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Has anyone done LPN to RN program through College Network? How long did it take you to finish the program? How did you like the program?... Read More

  1. by   mac01
    Quote from Mad LPN
    I recently signed up for The College Networkto finish my nursing career but now that I have read some of the threads I don't think that was a very good idea. I want to discontiue my services and I was wondering if that was possible I also wanted to know if excelsior would be a better choice or should I just do traditional college classrooom.

    I too am in the dilema- but I have not signed up yet. I am researching everything- I am not sure what they offer is any better than just getting the books form Excelsior-- please post and let me know how you make out.
  2. by   heartsalot28
    Quote from mac01
    I too am in the dilema- but I have not signed up yet. I am researching everything- I am not sure what they offer is any better than just getting the books form Excelsior-- please post and let me know how you make out.
    Too all from personal experience with cn please use excelsior college to get your books and down load materials directly from their website. I also signed up with CN only to find out that their books do not prepare you for the exams.:smilecoffeecup:
  3. by   Vida
    I made the same mistake - I signed up with tcn a few weeks ago, unfortunately before reading these threads, and now am stuck. Once you sign their contract, you have three days to back out. After that, you are bound to the loan, they told me, "whether I use the materials or not." Save yourself the money and buy the guides on Ebay!!!!
    Vida :smackingf
  4. by   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!
  5. by   cpacia124
    I am a self-studier as well. I learned that after going to a Vocational Nursing program (since everything in one year went by so quickly I had to brush up on A LOT of the content material for my nclex).

    Have you completed the RN program at Excelsior? I just enrolled into TCN and should be starting classes mid May. I'll be taking my LVN boards in 2 weeks then starting the GE portion shortly after. Then going to Indiana State University (online) for the nursing classes.

    I am a self-studier and have no complaints of getting my BSN for 26-27k compared to going to a school like West Coast University paying 67k w/ONLY an associates.

    For the convenience and price... My main concern is knowing that all of the classes and degrees be transferrable to any college if I wanted to further my education at any Cal State or University.

    What are your thoughts on the whole program? I just want to hear from people who have experienced the process.
  6. by   Oliverbranch
    I would thoroughly check it out with the school that you are thinking of going with online. Not all online programs are accepted or accredited in Cal. Contact the school and ask them are they accredited in California. I do have a friend that got her BSN on line, but she did have get her RN the traditional way.
  7. by   tinkerbell1963
    Quote from HotmaleSPN
    I was just wandering if you could tell me how much the LPN-RN program you are doing costs, I talked with a guy from that Indiana College on the phone but the conversation was very vague. Seems like it could be a scam, I am weary of anything online that sounds too good to be true. Do you have to go to clinicals with that program as well?
    If this program was a scam the state of California nursing board wouldnt allow us to do this online program by the way CA only accepts this online program with Indiana State for a LVN TO BSN
  8. by   tinkerbell1963
    The RN Boards in CA have a list of all the programs they accept Indiana state is one of them
  9. by   Nursesdoitwithcare
    now that it is 2010, can someone tell me if they have done the college net plan/excelsior plan passed boards ands are now working as a rn in california or nevada. i haven't signed up yet but i am 1 semester from my rn degree and am waiting to get back into a program, sitting out for the 2nd semester.
    seriously frustrated!!!!
  10. by   caliotter3
    Quote from nursesdoitwithcare
    now that it is 2010, can someone tell me if they have done the college net plan/excelsior plan passed boards ands are now working as a rn in california or nevada. i haven't signed up yet but i am 1 semester from my rn degree and am waiting to get back into a program, sitting out for the 2nd semester.
    seriously frustrated!!!!
    if you want an alternative to getting back into a program look at excelsior college: http://www.excelsior.edu. you are eligible if you have completed more than 50% of an rn program, including the clinical portion. but take the well meant advice of others to stay away from the publishing companies like the college network. the $5000 plus that you would pay the college network in addition to tuition to excelsior college could be better used elsewhere. look for the college network study guides on ebay. they are a lot more helpful when you pay $15 or $20 for them.
  11. by   Nursesdoitwithcare
    Quote from caliotter3
    if you want an alternative to getting back into a program look at excelsior college: http://www.excelsior.edu. you are eligible if you have completed more than 50% of an rn program, including the clinical portion. but take the well meant advice of others to stay away from the publishing companies like the college network. the $5000 plus that you would pay the college network in addition to tuition to excelsior college could be better used elsewhere. look for the college network study guides on ebay. they are a lot more helpful when you pay $15 or $20 for them.
    thank you for your advice; i have been looking at that option. i can also use my grant money with excelsior but not if i go through college net work. do you know if the study guides are current to the materials i would we using?
  12. by   caliotter3
    I have personal experience with this. The content material of the tests does not change that much over the years, nursing care of persons with cardiac problems remains pretty constant over the years and there are only so many ways you can word the questions about this area. So basically, you can get the basic content on nursing cardiac patients from that section in any med surg text. Likewise, the printed study guides, no matter who produces them (to the extent that the study guide is a good product to begin with). StudyGroup101 states that they update their material. I have read that Lisa Arends does not. And I know that The College Network puts different copyright dates on their study guides every so often. So, it is up to you what you want to buy to study from as far as distinguishing between something that has a date of "2008" versus a date of "2001". This goes the same way if you are comparing editions of standard textbooks. So, get the latest you can obtain, no matter what it is, and don't stress over it, is my advice. HTH
  13. by   Hospice Nurse LPN
    Quote from charebec65
    I thought the College Network was the Indiana University LPN to BSN or LPN to RN programs. You are right though, they are a publishing company like RUE.

    The rep will tell you that, but where I live (Louisiana) the BON does not recognize the degree. If anyone is interested in buying the College Network set of study materials let me know. I got suckered into buying them and never used it.

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