The College Network - Legit or Scam? - page 3
Hey, I recently just signed up for TCN a day ago. I have 2 more days until I can cancel my membership. I wanted to know your guys' opinion of the college network. From what the representative told... Read More
Jul 19, '11phase 1 & phase 2 are a combination of completing prerequisites and transition courses for the lvn to rn role. these are tcn courses...not isu (indiana state).
in all actuality, one does not need to take tcn for any courses because they are only a bookseller not an accredited educational institution. the isu phase i consists of the prerequisites for the isu lvn to bsn program. they can be taken at any accredited college or university and transferred. the isu phase 2 is the isu challenge tests are solely the responsibility of isu. one can buy tcn study guides or one can use cheaper books or study guides. however, fail one test, and you are mandated to buy the study guide(s). either way, before one can register for the challenge exams, the potential student must apply for registration with isu and receive an isu student id.
the length of this portion varies per student, depending on how quickly you work and take the exams. true and it also depends on whether the prerequisites and gen ed classes are complete, and what state one lives in.
once phase 2 is complete, you can apply to isu for admission--actually, before one can go onto the isu phase 2, one must apply to isu and obtain a student id. nothing can be done with isu without a student id.
, but that does not get you into the school of nursing. true
you then have to take 2 isu transition courses...when those are complete, you can apply to school of nursing...
true. once the isu challenge exams are passed and the nursing program's application and paperwork is complete, an acceptance letter is sent out by the nursing department. one can accept, decline, or delay start for a semester later. either way, one will be admitted under an interim permit. to become completely admitted into the program and receive credit for the challenge classes, one must pass both the transition and the assessment courses.
3. phase 3: the meat and potatoes of the program to get the rn portion of bsn (the rest is your math english, sociology, etc) is 4 semesters...no less which equals 2 years b/c isu does not offer summer session or any winter session. i got this directly from "millie" who is solely responsible for clinical placement of distance learners. also, confirmed this with 3 other reps from isu.
isu is a semester system not quarters. there are only three semesters in the program spring, summer, and fall. there may or may not be a summer semester. however, after completing the first semester, there will be no nursing classes the second semester (some students use this time to take gen ed courses), and in the third semester, clinical classes begin.
[color=#a0522d]once admitted into the program, there are 6 clinicals to pass and a number of other non-clinical nursing classes. the first semester's[color=#a0522d] assessment class is counted as one of the six. off the top of my head, i believe i remember a total of 10 clinical and non clinical classes (not including gen ed classes).Last edit by LadyinScrubs on Jul 19, '11
Jul 20, '11Quote from 1hockaday3. Phase 3: The meat and potatoes of the program to get the RN portion of BSN (the rest is your math english, sociology, etc) is 4 semesters...no less which equals 2 years b/c ISU does not offer Summer session or any Winter session. I got this directly from "Millie" who is solely responsible for clinical placement of distance learners. Also, confirmed this with 3 other reps from ISU.
I'm a nursing faculty with ISU and this information is incorrect. ISU provides nursing courses all year. Presently I'm teaching N450 for the summer and have plans to teach the same and research in both fall and spring. Millie is responsible for clinical placement for California residents only.
For the rest, please do not read comments on this board and take them for fact. Contact ISU Nursing directly.
Jul 23, '11How did you do it? I feel the online programs will be the best for me. I am planning on going to LPN school soon and want my RN and more. Online school will at least keep me home with my family.
Jul 24, '11I wish someone had warned me that I could go straight through Excelsior & not through side companies-like RUE. I'm using Rue's books but some of them don't even follow what will be on the final test of certain classes, ie.,Lifespan of Developmental Psych. I just buy studygroup cds & study them & pass with them & send their books back. Oh, my precious, wasted, money $$$$$$$!!!!!!!
Jul 26, '11The state Attorney General in my state filed a class action law suit against the College Network for fraud. They paid up.
Aug 25, '11Quote from NancyLynnI just talked to the TCN representative. I believed that I got all the details quite well, but still have not made the decision. I understand that TCN is more like a prep step to get accepted into the ISU BSN program. It is clear to me that they help you by providing modules that would help prepare one for the "CLEP" exams. From that stand point it is like being on your own testing out of CLEP exams and accummulating all the necessary credits required to get into ISU. about 20 years ago when I went to school for engineering I did the same in high school and CLEP'd some of my classes. Back then, studying for those exams was a bit more challenging since I had to sign books out of the library and hopefully cover all the material on the CLEP exam. It was tough, from that aspect. I think that there is the service that CTN provides, the study modules allow one to get straight to the important areas with out spending much time on stuff that might not be on the exam or like some one mentione, waste time listening to absurd questions by other students and/or hear story tails that do not apply to the content that one is preparing for. That to me is a great plus, although if I can find the same or equivalent learning material for cheaper would be more attractive. The point being is that one has to be very determined and be able to dissect the material alone which can be a drawback for different type of students or perhaps the average. In that case CTN or anything alike is a waste of time and resources.Hello,
I have been in the TCN system for 2 years and I have been very happy with the resources and support that I have received.
I have not had to buy any text books from Excelcior, and have not paid any tuition, other than the registration fee, which is what was explained to me when I signed the contract. They are not affiliated with EC which was also explained. This program is for someone who is self motivated and does not need feedback when studying, for example: listening to dumb questions from other students in class or teachers rambling on about their experiences. Just scientific medical facts are included in the modules. I have passed ALL tests, the first time I have taken them, with just the TCN modules, and a Tabers, and a colorful anatomy diagram . I got an A in anatomy and Physiology.
This is late I know , perhaps you canceled your contract, but if not, The comments above sound like there is some baggage unopened that the writers need to personally deal with and not throw at you. What is good and works for some people does NOT work for others, and I am very thankful that we are all very different.
Aug 27, '11TCN is not a scam. they tell you everything about themselves....however they neglect to tell you that you don't need them. You can go through Excelsior and take the exams without them. Its kinda like paying someone $5 to walk to the end of your driveway to get your mail every day...makes no sense
Sep 15, '11if anyone reads this i wish i would have found these comments before i signed on the dotted line. i too have been misled and made a fool of. stay away from tcn and their so called lpn to rn program, try another route. I wasted so much money and am currently trying to get a stop on the payments. i enrolled at my community college and am thoroughly looking ahead of time for a rn to bsn or msn program. i learned my lesson real good.
Sep 15, '11Quote from MudwomanI filed a direct complaint with the AG's office where the College Network is, and I was not only let out of my contract, but was given a full refund of all that I had already paid.The state Attorney General in my state filed a class action law suit against the College Network for fraud. They paid up.
Sep 15, '11Quote from SweettartRNEvery person who posts how they were unable to extract themselves from TCN once they decided against it, should be directed to this post. Thanks for posting.I filed a direct complaint with the AG's office where the College Network is, and I was not only let out of my contract, but was given a full refund of all that I had already paid.
Nov 27, '11Quote from SweettartRNIs it possible that you may share to me what your situation was? I hope that my situation is similar and am seeking any direction possible. Signing up with them was a BIG mistake. I have read so many disheartening comments with people stating that they are unable to null their contract. Any comment will be much appreciated! Thank youI filed a direct complaint with the AG's office where the College Network is, and I was not only let out of my contract, but was given a full refund of all that I had already paid.