INfo for LVN to BSN at indiana state university? - page 5

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   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    I think now I'm leaning towards Indiana State University LVN-BSN since I have most of my prerequisites finished. I already hold a Bachelors in another field and although I would like an ADN program, I just don't want to wait that extra year to receive my RN after graduating.

    I have a few questions regarding Indiana State University. If someone who's currently attending can help me with. You can either email or reply here in the forum. I know it's via distance education

    1. Do they accept for summer?

    2. Do you take classes in the summer?

    3. How is the curriculum? Do you have to follow the curriculum or can
    you take as many classes as you'd like? Full time or part time?

    4. Can you take classes and finish them as long or as short as you
    want?

    5. Anybody complete the program who already holds a Bachelors? If
    so, how long did it take you to just do the nursing component?

    6. Regarding clinicals, do you have to find your own preceptor? How often are you required to
    attend clinicals?

    Thank you in advance!
  2. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    Quote from 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!!!
    You have Excelsior, I'd love to do Excelsior but Cali doesn't accept it. Let us know which school you end up attending.
  3. by   akanini
    Yes Latina, we wrote about this a few months back. I'm thinking either EC or a traditional ADN, 1 year program. The BSN programs are outrageous in NY!!!
  4. by   KellyCCRN
    Quote from 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!!!
    Texas does not "approve" any out of state school including EC but you can still get a TX license you just take NCLEX for another state then get endorsement into TX
  5. by   akanini
    Ganurse, I'm not sure I understand your post. I live in NY and ISU is not approved here. Can I get a clinical site here or in TX? I am assuming the answer is no.Texas approves EC. They have 2 EC sites there.
  6. by   KellyCCRN
    ISU isn't like EC they don't have set clinical sites...you are responsible for arranging a preceptor....you submit the information to them and then they begin the process if there is not a hospital close to you that has a clinical agreement. ISU isn't "approved" by GA but it is recognized. There are several established sites here in GA. If you go to ISU's website to clinical logistics you will see that they already have contracts with several hospitals in both NY and TX for clinicals.
  7. by   akanini
    Yes GA that I did know. I saw a list here posting states that approved ISU and neither NY or Tx were on the list. So what exactly does that mean then?
  8. by   Pigskin_RN,BSN
    Hi LatinaVN
    ISU's program doesn't accept for summer and there aren't nursing classes in the summer. You take classes each semester and must meet prereq to take next nursing course. Can get permission to take more classes if you have met the prereq. You have to find preceptor for Health Assessment class in the first semester but after that you will let ISU know where you would like to do your clinical and give them a contact person and they set up the contract and preceptor. I am in CA and in the first semester and it's great not going to class everyday. Hope this helps if you haven't already found the answers to your questions.
  9. by   mitczak
    Sometimes there are nursing classes offered in the summer (including summer just past - http://prodinteract.indstate.edu/pls...disp_dyn_sched). Also, I don't think ISU actually sets up your preceptor. You choose the preceptor...and if he/she meets criteria, then ISU will work on the contract with him/her. Classes are on a semester basis. Sometimes you can work ahead within those semester guidelines - that depends on how the faculty have the course set up.
  10. by   Pigskin_RN,BSN
    Summer nursing classes are typically upper level so far. ISU sets up the contract and gets a list of qualified candidates for your preceptor and then you are able to choose from these people. The Health Assessment class is the only one that you have to find a preceptor all on your own.
  11. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from RiversideCA-LVN
    Summer nursing classes are typically upper level so far. ISU sets up the contract and gets a list of qualified candidates for your preceptor and then you are able to choose from these people. The Health Assessment class is the only one that you have to find a preceptor all on your own.
    Just wanted to address this for the benefit of those not in CA. This isn't the way it works outside of CA (no idea how y'all do it but I know its different). When Mike was the contract coordinator it was somewhat similar to this. He did the contract and put me in contact with the nurse educator for the hospital. She found me a preceptor. Mark who is the new clinical coordinator, does things much differently. He gets the legal contract set up and that's it. From there you are on your own. I have to admit this was frustrating to me because my first semester was with Mike and I was spoiled. Haha! When I started making arrangements for Johns Hopkins I called the contact he listed. It was the legal dept and they had no idea who I needed to contact. I did all the legwork for that on my own. It was tedious. Worth it but tedious (and frustrating!). Just an FYI so people know upfront that you will be doing most of the work in setting this up. It was different with Mike but not anymore. I've found that hospitals and really willing to have an independent student providing they have enough preceptors to go around (with new grads and all).
  12. by   sparkle823tami
    Quote from jetski
    Hey guys,
    I live in Illinois( Chicago area) and I am admitted into LPN/BSN for Fall 08. My first class with clinicals is going to be this Fall( Nurs 304). The only problem is that there is no Clinical site in my area. The only one is in Northwestern Hospital ( Arlington Heights) but the contract has being only initiated( since January). Yesterday I talked to Mark( the guy responsible for set up clinicals for students) and he told me to call a few places to ask if they will accept students and then he would initiated the process. Well, I called 8 places amd none of them wants students unless from a local CollegesSo, my next option is Val Paraiso, IN ( 2 hours ).
    I am kind of desapointed because the clinicals are not found by the ISU, but fby students. We give them a contact number and then they initiated.
    If I do not find a place closer, I will drive the extra miles for clinicals. That's crazy!
    Jetski, I was just reading through these older posts and wondering how everything turned out for you at ISU? Did you graduate already? I am waiting for my acceptance notification for spring 2010 right now and anticipating phase III. Can you share your experience with the program? BTW, I also live near Chicago... thanks
  13. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    Does anybody know how long it takes to complete Phase III? I'm kinda wishy washy about the whole program because I just want to finish and I don't want to take 2 1/2-3 years when I already have a Bachelors degree already. I also wanted to know regarding those Challenge Courses, do you have to be enrolled in the semester and waste that whole semester with the challenge courses or once your accepted into the school (not the nursing school) while you're waiting for the next semester to start can you challenge the courses? Thank You

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