

    Frankly, after having seen everything associated with this supposed nursing shortage I have my doubts.... What I see here is a burgeoning business based on people who think they might want to .. maybe.. at some point... get a job... And let's get real... many facilities i've been around have person on top of person falling over each other complaining about this or that...

    It's about doing what you believe will help YOU the best get the piece of paper you need to do the work YOU wish to do.... For anyone to say well I believe that you're dumb to do this or that is just silly...

    It's like the guy who drives a Benz having an argument with somebody who drives an 81 honda... sure the Honda's got great gas mileage .. sure the payment's smaller.. sure they get to the same place ... but hey if you want to buy the Benz... go get it... Who's to say anything different... Everybody wants to be in everybody elses pockets these days... To me like I said you should be able to demonstrate academic proficiency in an objective manner without a sponsoring institution always necessary at a base "licensing" level... but come on now you can go into any major health care facility and find plenty of people working in jobs within the facility who don't have the licensing but do know the cousin in HR...

    And let's get real.. what is any of this going to get you? It's going to get you an "opportunity".. What you do with the opportunity.. whether you like your job.. whether you spend your time reading charts or filling up cokes in the Caf is entirely up to you...

    I personally think the College network is quite expensive but don't fully understand what people are saying... I can buy the College Network's study materials off ebay ok? .. then I can go to a sylvan learning center and take a test... ok .. then let's say I do that for the 7 "UNITS" i need to sit for my NCLEX-RN.... Who the heck is going to tell the state of new jersey that I'm qualified to sit for the test? And even if I pass who's going to guarantee that I'll even get a job out of it that pays more than my local contractor or wawa?

    Christ the UMDMJ is under indictment in this state already... lol... it's all kind of confusing BUT Much better than the local community college route where they are trying to tell me that I'd have to retake basic chemistry.. hilarious.
  4. by   tazee
    Quote from budhak0n
    Well I personally haven't enrolled in any program whatsoever yet, but some of the "opinions" which have surfaced on this thread do not surprise me in the least having dealt with some local health care facilities <g>.

    Unfortunately what you have here as always is what I see over and over again. People being catty for no reason whatsoever.

    IF what you're trying to do is sit for the RN Licensure examination well then you need a couple of things... First off you need a sponsoring institution.. Me personally considering this is a second "career" of sorts I would support an arrangement whereby you would be permitted to take the test and let the best candidates prevail....

    However state boards of nursing have determined that it is in the public's best interest that a sponsoring educational organization of some sort prepare you prior to allowing you to sit for licensure.

    The "college" network portion of it is insignificant... If I decide to buy a "barron's" study guide ? and I pass the test ... who really cares at that point.

    Frankly, after having seen everything associated with this supposed nursing shortage I have my doubts.... What I see here is a burgeoning business based on people who think they might want to .. maybe.. at some point... get a job... And let's get real... many facilities i've been around have person on top of person falling over each other complaining about this or that...

    It's about doing what you believe will help YOU the best get the piece of paper you need to do the work YOU wish to do.... For anyone to say well I believe that you're dumb to do this or that is just silly...

    It's like the guy who drives a Benz having an argument with somebody who drives an 81 honda... sure the Honda's got great gas mileage .. sure the payment's smaller.. sure they get to the same place ... but hey if you want to buy the Benz... go get it... Who's to say anything different... Everybody wants to be in everybody elses pockets these days... To me like I said you should be able to demonstrate academic proficiency in an objective manner without a sponsoring institution always necessary at a base "licensing" level... but come on now you can go into any major health care facility and find plenty of people working in jobs within the facility who don't have the licensing but do know the cousin in HR...

    And let's get real.. what is any of this going to get you? It's going to get you an "opportunity".. What you do with the opportunity.. whether you like your job.. whether you spend your time reading charts or filling up cokes in the Caf is entirely up to you...

