Best online RN to BSN program....CHEAP? - page 3

by TonyaM73

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I have been a RN for about 1 1/2 years now and am starting to look towards going back and getting my BSN. I need something online since I work full time and have children, but also something that is inexpensive. What has been... Read More


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    Ive been unable to find a job as I am a new RN graduate. It seems every hospital in Illinois is looking for BSN instead of ASN. Do you think I should apply for an online BSN program now or wait untill I find a job? Any input is greatly apprciated.
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    As far as UTA goes...I was very excited about the program until I met my advisor. She was very UNhelpful and rarely available to answer my questions and give the necessary quidance I needed being that online high learning was VERY new to me. My interaction with the campus has been so stressful that I'm currently seeking out another school to obtain by BSN degree...just my experience
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    I am in the RN - MSN program with Kaplan university online...and might I say it is sooo expensive. For my BSN classes it's 350 per credit hour. I have 140 credits and several classes to go. I started in Oct of last year and probably won't finish till may of next year. I want to finish my MSN somewhere else....ideas anyone? :redpinkhe
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    Have you looked into American Sentinel University? Maybe you might want to surf their site and decide whether you're interested in going that route. I have navigated the site and it seems doable to me. website: www.ASU.edu
    Good luck in your search.
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    Quote from rnbob
    saw this on another page and it looks real good to me at $155/credit out of state!
    Ohio University RN-to-BSN Academic Outreach Initiative
    I am on Ohio State Universitys website and on the tuition table it says non-resident totals: 718.5 for 0-1 credit hours. What is the out reach program?
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    I am on the same boat! I have contacted in the past three months, over 12 Institutions. I can say with 100% certainty that there is a huge problem out there with the RN-BSN online programs. From cost, transfer credits, entrance exams, having to take more extra credits (depening on where you go), credit by examination used by many universities and colleges thru excelsior, which is an added burden to students, to lack of credits earned for having your RN license, to having some colleges and unversities making a policy that the only way you can attende their online program is to "have their state RN valid license". It is insane!

    Call Ohio and find out if they require you to have a valid Ohio RN license? Also find out if your own state financial aid, will carry over to another boundary (state)? Otherwise you won't receive Pell Grants, only loans and the rates????

    Check out if they are violating any laws! If you have a AA and an ASN (notice the difference between a ASN and a regular Diploma or Science Degree) because you will be in for a surprise. If you have a AA from a Public School and a ASN from a Public School, ALL THE CREDITS ARE SUPPOUSE TO BE TRANSFERABLE! ALL, NOT SOME. If the particular online RN-BSN program (institution) does not want to give all the credits, you are in for another surprise, THEY ARE GOING TO TELL YOU TO TAKE EXTRA UPPER LEVEL COURSES SUCH AS Ethics, Hist, and a bunch of other courses that most of the serious ONLINE CREDITED PROGRAMS, will not require because you are a TRANSFERED STUDENT FROM A PUBLIC INSTITUTION, thus you fulfill the law required basic courses for both AA and ASN, plus your RN license!

    Cost is another concer. It is crazy what private schools are doing! Is all about profit. Sometime we want to take a short cut, an easy way out and guess what, it does not happen. If you don't pay at the bigining, you will pay at the end $$$$. Careful with where you go. Look at complaints. Search for students reviews and opinions. Don't believe the online advisors, they will tell you what you want to hear! They will make it sound so good to be true, and it will be to good to be true. Research, take your time since it is a huge decision for us to take. It is our money, our time, our license and our future. DON'T THROW IT AWAY AND DON'T OBTAIN A DEGREE JUST TO HAVE ONE (BSN, MSN, PhD), make sure you choose a REPUTABLE UNIVERSITY. Even if it takes us longer, we want a reputable, low cost institution and the best place will be a PUBLIC STATE UNIVERSITY. BELIEVE IT! AS GOD IS MY WITNESS, THE SHORT CUTS OR HIGH COST INSTITUTIONS THAT DO NOT HAVE A GOOD REPUTATION, WILL ONLY HURT YOUR FUTURE GOALS. Today employers look at transcripts, where you attended and in a pervaisive way, they will not even past the smell test (screening process).

