Vital Information about BSN and MSN online Programs - page 2

by jacksonmark

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Hi, I wanted to chime and give anyone that is looking to pursue their BSN and/or MSN some key information. First of all stay away from for-profit colleges, like Chamberlain College of Nursing (Devry, Inc), University of... Read More


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    You're absolutely right! I looked into a for-profit university to do RN to BSN all online and the program was $22,000! Unfortunately, I need to do mostly online as I am working full time and need to have a self-paced program but I just thought that was outrageous!
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    Quote from nguyency77
    Well, clearly I'm biased against U of P. The only reason I don't like it is because the administrator at my old facility (where I was a CNA) graduated from there. And curse whoever decided to give her an MA in healthcare administration, because she is the definition of deluded bigwig.
    Sorry she is a PITA.

    Now I need to look up info on U of P. I'm really curious.
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    Quote from cienurse
    You're absolutely right! I looked into a for-profit university to do RN to BSN all online and the program was $22,000! Unfortunately, I need to do mostly online as I am working full time and need to have a self-paced program but I just thought that was outrageous!
    I'm curious on what school this is. Mine is waaay less!
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    Chamberlain is fast and easy... but man is my wallet mad at me...
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    Quote from MusicEMT
    If they are Regionally accredited and have NLN or CCNE accreditation then there is no worry

    i can see that there is a problem though if they arnt, as far as i know Devry and University of phoenix arnt

    edit: I looked up chamberlain (devry) and they are regionally accredited as well as CCNE so that one works!


    regional accreditation is important if you want to transfer to other schools to further your education (brick and mortar included).. the schools near me wont look at your transcript if it is not regionally accredited..
    Looks like U of P is both CCNE and regionally accredited.

    University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. For additional information, visit ncahlc.org.
    Our CCNE-accredited Nursing degree programs ......

    I couldn't find info on the Devry website unless I put in my email. That's not gonna happen!
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    I may need to check my facts again, but I thought the only catch to doing the B/M RN-BSN programs (all online) is that if you are an out of state student, the rates will take a huge hike. So, you need to find a B/M in state online program for this option. Otherwise I'd go back to ole UCF where i got my BA back in the '80's because Florida tuition rates are dirt cheap...IF you are an instate student! Otherwise, one of the many programs offered by the state universities in my current state will do nicely and also come out cheaper than Phoenix or Grand Canyon. Haven't checked Chamberlain closely, but at a glance thought it was $$$. On of the state universities around here has a mixed mode program where you come to campus twice a month. They are ranked in the top 40 nursing programs and the only one ranked in this state as far as I am aware. I might do that one because I thought maybe someone will care that I went to that program (since no one cares where I got my ADN and it hasn't opened any doors round here!)
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    Eastern New Mexico University is a good, cheap online RN-BSN program. They just launched their online MSN program I believe.
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    I am a big supporter of Western Governors University. I will be finished with my BSN July of 2013, and have been able to do it while working, having a family, and for less than 10 grand total. My mentor is really helpful and I have had few problems, but any that I bring up she is on it and has a solution quickly and painlessly. I totally recommend it.
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    When will this knitpicking stop?

    I'm so sorry, I just can't let this go..it is nitpicking. Don't mean to be picking nits with you!
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    Hmmm....I've researched online programs A LOT. I think Excelsior's MSN is reasonable, not sure about their tax status. Almost every legitimate University in this country is offering some type of online program, there are literally dozens if not hundreds. In a way ( a moot point) the for profit and not-for-profit schools are about the same cost. One caveat; the not-for-profit schools have already been subsidized by federal and state taxes so in effect, you or someone has already paid for part of your degree so you might as well go there instead of the other.

    I chose a brick & mortar university for my MSN-NP online program, it's more expensive but at some point cutting corners saves you money but costs you credibility.
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