Independent/distance learning - page 8

Hello everyone, It's great to see a distance /independent learning topic. Currently, I am considering Deaconess School of Nursing. Is there anyone else considering this school? I find I definately... Read More

  1. by   almondhoney
    I'll be starting with Norquest right after the holidays and getting my bachelor's degree through Athabasca.

    Almondhoney
  2. by   New Castle Ken
    Originally posted by almondhoney
    I'll be starting with Norquest right after the holidays and getting my bachelor's degree through Athabasca.

    Almondhoney
    Great! and good luck. I hope that you enjoy the experience.
  3. by   victorious53
    I am so totally jazzed about this thread! First, even though I may be somewhat late, I want to extend my condolences to Mona on losing her brother. My prayers are with you and your family.

    I need to work, and am relocating in less than 6 months from California to the Forth Worth area so this gives me hope that i don't have to put my dreams on the back burner. I would like some clarification though regarding Excelsior. I found their website a rew days ago and thought they had an ADN program. But from some of the posts I've seen they want people who already have a medical background. I have a non-nursing degree but need about 4 pre-reqs before applying to a nursing program. I would love to pursue a MSN for people with non-nursing degrees, but need something on line. Any suggestions, information would be greatly appreciated. I'm determined.
  4. by   mona b RN
    Welcome Aboard,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    I wish I had some good information for you regarding an online MSN. I don't think I have heard of any on-line programs for getting an MSN that you don't have to already be an RN.

    Have you given any thought to starting with an associates first?

    Also, check out www.deaconess.edu They offer an on-line program that would help get you started.

    Good Luck to you.

    mona
  5. by   New Castle Ken
    Originally posted by New Castle Ken
    Great! and good luck. I hope that you enjoy the experience.
    Welcome. Excelsior does have an associate degree in nursing but it is mainly for people who have an extensive nursing-like background (like an LPN). Most of the online BSN and MSN programs are for people who are already licensed as an RN.
  6. by   New Castle Ken
    Originally posted by kavi
    We have online sites we can go to for lab tutorials, academic advisors, etc., but are responsible for obtaining our own clinical experience. I've been an EMT full-time for seven years, and worked as a Medical Assistant in a Clinic--doing labs, blood draws, taking patient vitals, etc.

    You have to have some sort of practical background along this line to be accepted into Excelsior College's nursing program.

    At the end of the Nursing Program you do an intense three day onsite handson practical testing in a hospital. They have several hospitals around the country that work with them.

    You basically have to go in 'knowing how to do it as if you were a working nurse'. So you have to already have the experience, or find a way to get it on your own. They have a guidebook of what you need to know, and you find a way to learn it whatever way you can.

    I've worked with two nurses who completed this program, and both said it was very difficult, but they were well-prepared when they started their nursing careers. It's not for everyone though.

    Kavi
    Rue is not associated with Excelsior at all. They sell study supplies and that is all. Some people that I have been in contact with felt that the materials supplied through Rue were helpful but others feel Excelsior supplies you with a study guide at no cost. Some have said that what Excelsior recommended was more than enough. Good luck.
  7. by   Nurse2B73
    Hello everyone,

    I am Shonda and I am new to the forum. I am hoping to start my pre-reqs next month. I am not new to the medical field but I will be new to nursing. I was an EMT for 6 1/2 yrs and I graduated from Medical Assisting school.

    I found out alittle too late that California has changed their rules on student entering the Excelsior's College Nursing program. They don't exept EMTs anymore :-(

    I am trying to find a good nursing school in Southern California. It is hard because I am active duty and although and am permanantly in Southern CA, the hours are not working with me.

    Anyone have some good advice. I am married with 2 beautiful daughters at home. We can't afford the one income right now because I am the main income at this point til my hubby gets a higher job with his degree.

    Please send any advice.

    Thanks
  8. by   New Castle Ken
    Originally posted by Nurse2B73
    Hello everyone,

    I am Shonda and I am new to the forum. I am hoping to start my pre-reqs next month. I am not new to the medical field but I will be new to nursing. I was an EMT for 6 1/2 yrs and I graduated from Medical Assisting school.

    I found out alittle too late that California has changed their rules on student entering the Excelsior's College Nursing program. They don't exept EMTs anymore :-(

    I am trying to find a good nursing school in Southern California. It is hard because I am active duty and although and am permanantly in Southern CA, the hours are not working with me.

    Anyone have some good advice. I am married with 2 beautiful daughters at home. We can't afford the one income right now because I am the main income at this point til my hubby gets a higher job with his degree.

    Please send any advice.

    Thanks
    Curious. Can't you apply for nursing school as part of your active duty. I am assuming the military is having a problem recruiting nurses too and I thought they had scholarships. Just a thought.
  9. by   CraigB-RN
    Shanda, What is your current MOS?
  10. by   Nurse2B73
    Hi there,

    I am a Supply Sgt which is 92Y.
    I am ready to leave it alone but I can't find the right job or right pay to get off of active duty.
    I wish there was a way around it but right now I will work on the pre-reqs and see what happens when I am done.
    I found a school I am thinking of enrolling in and they only require the psychology1, english 1 and college chemistry. The rest of the classes are in the program.

    It brings my time doing pre-reqs more easier to get through and I can get in the program faster. I am hoping to start school next Spring.

    My sister and I are going to go together hopefully. I will see.


    Hope everything is going well with everyone.
    Take care
  11. by   LTNurse
    Hi Shonda,

    have you considered the AMEDD enlisted commissioning program? If you got in the Army would pay your tuition and your pay would continue at your current grade. After you graduate with a BSN you would be a 2LT. Then you could work for a while to pay back the Army then get out with experience as a Nurse and with no problems in getting a good job! You can send get more info from this e-mail: aecp@usarec.army.mil
    LTNurse
  12. by   SR9145
    i just took my first test and failed with a d but still failed. the book says i have to wait 60 days before i can it again. i don't want to be at a stail mate for 60 days. i can review the first test and study for the second test. does anyone know if i can take the second test before retaking the first test with excelsior? it is so discouraging i feel why even keep trying but i have been try for so many years i lost track of them. if i can't do it this way i really do quit. please help and give me hope. are any books on test taking for people who read too much into questions and freeze on test out there?
  13. by   jlburkeen
    Hey, I'm a Excelsior alumni. Yes you can take the tests out of order. Are you registered with Excelsior yet? If not, they will only let you take the first three nursing exams then they will make you register.

    Jenny

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