Best online RN to BSN program....CHEAP? - page 5

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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    Hey guys, I'm looking to get my BSN online. I'm looking into Walden University and Western Governors University. Any advice?
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    UGH! as if nursing school itself is not stressful enough. I hate what a dragged out process choosing a RN- BSN online program it has become! I have been researching for months, and I havent made a decision yet. looking for the same things as anyone else: affordable, under 18 months, accredited, user- friendly, reliable and good curriculum.

    well, at least thanks to this thread, I can add Ohio and Texas Arlington to the list. I work/ live both in NYC and Virginia, and the ones I hear the most about are Chamberlain ( too expensive), Kaplan ( too long), Grand canyon university ( again, expensive) and ODU( full semester lengths, not your typical 5 weeks classes)

    and just to think that I could have been finished with ANY of these programs had I started school, instead of procrastinating doing all the " research"
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    just my .02 : Ohio state and Texas of arlington both list " current RN license" on their websites. it does not state that it has to be an In-state license.

    however, Ohio state does require clinicals.
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    I'm currently (almost done with) Chamberlain -- love love loved it! but, like you said - super expensive, I'm going to be paying back loans until my 7 week old is in college !
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    You'll find the best rates in the state you live in - in Florida St. Pete College has very affordable rates (if you live here) and it is accredited. For financial aid you go to FAFSA.gov - you should see your chosen school in their lists. Many schools offer different lengths of time to complete your degree, and you typically do a clinical towards the end in a facility near you. Good Luck in your search!
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    Quote from TonyaM73
    I need something online since I work full time and have children, but also something that is inexpensive. What has been your experience with getting your BSN online? Do you have to do any clinicals and if so how does that work? Are there any programs to help financially?

    There's been a couple of students (in the WGU discussion boards) who've said they've finished WGU's RN-to-BSN program in 3 months.

    WGU students pay a set tuition rate ($3,250) per term (composed of 6 months) no matter how many competency units they take. If students finish in 3 months, then they pay the $3,250. I don't know another university that compares.

    I guess this depends on how motivated you are to finish the competency units.

    The competency units are pass/fail, and students earn a 3.0 GPA when they graduate.
    Last edit by Lauri8218 on Mar 17, '12
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    TruthRN---
    I don't think you LOSE your license in one state when you obtain licensure in another. You can have multiple licenses in different states.
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    Truth--For example, I am licensed in Indiana (not a compact state) and Wisconsin (a compact state). I know of many nurses who have licenses in Indiana and Kentucky or Indiana and Illinois.
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    Quote from glamvicious
    What happened to University of Wyoming and Texas Tech university both online programs can be completed out of state no residency requirements.

    Wyoming:120 clinical hours in addition to the 60 hours of coursework will be required for the 4 credit hours of the final practicum, NURS 4875
    Tuition: $94 plus $40 online delivery fee so $134 per credit hour

    Texas: 30 semester credit hours total $7,224.00, they do accept financial aid
    No in the clincials in the traditional sense.
    Regarding the University of Wyoming, their program no longer equires clinicals. Must have changed. From the FAQ's on their program website page:

    Do you require a clinical component in your program?

    There is no clinical time required in our program.

    Current tuition rate is 146 per Credit Hour.
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    WGU requires that you are a working nurse. Hello, new grad nurses can't get a job!


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