INfo for LVN to BSN at indiana state university? - page 4

it states intheir material that clinicals are done locally with a preceptor..does this mean you have to do a practical clinical test in order to complete the program ( like regents?) or you just do... Read More

  1. by   athomemom56
    You have 3 semesters left....how long have you been going. I am going this route also.
    Barbra
  2. by   angie65art
    i don't have 3 semesters left , I think it will take me about 3 smesters to finish the program. I have all my non-nursing course done just the nursing courses are left and they gave me a outline that plotted out my required course in 3 semesters. Hw about you? where are you at with this? angie
  3. by   athomemom56
    WELL....I only have around 3 generals done. I have a long way to go.
  4. by   very TLC nurse
    Quote from critter1972
    I appreciate your input and opinion on this topic of The College Network.

    I too have done a lot of research on the program, and have known several people who have use The College Network to help them get through school.

    I have looked at the BBB on the company and i have also spoken with Indiana State University, along with my friends input.

    I still believe that using TCN is going to help me. Why? well, the fact that TCN and ISU are partnered is one big reason. I personally believe you get what you pay for. If you always look for the cheap way out, are you really going to be prepared? The study materials through TCN are self-contained. This means that everything i need to know for that course is in the study guide. i have seen them. The chapters are only 5-10 pages in length and there are practice exams with the answers throughout the guide, plus there is big test in the back that goes over everything.

    I mentioned the guarantee through TCN to show that they back their materials. they have over a 90% passing rate, which shows that the materials are geared to help you pass. The company has been around for 14 years and they have only had to provide a tutor/pay for the testing fee 3 times! I just feel that if you're going to study for an exam, why would study something that ISU doesn't endorse...or any of the other schools that The College Network works with? At least, i know and believe that i'm using study materials that are designed to help me learn what i need to know for that exam.

    TCN has 15 hours a day of phone support and between their Indiana and Vegas office. It's like having a tutor, over the phone, that you can speak with.

    To me education is an investment in my future and if i'm going to spend $20,000 for my degree, i have no problem doing it. By the way, that's the cost using TCN guides, testing fees, and tuition with ISU. Once i have my BSN, i'll be making $15,000 to $20,000 more a year anyway.

    i just don't see the purpose of going from one website to another to another, here and there...when i can do one thing through the school directly.

    everyone has their opinion and can make their choice about what's best for them, and i wish everyone luck in however they do it. I just think that sites like this should be used as a way for all of us to share what works for them. There are a lot of people on here who use this site to bad mouth other companies, people, or even the schools for their lack of success.

    I do find it sad that for those who aren't successful with online study, after starting it, have to blame others for their failure. Online study takes a lot of motivation and dedication..there's no teacher telling you what to do, etc. studying doesn't involve reading something once and hope that it sinks in. Studying involves highlighting the guides, taking notes, making flash cards, basically taking that guide and using it to it's full ability. For those that aren't passing, there is a reason and that reason lies within themselves. then, for those that aren't passing, they get mad when they want to stop the program. Places like The College Network didn't hold a gun to their heads and make them sign a contract. Those advisor provide the information and the cost of the program..up front. Yes, there is a contract, but don't people read their contracts?

    You can't go out and buy a car, make 6 monthly payments, and then one day decide that they don't like the car and just want to give it back and get their money back from it. It doesn't work like that.

    online study isn't for everyone and i really believe that. Some people need to sit in a classroom with a teacher telling them what to do, what to study, and when to expect a test. there's nothing wrong with that, really. Based on my reasearch, online study has gone up 40% in just the last year. There are a lot of ways to earn an education now a days and everyone needs to do what works best for them.

    I was hoping to use this site to help me through my program....not a place where i have to justify why i'm doing it a certain way. I really believe that other people feel that way too. I'm not angry at anyone in particular...i'm not even mad...i am just making a statement. unfortunately, i know that my opinion will upset some of you, however, there are opinions of others that upset me as well.

    Whatever any of you choose to do to help you earn your education, i wish you luck and hope for your success...just as i am hoping for my success.

    Nursing is a tough field and sometimes we feel unappreciated for what we do. there are good days and bad days, but that's life. I'm just glad to be in a profession where if i can make one person feel better because i'm there, then i did my job.

    happy studying...


    I am so glad that I read your note regarding the TCN because I couldn't make up my mind. I did my own research and I found out that TCN is not just a publishing company. They are a partner with Indiana state University. I met with the rep from TCN and he explained to me everything and I think this program is for me!!

    I will go for it!!!!!!!!!!


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  5. by   angie65art
    even if you are still finishing your generals it's better than doing nothing,it may take a long time but the time is going to go by anyway, at least that's what I think. I'vebeen working on my general ed ,etc. for ages,so don't get discouraged.
  6. by   very TLC nurse
    Quote from athomemom56
    WELL....I only have around 3 generals done. I have a long way to go.

    Hi!
    I met with a TCN rep and he told me that I can do each pre req. course a month.Is that true?? I have about 5 or 6 pre reqs to do before get into ISU...

    Let me know.

    thanks!
  7. by   angie65art
    he's refering to the clep tests. I'm sure he explained all th1s to you right? that you take clep tests instead of a traditional college course, some aren't so hard like english or general psch and some are hard like algebra it can be done. i work in home health care and have a bit of free time so I can study ,if I was working nocs or 12 hour shifts I don't know if I could , that's just me I am too wiped out after those kinds of shifts to do much of anything so my job is perfect for this kind of studying
  8. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from very TLC nurse
    I am so glad that I read your note regarding the TCN because I couldn't make up my mind. I did my own research and I found out that TCN is not just a publishing company. They are a partner with Indiana state University. I met with the rep from TCN and he explained to me everything and I think this program is for me!!

    I will go for it!!!!!!!!!!


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    I'm an ISU student. You don't have to use the TCN study guides unless you fail a challenge exam. Then you need to show documentation that you have the study guide before retaking. Anyway, one thing to keep in mind is that once you are an ISU nursing student and you have a portal email address you will see that many many students sell their used guides to other students via the email system. Most seem to be selling for around $100 each. Much much less expensive than TCN! I've gotten quite a few of these emails. You just network with other students. Ebay is also an option.
  9. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from very TLC nurse
    Hi!
    I met with a TCN rep and he told me that I can do each pre req. course a month.Is that true?? I have about 5 or 6 pre reqs to do before get into ISU...

    Let me know.

    thanks!
    You can do them as fast or as slow as you want.
  10. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from jetski
    I don't know where you live but just be aware that clinicals site are very hard to find. Before yyou spend a lot more money make sure that you have the place set up to do your clinicals when you need . I live in Chicago area and there are no clinical site here. Good Luck!
    Depends where you live. I live near DC and it wasn't hard for me at all. Very few of my classmates have hard any problems setting up clinical sites and those that did got it worked out pretty quickly. No one has had to drop due to not finding a clinical site.
  11. by   angie65art
    how far along are you? how long is it going to take you to get thru the program?
  12. by   very TLC nurse
    Quote from angie65art
    how far along are you? how long is it going to take you to get thru the program?
    Wow! You are almost there!
    Well....long way to go for me. It will take me about 3 years if it goes smoothly....and it will cost me about $24,000.00. I think it is reasonable compare to west cost college (in West Los Angeles) which they charge $55,000.00.

    I am excited!!
  13. by   akanini
    I was highly interested in this program because I just finished PN school and have a BA in another field. However, ISU is not approved in NY or TX, which is where I am heading. UGH!!!!!!

    Best of luck to all those going through the program though. I think Distance Learning is GREAT!!!

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