I recently completed the RN-BSN Hybrid program at Saint Anselm on Dec 17th, 2012. I am a non-traditional adult student. The program allows for you to complete the BSN at your pace, so if you want to take the full time track or part time, it's up to you. The classes are fast-paced - 8 weeks long, we meet on the first and last day of each class. Your assigment for one class for one week may include, a paper , and (1) forum posting with (2-3) forum responses to other classmates, along with chat time once a week and required reading assigments. We communicate by email, chat time, or yes even by phone. As it is a new program the teachers and students are still figuring some symantecs out, so it is still a work in progress. The classes are informative and interesting. Saint Anselm has always been a traditional school with traditional professors. The professors have been receptive to teaching in a different non-traditional way, which was refreshing.
The academic challenge for me with this program was learning multiple on-line cyber classroom environments, both Sakai and Moodle. After using Sakai for the first few classes, I picked up on it. There is one professor who prefers to use Moodle, which is easy to use once you have learned it. The Capstone class is intense (due to having 8 weeks to complete it) and time demanding, and should be taken alone. The ePortfolio is not difficult to complete, it requires time and your attention. I believe after our feedback, they have now incorporated the ePortfolio with each class, versus being down at the students discretion.
The personal challenge was balancing work, personal, and educational time as I completed this program as a full time student taking two classes every 8 weeks, except for the Capstone class.
Overall, I am glad and fortunate to have found a program that was achievable both academically and financially for me.
If you have specific questions, I would be happy to answer them. My email is: [email protected]