Quote from MissingMyErica
I honestly think Excelsior is cheap. I did my entire ASN with no student loans, how many people can say that? I just paid for my classes and tests as I took them and It only took me a year to do it. I know people who took their ASN at a brick and mortar school and owe tens of thousands of dollars.
I agree w/you on this one. The program at the community college does not offer an LPN-RN option so I would have to take the full 2 years of nursing courses plus pre-reqs. My boyfriend did the program there and it took him about 4 years to finish, and when he graduated in 2002, it cost him about $8,000. The estimated cost there is about $10,000 for the ADN program now.
I have a log of everything I have spent so far, and even with the upcoming fee for the CPNE, and a possible trip to New York, I am still less than that... I am almost right at $9,000 but I had alot of general ed's to do and I purchased practice exams for each test. I think the Excelsior program is really reasonable, and from what I understand about the CPNE is the reason why it is so expensive is because they pay for the one on one CE's to be with you.
Here is my summary of expenses/upcoming expenses:
Transcript evaluation = $75
Enrollment fee ($895 - $247 from my scholarship) = $648
1 Penn Foster Info Lit = $115
7 nursing exams x $250 = $1750
7 practice tests x $65 = $455
2 CLEP exam x $102 ($77 + $25 proctor fees) = $204
1 A&P exam ($355 + $65 practice exam) = $420
1 Life Span Dev. Psych exam ($250 + $65 practice exam) = $315
1 Microbiology exam ($250 + $65 exam) = $315
1 FCCA = $370
1 CPNE = $2,025 (with possible scholarship hopefully! I have to call back in July)
Travel to CPNE (not sure yet--thinking of putting in for the NPAC to get a date quicker.. but just an estimate from Orlando to Queens or Albany + hotel and bus fare) = $700
Books and SG101 notes = $300
Wound = $35
Online workshop x 2 months = $300
Background check = $12
Medical exam = $20
Photos = $7
CPNE prep DVD and other materials (estimate) = $150
Graduation fee = $595
1 NCLEX - RN exam = $300
I started in January.. so the whole LPN-RN all on my own time, while watching Sponge bob with my kid? Priceless.