Did anyone else see this post about Rio Salado online RN program?

  1. I caught this post at the end of another discussion on this forum. I thought it might be of use to many on this board since many are looking for a distance LPN or RN program similiar to Deaconess. The original poster was MUZICONE. I PM'd her and she is very knowledgable about their program since she just graduated from there. This program seems to be alot cheaper than Deaconess since out of state students pay $147 a credit. I'm going to look into it more after the new year. Good luck to all.
    The post went:

    I am a recent grad from Rio Salado College in Tempe, AZ. (11/05) Online school with national accredidation and part of the traditional college network. Cheap. Not easy but all didactic is done online and clinicals are arranged with a local hospital where you are at. They are now branching nationally and have had students throughout the us. www.rio.maricopa.edu/ This may be an option for those affiliated with the service. I had a lot of service personell in my class. Some I never met because they were out of state. It is better, in my opinion, than excelsior. The staff is extremely supportive.

    Thanks, Muzicone, for the great tip!!!
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  3. by   FocusRN
    As far as I know that is not true. I spoke to the dean of nursing and she said that they do no have a preceptor model like Deaconness does. She said that if they get hospital partners in years to come maybe, but as of now you have to live in arizona to participate in the program.
  4. by   FocusRN
    Ohh and this was in Nov. 2005
  5. by   FocusRN
    One more thing, she said that you would have to be there to do clinicals 2 to 3 days a week.
  6. by   carolyn2180
    I have been taking classes at Rio Salado College and even checked on the RN program there and they said that I would have to come to Arizona for my clinicals. So I guess I will go to Deaconess.

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