Best/Worst Online Schools? Opinions PLEASE!!

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    So I'm starting to seriously consider moving my ADN degree to a BSN. Online is the best option for me and my oh my, the choices seem limitless! I have a couple of friends doing Phoenix, but I've also heard to avoid those blatantly "for profit" schools.
    Please, offer up any opinions you have of any online school out there--this will be a financial (and more!) commitment of almost epic proportions here, so I want to choose carefully!!!
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    I graduated from the University of Wyoming online RN to BSN. I thought it was a solid program and they have one of the cheapest tuitions around. I was able to work full time and compleated the program in a little over a year.
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    Just left Holy Names University's MSN program, and can't rate it low enough. It's a hybrid (part online/part in-person) program, charging $800/unit and they can't do anything right.

    EVERYTHING!!!...from registration to getting a room large enough for class, to making sure that books are available for purchase in the bookstore at the start of term, to running the video equipment nessesary to broadcast their classes, seems it be beyond their competence level. They are completely inept.

    However, the one task they seem to accomplish adequately is charging fees. They have that one down pat.

    Don't waste your money on HNU. Sooner or later, CCNE will get around to shutting them down.
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    Quote from MBA2RN
    Just left Holy Names University's MSN program, and can't rate it low enough. It's a hybrid (part online/part in-person) program, charging $800/unit and they can't do anything right.

    EVERYTHING!!!...from registration to getting a room large enough for class, to making sure that books are available for purchase in the bookstore at the start of term, to running the video equipment nessesary to broadcast their classes, seems it be beyond their competence level. They are completely inept.

    However, the one task they seem to accomplish adequately is charging fees. They have that one down pat.

    Don't waste your money on HNU. Sooner or later, CCNE will get around to shutting them down.
    Amazing how those who are so inept at providing the service offered, are almost exclusively talented at getting their compensation for those same services.
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    Hi, although Im in the MSN track, I have referred several friends to the RN-BSN through American Sentinel's distance education. The nursing students will be awarded 30 semester hours based on their current Registered Nurse license, which means you just take 30 more credits to complete the online RN to BSN degree.

    The program is accredited, helpful and seamless. I can afford them and I haven't had any issues. Contact me for more info, if you'd like.
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    The biggest reason to avoid the for profit schools is that they charge a LOT of money, plain and simple. Of course, if you don't mind paying it or maxing out your student loans and etc, go for it. Just know what you are getting into before it's time to repay the loans is all.
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    Oklahoma Panhandle State University has an online program and they wave out of state tuition. It is only $104/ credit hour
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    Thanks for all of the replies!!! Lots for me to explore....
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    There are a large number of schools with on-line RN-BSN programs, as you will have already seen with even a casual perusal of the AN site. My recommendation would be to choose a school that has both national and regional accreditation. Nearly all of the traditional nursing colleges offering on-line programs have both but many of the on-line schools have only the national. The regional accreditation is important if you will ever consider going on for an advanced degree and may or may not be important to you.

    Price is a major issue for most folks and you will also see a wide variation here. Some schools are incredibly expensive (UoPhx comes to mind) while many others are much more reasonable. The schools I personally considered, all of which are fully accredited and feature reasonable tuition include UT-Arlington, U Wyoming, Ft Hayes State, Thomas Edison State and Ohio. If you don't mind paying more, you can also check out Penn State, Temple and Drexel - again all are fully accredited. If you want more information on the UT-A or Ohio U programs, there are threads here on AN.

    Good luck with your decision.
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    Has anyone gone thru the program at Texas University at Arlington for the RN to BSN program?


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