Vital Information about BSN and MSN online Programs - page 3

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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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    Quote from chiromed0
    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.
    Having a brick and mortar connection was important to me as well, so I chose an online school that had that reputation.
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    I literally JUST left the Chamberlain website. They ARE CCNE accredited, however, the cost of the RN to BSN to MSN is $55,000!!! YIKES!! I saw one post on here that someone said $22,000 was the cost (maybe it varies by state??) and that was way less than their ADN... wow!!! My ADN was somewhere around $6K plus books, uniforms, fees... (just for the RN prog... not including all of my prereqs...) wow!

    Personally I am skeptical of U of P, Chamberlain, Cappella, etc... but I have been all over the internet trying to find "traditional" colleges/universities that offer online options, but am having trouble weeding through the paid advertisements of the previously mentioned schools to find the "legit" ones. (Not to say that the ones I listed definitely aren't legit, but I just don't trust them). UW Milwaukee has BSN@Home and is near where I live, so I probably will end up using that one, but I want to compare options. There are so many different specializations out there and one school can't possibly offer them all. Not only that, I want to find out more about what clinical requirements there are... I work full time, have two kids and am putting my DH through engineering school... clinicals (or at least too many of them) are simply NOT an option right now...

    I know University of Alabama has online programs, my OB Instructor was getting her ANP through them online, but (at least for her program), she had to travel to Alabama (from Florida) for her finals... again... not an option for me... Anyone had any luck finding out about programs at state/local schools with online options???
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    If you are in Wisconsin, check out U of W at Green Bay -- they were my second choice, and I was impressed with them -- Online RN to BSN Completion Program: A Professional Program in Nursing - University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. But I actually ended up going with Chamberlain, and enjoyed the program immensely; however, I had tuition reimbursement on my side, because it is expensive. I was going in with 206 credits already, too, so I didn't have to do too many classes/credits.
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    I went through Liberty University in VA for RN-BSN. Before deciding, I stopped by a U of Phoenix campus (Honolulu), and spoke repeatedly to Chamberlain reps. I had slight resistance to these programs only because of the reputation I was told they had in regards to being for profit and not B/M. I wanted to give them a chance though because living in Hawaii and working full time, I was already limited in access to many universities. They definitely are persistant in trying to "sell" you on their programs. I felt Chamberlain was way overpriced (I was quoted at 15K even already having 120 credits). I was also very turned off after he started bad-mouthing the University I told him I had chosen. University of Phoenix would have required what seemed like an excessive amount of credits and I was told the soonest I would finish was 2 years. They both still call me frequently asking if I'd like information on other programs (MSN).

    I could not have been more pleased with my experience with Liberty. Their program was very efficient with classes every 8 weeks, I was able to load up during periods I knew I could manage, and take a break when needed. I finished the program over 10 months while working full time. Their normal tuition rate is around $450/credit hour. However, for active duty servicemembers and their family members, it goes down to $250/hour with waived technology fees and a book voucher that completely covered all materials. Every single person I encountered from the school was personable and helpful. I was not bombarded with their religious affiliation and even made a number of contacts for positions across the US. When all was said and done, my total cost was around 8K.

    Just a re-cap of my experiences. I agree with above posters, it all comes down to accreditation and your situation.
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    Good to know. I will check it out. I'm assuming you're military?? My dh and I were both Navy. I was @ Pearl Harbor, he was @ Kaneohe and Barber's Point (right before they closed). Are you working @ Queens or Tripler? Or in another setting?
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    My husband is stationed at Schofield Barracks but is down to about 30 days left of service. I am currently working for the University of Hawaii while I'm waiting for the selection board for the AF nurse corps. I would have loved a position at tripler but when I first moved out here I had no experience and only an ADN so I wasn't very competitive for the GS positions.
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    My local state school, UVM, is very hard to get into, and charges $525/credit (in-state). SUNY Plattsburgh and SUNY Empire State-Plattsburgh (same town, same system, different campuses) are more affordable, even as an out-of-state student, but require a NY nursing license.

    Right now, I'm considering 2 schools. Anna Maria College is a small Catholic school just outside Worcester, MA. The online RN-BSN is completely online, costs $425 per credit, and has 8-week sessions. St. Anselm College is a Catholic school in Manchester, NH. Classes are $300/credit, sessions are 8 weeks long, and the hybrid format means attending class on-campus for the first and last day of the session, so I'd have to drive to Manchester for 2 days every other month.
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    Quote from deemalt
    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!
    Yes, you are correct. So sorry. I'm a heavy knitter, so to knit comes natural to me. That's what I get for typing a post after working 12 hr shifts for the last 4 days. I should be thrown down the AN black hole. Bad, bad me..

    Yep, NIT picking...
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    University of Wisconsin Green Bay RN to BSN program looked great on paper, but they really don't care about their existing students much at all. They have massive problems securing clinicals for students, and they don't inform students of these problems until the semester has already started and they have already paid tuition for said clinicals...such a scam. It seems like most of the teachers are barely paid anything, because almost all of them have other full time jobs, and many of the teachers frequently go days at a time without responding to student questions because they are busy picking up shifts at their other jobs. Even worse, the teachers just seem burnt out, and they don't seem to enjoy teaching or respect students at all. There are a couple of exceptions, those who are great teachers, but for the most part the teachers have NO interest in teaching. The teachers are mostly just facilitators, they don't even design the class they will be teaching, and they can't even change the content if it is messed up. You don't know who your teacher will be when you enroll in a class, and there are only a few nursing classes offered each semester, so there isn't really any way to avoid the bad teachers either. I have friends that have had much better experiences at Purdue's BSN program, and I would encourage people to look at that program first.
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    I completed my BSN online and have been accepted into an online MSN-FNP program on the first pass. As long as the school is accredited you should have no problems.


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