    I personally think the College network is quite expensive but don't fully understand what people are saying... I can buy the College Network's study materials off ebay ok? .. then I can go to a sylvan learning center and take a test... ok .. then let's say I do that for the 7 "UNITS" i need to sit for my NCLEX-RN.... Who the heck is going to tell the state of new jersey that I'm qualified to sit for the test? And even if I pass who's going to guarantee that I'll even get a job out of it that pays more than my local contractor or wawa?

    Christ the UMDMJ is under indictment in this state already... lol... it's all kind of confusing BUT Much better than the local community college route where they are trying to tell me that I'd have to retake basic chemistry.. hilarious.
    I agree what you are saying about College Network.. Yes you can buy the material off of Ebay for half the price. The most important piece to this pie is Accrediation and accredibility of the school or this so called College Network and it's partners. I have decided to go to a local college it has less BS involved with it.
  5. by   tazee
    Good day how did you hear about the California Ruling regarding Indiana State and College Network? I do know that Excellsior is in question in California and Colorado. In the State of Colorado you have to do 350 hours of perceptorship and in California you have to do 800 hours of it. The states want to make sure you are practicing safe patient care
  6. by   gentlegiver
    Quote from TheCommuter
    Beware! The College Network is not an LPN-to-RN program. The College Network is nothing more than an overpriced publishing company engaged in the business of selling materials that eventually lead to an Excelsior College degree. Therefore, Excelsior College is really the school you're dealing with.

    Most people are able to earn their LPN-to-RN bridge degree from Excelsior College without going through expensive publishing companies such as the College Network and RUE. Buyer beware!
    This is very true! I spoke to Excelsior today. They told me that the program set up by College network is not set up to follow thier course outlines.They are unsure where CN gets the format for the course. Having spent $$$ on the course thru CN I now found out I could have done it all thru Excelsior. Visit excelsior.edu or call 1-888-647-2388 and speak to them directly before you make your mind up. Good Luck in your courses!
  7. by   budhak0n
    Quote from gentlegiver
    This is very true! I spoke to Excelsior today. They told me that the program set up by College network is not set up to follow thier course outlines.They are unsure where CN gets the format for the course. Having spent $$$ on the course thru CN I now found out I could have done it all thru Excelsior. Visit excelsior.edu or call 1-888-647-2388 and speak to them directly before you make your mind up. Good Luck in your courses!
    Ok this is understood ... so if I say have another degree ... in a different field... and I don't want to relocate.. I'm in South Jersey now... Can I obtain what basically amounts to an ATT by taking the basic nursing courses in a distance learning format through Excelsior?

    I've shot them off an email where I'm sure I'll get my answer but I'm not sure if you understand my situation..

    I have a degree in another field. I want to get the most basic "licensing" to allow me to enter the "profession" whereby I would intend to enroll in a more advanced "accelerated 2nd Degree BSN"... Can this or can this not be done through distance learning?

    To me when you think of how they allow foreign nationals to test if qualified.... I would have to be completely direct in stating my "desire" or intention is solely to obtain and ATT for the NCLEX-RN and go from there.
  8. by   budhak0n
    Quote from budhak0n
    Ok this is understood ... so if I say have another degree ... in a different field... and I don't want to relocate.. I'm in South Jersey now... Can I obtain what basically amounts to an ATT by taking the basic nursing courses in a distance learning format through Excelsior?

    I've shot them off an email where I'm sure I'll get my answer but I'm not sure if you understand my situation..

    I have a degree in another field. I want to get the most basic "licensing" to allow me to enter the "profession" whereby I would intend to enroll in a more advanced "accelerated 2nd Degree BSN"... Can this or can this not be done through distance learning?

    To me when you think of how they allow foreign nationals to test if qualified.... I would have to be completely direct in stating my "desire" or intention is solely to obtain and ATT for the NCLEX-RN and go from there.
    Oh and something else which really baffles me after having met with a College Network rep... I was told that during the "clinical" portion of the program , students do not have any actual patient contact... it is merely an evaluation of whether you understand the procedures , etc....

    This blows my mind ... So basically you can become licensed to be a practicing R.N. by never once having treated or dealt with actual patients?

