I have received several questions regarding the program I am in now. I thought I would post about it in light of the recent EC developments.
After graduation from EC, it became apparent to me that I was going to need to continue on with my education because my wife and I were considering moving to another state, and my EC degree was going to be a problem because at the time I didn't have enough work hours as a nurse under my belt.
I looked at several RN to BSN options and decided to go with Graceland University's RN to MSN/FNP program. They are very familiar with EC and worked with me to transition to their program. What they did for me was after I took a certain number of courses they gave me credit for their equivalent of the nursing courses I took at EC. So on my transcripts the EC courses don't show up. Instead, they show up as Graceland classes:
NURS2420 Nursing for the 21st Century 4.00 cr
NURS3120 Therapeutic Interventions 3.00 cr
NURS3250 Adult Health Care I 4.00 cr
NURS3260 Adult Health Care II 4.00 cr
NURS3270 Psychosoc Aspects of Client 4.00 cr
NURS4220 Maternity and Women's Health 4.00 cr
NURS4240 Child and Family Health 4.00 cr
They are fairly well organized. As with any school there is room for improvement. You save some time by going from an associates to masters because they let you skip some course work if it is duplicated at the masters level. For example my masters level clinicals replace my senior practicum, and my masters pharm replaced my undergrad pharm. I did have to take some additional gen ed classes like stats which was no fun, but oh well, what are you going to do?. The bulk of the classes are online, but there are "focus" sessions where you have to go to the campus for 4 days. This happens 2 to 3 times over 2- 3 years depending on what you are studying and your course load. The online classes are structured, and you have students and an instructor that you interact with. There is a lot of writing, but I don't mind so much now. I have learned a lot. I have one year left, and I can't wait. When I graduate I will receive my BSN and MSN on the same day.