The College Network - Legit or Scam? - page 2
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Hey, I recently just signed up for TCN a day ago. I have 2 more days until I can cancel my membership. I wanted to know your guys' opinion of the college network. From what the representative told me, it is accredited. They cover... Read More
- 1Nov 29, '10 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorNo baggage from me, Nancy ... I just hate seeing people get sucked into contracts that will cost them thousands extra in the long run. You will eventually pay Excelsior as well as TCN, so why not save the money and go directly to Excelsior? It just makes sense (and cents, haha). There are less expensive ways to procure study guides.
Nancy, how far along are you in the program? Welcome to allnurses, and the distance learning forum! There are a lot of EC students and graduates here who can offer support and advice, or who need support from others.
- 6Nov 29, '10 by Murse901Quote from NancyLynnConsidering the fact that NancyLynn joined allnurses just to make this post, I'd bet my bottom dollar that Nancy is a College Network rep trolling and attempting to do damage control. I see these kinds of first-posts on other forums and distance learning sites. It always ends up being a TCN troll.Hello,
I have been in the TCN system for 2 years and I have been very happy with the resources and support that I have received.
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- 0Nov 29, '10 by caliotter3Quote from DonaldJWhy would anyone find it necessary to defend such a decision?Considering the fact that NancyLynn joined allnurses just to make this post, I'd bet my bottom dollar that Nancy is a College Network rep trolling and attempting to do damage control. I see these kinds of first-posts on other forums and distance learning sites. It always ends up being a TCN troll.
- 2Nov 30, '10 by savvy-nurseHi...I have to agree with Nancy.
Overall impression of TCN:
TCN is not a college. Although they do offer course modules. The accreditation of the courses, I believe, comes from the companies that offer the exams you sit for. These test centers are recognized by accredited colleges. TCN is a network of accredited colleges - a broker so to speak. I signed up for my Masters program through The College Network and have been very happy with the results.
You do have to pay attention to sales pitch when you sign up. I almost signed the contract then I realised that it required me signing up for a new Commuity bank in Nevada. I belong to my local community bank so I did not sign but that meant coughig up some dough up front. In the end I saved about $750. Sure I missed the cash later but that was my choice.
The modules did work for me. I only bought the ones I felt I could follow outside of a classroom setting. I studied and passed on the first try. However, studying from the comfort of your home requires major discipline. If you have hesitations about your ability to do so, attend a community college for the classes you need. TCN did facilitate my admission process. While I attended Regis University, I met quite a few nurses that joined through TCN. They were all happy. My classroom textbooks came from Amazon.com.
Disclaimer: I have NO affiliation with TCN other than that of a happy consumer.Last edit by savvy-nurse on Nov 30, '10
- 0Nov 30, '10 by Pixie.RN Senior ModeratorAs many have said, you can find the TCN modules on eBay and elsewhere without signing a contract for thousands of dollars. No one is really disputing that their materials might be helpful, but in the case of Excelsior's ADN program, it does add thousands to the bottom line. THOUSANDS. Seriously.
- 0Nov 30, '10 by lissa6800Quote from NancyLynnHello,
This is late I know , perhaps you canceled your contract, but if not, The comments above sound like there is some baggage unopened that the writers need to personally deal with and not throw at you. What is good and works for some people does NOT work for others, and I am very thankful that we are all very different.
Not having used TCN I have no personal knowledge but as an LPN for 13 years I do trust my state (AR) board when they say that they do not accept any student that has used The College Network for NCLEX. They have been banned from our state because of the things that were posted in the above comments. I do recommend to any distance learner that they call and speak directly with someone that knows the accredidations and ask what is and is not approved in your state. It is a costly mistake to complete a program that is not acknowledged by your state and you can not sit for NCLEX exam.
- 0Nov 30, '10 by txspadequeenRNthis is because tcn is not a college but only a publisher of modules to assist you with passing the ec exams. they do not grant degrees and they do not grant credits in any shape or form...this has been said a thousand times on this forum. bottom line is it is expensive and not required. these modules can be purchased from e-bay for a fraction of the cost without a person being locked into a contract. the student still has to go through ec for their degree . also ec has payment plans and scholarships that help greatly with the cost. there are many outside sources to help a person study for these exams without getting themselves into a contract for years. and yes i have had my own personal nightmare with tcn and wish i had sought out the advice on this forum before i signed that contract.......
Quote from lissa6800not having used tcn i have no personal knowledge but as an lpn for 13 years i do trust my state (ar) board when they say that they do not accept any student that has used the college network for nclex. they have been banned from our state because of the things that were posted in the above comments.
- 1Nov 30, '10 by lissa6800I by no means meant to suggest that the college network was a university or college but rather to say that no matter what path you take, be it Excelsior, Phoenix ect... check with your state board. Better safe than sorry! But Arkansas will not allow you to sit for boards if you were under a contract with the college network (just submitting this for others info)!