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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   nursecarlie06
    Quote from Vida
    Yeah...definetly look into the difference in cost...I, excited at the chance to finally take an RN program, signed with the COllege Network much too quickly. I am just finding out that I already have alot of the required textbooks, thanks to my lpn program, and have found many others alot cheaper used.
    The cheaper way for me to do it, by a few grand would go straight through Excelsior......interesting my 'faculty support' type email people wont write me back when I ask about cancelling my contract!!! :trout:

    Are you talking about cancelling your contract with The College Network??? If so, I've tried and all everyone says is "Because you signed the contract and didn't cancel within the 3 business days you were allowed, there is no Cancellation aloud. You don't have to go through us (TCN) but you are responsible for the loan"

    I'm pissed!! If I would have know to go straight through Excelsior, I would have!!!! Everyone I talk to about The College Network, TCN, they say its a waste of money and a rip off!

    Carlie:angryfire
  2. by   calicocat
    I am really curious about the weekend clinicals. I've heard that no one passes the first time. I would like to hear from someone that has taken them. What does it consist of and how do you prepare other than your day to day on the job work?
  3. by   Vida
    hey - Im a little after the fact, but yes, I was talking about cancelling my TCN contract. Apparently its not possible...
    I have been starting to look into the CPNE too, Ive heard its a mind game. At the same time though, I figure it cant be impossible. I met a woman (rn) the other day that gasped when she heard I was doing that program...because of the clinical. She exclaimed that her friend attempted it and couldnt believe she failed when walked away from a pt leaving siderails down....?!?!?!? I am thinking that would kind of be an obvious one..siderails. I am curious to hear reasons why people are failing, because the siderail thing is, well, duh.
  4. by   chaxanmom
    Just curious why so many people assume you can just get out of a contract like its no big deal and why you are angry when the other party won't let you out? I've had a really difficult time understanding that since I've been on the board. What in the world is the point of contracts if they aren't binding and why would you think it wouldn't be binding? Regardless of sales pressure, aren't we responsible for what we do or don't sign and if we have regrets isn't that on **us**?
  5. by   vonsay
    I am in LPN school which cost $21,000 dollars (yes waaay too much). There is a private college which has an ADN program with no waiting list which charges $30,000 dollars! After checking that school out, I met with a college network rep. When she told me that the whole ADN/ASN program was $11,000 dollars I was shocked! I thought I was getting off cheap! LoL! Now I read (after the fact) that I could have saved half of that? Geesh!

    Oh well, too late now! But I'm going to make the best of it and prayerfully it works out great for me.

    Hey Guys, please tell me that money is the only negative issue with College Network?
  6. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from vonsay
    Hey Guys, please tell me that money is the only negative issue with College Network?
    They're just not necessary.
  7. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from vonsay
    I am in LPN school which cost $21,000 dollars (yes waaay too much). There is a private college which has an ADN program with no waiting list which charges $30,000 dollars! After checking that school out, I met with a college network rep. When she told me that the whole ADN/ASN program was $11,000 dollars I was shocked! I thought I was getting off cheap! LoL! Now I read (after the fact) that I could have saved half of that? Geesh!

    Oh well, too late now! But I'm going to make the best of it and prayerfully it works out great for me.

    Hey Guys, please tell me that money is the only negative issue with College Network?
    That's been my experience. Really it's just a matter of whether the things they offer meet your needs or not.
  8. by   Vida
    I am finding with the TCN modules...they arent endorsed by or affiliated with EC, therefore how can I trust that the information IS what I need to know. I barely passed my last exam because I only used the TCN module. When I did NC 1 I used the yahoo groups notes, the EC exam outline, the EC practice exam and the TCN module and passed with an A (87%). I didnt study any more or less for either, I felt I knew both modules inside and out. Cut out the modules and, ...well its just not worth it. My opinion, I know. If you have just done an LPN program you must have a stack of textbooks ..these are resources too -I am using mine, not to mention the endless resources on the internet.

    Anyway, regarding wanting to get out of the TCN contracts, I think its a matter of TCN not being clear about options, and what exactly they do. When I figured it out, sure I was pissed, and wouldve paid to buy-out of the contract even.
    When I set up my appt, I was told on the phone a rep from Indiana State was coming over. The woman really made it sound like I had to go through somebody to do the program, they happened to be the only option for adn program at EC that I wanted...again, my opinion, I just really felt like, looking back, that TCN fed off of my desire and dream of becoming an RN. They tsk-tsk'ed my husbands hesitancy, making it seem like instead of him not trusting them, he was unsupportive of me.
    Sure I signed the contract. Ive never been upset about anything else Ive signed. Its just TCN doesnt make it all that clear. They're great salespeople. How many people on here have actually thought TCN was its own school!?
    Last edit by Vida on Nov 14, '07
  9. by   lvnandmomx3
    I have met with TCN and did not purchase the modules. I have decided to try and get the study guides directly from where I will be taking the test e.g clep,dantes, or excelsior. I have posted another thread but haven't gotten any responses can anyone tell me if they went this way and if they had any luck. I just dont se paying $495 for 1 book (module) if I can get same info either on the net, other text books I already have or directly from the test makers.....
  10. by   SuesquatchRN
    Tracy, I have one test Excelsior left before the CPNE. I bought the Lisa Arends notes off of E-Bay for a couple of units but only used one set. They were eh.

    I *did* buy the textbooks and did the reading as outlined in the EC study guides. That's it. I'm carrying a 3.8 index. Now, I'm a good test-taker but you do NOT need anything but the study guides and the texts.

    Do the reading. That's all that's necessary.
  11. by   lvnandmomx3
    Thanks for the reply Suesquatch. I'm gonna be doing ISU but some test like A&P micro and such are with Excelsior so i'm reading these threads too cause they offer lots of info.I won't be doing the nursing concepts with excelsior but need to pass the 5 or 6 generals with them. Did you do your generals with excelsior or just nursing?
  12. by   SuesquatchRN
    I had to do one gen ed - sociology. I took Gerontology, used the Excelsior study guides and the texts, and got an A.

    I have *not* done a straight science through Excelsior, but I would think you'd be much better off spending $30 on something like "Micro for Dummies" or "A & P made Incredibly Easy" than signing a contract for thousands of dollars.

    And you're welcome. I'm thrilled that you found a program that works for you, in California.
  13. by   lvnandmomx3
    That was my exact thought.....lol and those book are easier to tote around than a 3 ring module....lol the only thing I like with module is the practice tests, But Im sure I could find a study cd for A&P or micro.

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