Excelsior alone or with Rue?

  1. I'm sorry if this has been asked a million times before, but I'm new here and need advice. I graduated LVN school in 1984 and would really like to get my RN at this time. I've researched Rue, The College Network, and Excelsior. Do I really need to spend the extra money to get the study guides from Rue, etc? I want to finish as quickly as I can, but also not spend $12,000.00. Community college is out as I need to work and have some flexibility. I have 9 hours of prereq. that will transfer. The publishing companies, of course, imply that their's is the ONLY way. Can I still succeed with Excelsior alone? Sorry this is so long, but I would love to hear from those who have done this and can speak from experience. Thanks a bunch.
    Connie
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   ohmeowzer RN
    i have a friend who is doing excelsior and she is just using the study guides the school gave her. she is doing very well and hopes to do her CPNE soon. good luck in your future
  4. by   elkpark
    There are a number of older threads here about folks' experience (good and bad) with RUE; it would be well worth your time to do a search and read through them. Please research and consider your decision carefully before signing up with RUE; there is very little chance you would be able to get out of the contract if you change your mind later -- you will be financially obligated to them for a long time.
  5. by   EricJRN
    Check out the Distance/Online Learning Forum for the most EC-related threads.
  6. by   itsmyministry
    A quick "Thank You" to those who responded. I got just what I needed. It never occurred to me to do a search for Rue and another for EC. I've been in contact now with EC and I am applying today. Then I am off to ebay to check for cheap texts, study guides, etc. I am so excited!! My childhood dream is on its way to coming true!!!
  7. by   txspadequeenRN
    i was at half price books last night and bought a rue fundamentals of nursing book for $10. it is a 2004 ed but serves my purpose , so maybe you can also try the used book stores...:spin:

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