    Even in the local Phlebotomy course I took through the Community college we had weeks and weeks of actual physical patient contact.... Without which I would think It would be nearly impossible to have any proficiency whatsoever.
  9. by   gentlegiver
    Quote from budhak0n
    Ok this is understood ... so if I say have another degree ... in a different field... and I don't want to relocate.. I'm in South Jersey now... Can I obtain what basically amounts to an ATT by taking the basic nursing courses in a distance learning format through Excelsior?
    It's my understanding that once you pass thier testing you take the NCLEX in your state. So make sure that the requirements are met by the college before you start.
  10. by   Conqueror+
    OK I will put my 2 cents in here. These marketing people are really smart. I keep reading the college network program VS the Excelsior program. There is NO versus !! The College Network is an OVERPRICED BOOKSTORE !! They can't even grant you a fishing license let alone a nursing one. Your degree comes from Excelsior !! Why pay a middleman and hello !!?? Excelsior also sells condensed study guides if you just wanna pay somebody $$$ for a study guide perhaps you should buy it from the people who CREATE the exam you have to take. Bottom line any company that is not Excelsior College is an overpriced bookstore charging you money that you don't need to spend and if you don't need any extra money why upgrade to the RN ? From what i read around this board the $$ is a big part of going back to school. Please don't PM me your self righteous hooey about personal growth etc.. cause if you had to keep the same LPN salary you would not be completing a degree. Unfortunately the Excelsior guides are newer and harder to find second hand. I am however loving the college network modules that I used to pass the first 6 nursing tests. I got them on Ebay for 60 bucks each I also got a CD Rom with Study tips flash cards etc for ALL of the nursing tests, A&P AND Micro for about 10 bucks. WHOOO HOOOO I Love this digital age !!
  11. by   tazee
    Quote from Pageantnurse
    OK I will put my 2 cents in here. These marketing people are really smart. I keep reading the college network program VS the Excelsior program. There is NO versus !! The College Network is an OVERPRICED BOOKSTORE !! They can't even grant you a fishing license let alone a nursing one. Your degree comes from Excelsior !! Why pay a middleman and hello !!?? Excelsior also sells condensed study guides if you just wanna pay somebody $$$ for a study guide perhaps you should buy it from the people who CREATE the exam you have to take. Bottom line any company that is not Excelsior College is an overpriced bookstore charging you money that you don't need to spend and if you don't need any extra money why upgrade to the RN ? From what i read around this board the $$ is a big part of going back to school. Please don't PM me your self righteous hooey about personal growth etc.. cause if you had to keep the same LPN salary you would not be completing a degree. Unfortunately the Excelsior guides are newer and harder to find second hand. I am however loving the college network modules that I used to pass the first 6 nursing tests. I got them on Ebay for 60 bucks each I also got a CD Rom with Study tips flash cards etc for ALL of the nursing tests, A&P AND Micro for about 10 bucks. WHOOO HOOOO I Love this digital age !!
    So as I understand it your already finished with Excellsior or are you in progress. Also, you are using college network stuff to pass excellsior exams right? I myself looking into University of Phoenix for my BSN. I firgured I am going to put the effort in and mind as well get a BSN at the same time it does cost more but the schools in Colorado are not cheap to begin with. Best of luck with your schooling as well.....by the way how much does exellsior cost....I know in Colorado the clinicals are a problem here.

    Benjamin
  12. by   tazee
    Quote from heartsalot28
    Hey Nurse Vida,
    I can't believe that CN can get away with this, I am sure this is not legal and I have a friend who is an attorney who will be looking into the contracts. I also wasted $3,500.00 on books that do not prepare you for the materials you are tested on, plus wasted and exam fee at pearson vue as I had no idea. I will keep you posted if we find any legal loop holes.
    Hi I wanted to know if your friend who is a attorney had a chance to look into the contract. I also have a friend who got suckered into CN...let me know thank you.
  13. by   celticwoman61
    Hi....new to site/forum.....posted my own query on The College Network......what is the ACTUAL BOTTOM LINE COST of their materials for Lpn to Rn. I cannot get a straight answer. Sounds like it may have been a bad experience for you????
    Thanks.

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