Quote from NJK7
To Sincere 24:
First of all, I commend the educational process you have just completed for your LPN as well as the process you now plan to pursue for your RN. As a former chief nursing officer of several organizations, my experience with The College Network has been extremely positive. Through efforts to increase the overall focus on professional advancement opportunities as well as the pursuit of Magnet status, I was able to partner with The College Network to present degree options to both our LPNs and RNs. Many of the nurses chose to utilize The College Network eLearning approach because they found the programs to be more effective in terms of both time and cost. .[...]
I have been working for a many, many years. I have numerous degrees and was a legal paralegal before I decided to change professions. When I applied to ISU to their LVN to BSN program, all my prerequisites had accomplished from my previous bachelor's. All I was required to do was pass their 4 challenge courses. On advisement of TCN's 'counselor", I applied to TCN and paid for their challenge course books. While the books are a good mind nudge of what I formerly studied, I noted that TCN books are extremely expensive. The cost of the books for the 4 challenge courses was about $2000. I had previously purchased Lippincott's reviews for the same courses and the books were about $35 each, new. I compared both books and the essential information contained in each book was the same. I were to do it again, I would not have enrolled into TCN program. From my standpoint, a self-paced learning program designed to reinforce what was previously studied was not worth the expense of TCN's books.
While TCN may be worthwhile in certain instances, it cannot be generalized to all. Another issue with TCN was the 'counselor's' statement that I "had to purchase the TCN materials to take the ISU challenge courses." Clearly, that was a falsehood, but the counselor got his commission from my enrollment fees. :redpinkhe