Looking for the Right LPN to RN Program Online Or On Campus

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    I graduated LPN Program last July 09 and I haven't been about to find a job. I was trying to work while I finish up my last two pre reqs before i apply to bridge program at the local community college. Since that is not working I just figure to go ahead and and finish my last couple of class. I am looking for a online programs that is accredited all the way around so it will not stop me from getting my BSN down the line. Anyone can help I really appreicated it.
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    Hi...
    I know of 2 programs, one in OH and one in FL. The pre-reqs are included in the curriculum and the programs are 15 months long for an ADN. Both require attendance at the campus for all classes. I haven't had any luck finding a totally online lpn to rn bridge program that doesn't require you to take the pre-reqs before acceptance into the program. Good luck.
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    I just enrolled through The College Network (Excelsior College) totally online from LPN to RN and they also have LPN to BSN program. I'm taking my pre reqs that I haven't taken yet, through them as well. Total program costs less than 10 grand. I'm just now starting and so far so good.
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    Personally I loved the community college route. To go from my LPN to ADN it only cost about $2,500 and 2 1/2 semesters. Good luck with whatever you decide.
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    I am currently attending Excelsior College, which is a totally online self paced program. You can do it as fast or as slow as you want. Since you are a recent LPN grad as I am I would suggest you do not use the College Network and go through Excelsior on your own. It saves money and you can use the books you already have from LPN school to study for EC. Look into it and you can check out the sticky on the distance learning page on this website. Good luck in your search.
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    Quote from tyandgil
    I just enrolled through The College Network (Excelsior College) totally online from LPN to RN and they also have LPN to BSN program.
    The College Network is not an online LPN-to-RN program. The College Network is nothing more than a publishing company engaged in the business of selling study materials that eventually lead to a nursing degree from Excelsior (LPN-to-RN) or Indiana State (LPN-to-BSN).

    Most people are able to earn their LPN-to-RN bridge program nursing degree from Excelsior without ever going through expensive publishing companies such as the College Network. In addition, people have attempted to get out of contracts drawn by TCN, and all were unsuccessful.

    Buyer beware. . .
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    thecommuter,
    i echo thecommuter. i signed up......after listening to the presentation and..... i researched when i got home.....do yourself a favor if you chose excelsior go directly through and skip the publishing companies ie: college network, distance learning etc. toooooo expensive luckily for me and my hubby we came home and typed a letter as per terms of their contract and voided our agreement in the appropriate time frame even received our upfront money back (100.00). we decided upon alcorn lpn-rn.
    there is only one (1) accredited online school lpn/rn for nursing that is excelsior all others are publishing companies once you go through these publishing companies you still have to go through excelsior to get your degree. once you get your rn then you'll other have other online options.
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    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. In addition to supporting the BSN degree options for the RNs, I was especially supportive of the Indiana State program for our LPNs. With this being the only fully accredited online LPN to BSN program in the nation, my organization was proud to provide both financial assistance and scheduling flexibility to our LPNs throughout their degree completion process. Not only did The College Network help me to achieve many of my personal organizational goals, but they also paved the way for many individual nurses to take on additional leadership responsibilities at the bedside or move into formal managerial roles.
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    Thanks for everyone advice but i am glad to say that I got accepted to a lpn to rn program at a new school here in tampa so thanks for the everything and wish me luck I start May 10 so keep me in your prayers.
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    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


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