    I got so tired of contacting institutions and getting the "truth", that I am now finally between a highly reputable, high cost University (University of Miami) with no extra upper level courses for me to take, no entrance exam (I still need that in writting from them), ONLY VERBAL, no excelsior examinations (to earn credits) which cost of each test is about $300, or a State Public University (Florida International University), which requires me 3 excelsior exams (in three semesters) and 2 additional upper level courses (low compare to the rest of the institutions in Florida and outside of Florida).

    IF YOU GUYS HAVE A MUCH BETTER OFFER THAT COMPARES ALL THE ISSUES ABOVE MENTIONED, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. MAKE SURE IS REPUTABLE, ACCEPTS ALL THE CREDITS FROM THE LOWER DIVISION PUBLIC COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY, AND DOES NOT REQUIRE EITHER AN ENTRANCE EXAM FOR A RN-ONLINE PROGRAM, NOR 3 OR 4 EXCELSIOR EXAMS IN ORDER TO OBTAIN CREDITS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION OF THE RN-BSN PROGRAM. The HESI entrance exams as an average, are required for Traditional Programs and Acelerated Programs. NOT REQUIRED FOR ONLINE RN-BSN, but some institutions make their own rules.
    Last edit by TruthRN2011 on Nov 17, '11
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    Western Governor's University is very popular on here. They do have an entrance test to take but you do it online in your own home and it is not difficult to pass and you can take it before you are even admitted as part of your application. Tuition is a flat rate for 6 month term, you can earn credits based on passing assessments, not doing a bunch of meaningless tasks if you can prove you are competent. Many have finished their program with them in 6 months. They are nationally and regionally accredited as well.
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    BTW, why is an entrance test such a big deal for you?
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    Sorry to tell you that WGU was one of the universities I fully researched. They do not give you a GPA more than 3.0 based on a passing grade. This is a huge problem if you are planing to attend a MSN program, thus they will not accept a university with a passing system, neither is to say, a 3.0 as the maximum average of passing. Please research it and then you will see that I was right on the information provided therein. We need a GPA system in order to transfer to Grad School of Nursing in America. Please research, gather information, make phone call to other universities and find out if they will accept this nonsense of a lack of GPA system and only a flat "passing grade" with a "max of 3.0".
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    Entrance exams are not a problem, you need to read the entire note and see the other examples such as WGU, above mentioned. People just do not really research anymore the options, do not find out the truth and consequences of their actions without sound informative advise. RESEARCH, CALL, GATHER FACTS, INVESTIGATE, CROSS ANALYSIS...... CALL OTHER UNIVERSITIES TO SEE IF THEY WILL ACCEPT WGU, OR ANY OTHER UNIVERSITY GPA SYSTEM, as just one of the examples above mention. There are many issues with the RN-BSN programs. In my humble opinion, we need legislation that will stop the madness and make all RN-BSN, MSN, PhD requirements the same at all levels, throughout all States.

    On another note, look at what is happening with the COMPACT STATES which are only 24 as of 2011. It is a great idea, to be able to live in one of the 24 compact states and move to another state permanently or temporary and not lose your license in your home state. I live in Florida, and they are not part of the compact states. If I go to another state that is compact or not, I will lose my Florida License. However, people that live in any of the 24 compact states including Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia etc., they can cross borders without any problems. See link attached:

    https://www.ncsbn.org/nlc.htm

    Let us think big! Let us have a wide spectrum of thoughts! You know why Florida and the rest of the States do not want to be part of the compact state??? That's right is all about money! You get better pay and benefits in the states that are compact, they have many benefits for us - RN's. Also, the Florida Nurses Associations, should have been delighted to promote being a member of the Compact States; however, they chose not to. Until, nurses get angry about and finally understand that we have a right to be like the other 24 Compact States including key important States such as Texas, Virginia, Maryland, etc. and decide to have A UNION OF NURSES IN FLORIDA OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY, we are not going to make any progress at all. From patient ratios, to better salaries, to benefits, we are in serious trouble. Believe that!


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