Vital Information about BSN and MSN online Programs

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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 Pheonix, Kaplan, Grand Canyon, etc. These colleges all over charge students 10 times more than legitimate non for profit colleges. From my own research I would recommend looking into University of Texas Arlington, and Western Governors University. Also, most state schools are now offering more and more online and/or distance learning classes/programs. Most in the state of Ohio are. Hope this helps, and good luck with your future education endevours.
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    Actually, the program I'm looking into is cheaper then the local brick and mortar by 5 thousand. Western Gov would be a thousand less. Not worth it in my book.
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    chamberlain is going to cost me less than half of what i paid for ADN.
    Last edit by roseonye on Dec 9, '12
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    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..
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    I've also been wondering if it might be harder to into a master's program after doing an online program.
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    If the program is accredited there is no difference in getting into a MSN. For Profit schools filled a need of an accessible education while working. Until recently brick and mortar did not have this option. Lucky for all we have choices, without the for profit schools I don't think the online option would be available today.
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    Highly in agreement with jacksonmark. I am a supporter of fully online BSN and MSN programs too, but guys, you don't need to go to a for profit school to obtain that sort of education. The OP listed legit, brick and mortar schools that offer online programs. Another well reviewed and nationally ranked school is Penn State, which offers a fully online BSN program. I believe University of North Carolina does as well. These are legit, nationally ranked schools that offer degrees that are (1) more highly respected than phoenix-type degrees (often scoffed in other professional fields as being "trailer trash" material) and (2) way cheaper than the outrageous tuition bills that for profits will send you.

    To me, the decision is an easy one. I never understood why people choose online for profit school degrees when there are online not for profit school degrees that are cheaper and more respected.
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    What is a 'Phoenix type degree?' I'm interested in your interpretation. Why would a degree be considered 'trailer trash' just because it's a for profit school? I don't know much about U of P and it's reputation in the 'professional world'. I do work with a nurse manager that has her MSN with them, and seems smart enough, lol, but that's my only exposure.

    I currently have two kids in college. Both had HUGE tuition increases this last year. Where did this money go? It went into the pockets of the president and other high officials. The classrooms are overloaded, the dorms in dis-repair, yet the money isn't put back into the campus or the students. I'm honestly not seeing a difference at the moment.

    For what it is worth, I'm ok with my chosen school which is online, for profit and has an actual campus. My employer offers tuition reimbursement and are going to pay for a large chunk of the cost. They are completely ok with my school of choice.

    When will this knitpicking stop?

    It's either LPN vs RN, ADN vs BSN, Online vs B/M, Profit vs Nonprofit.
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    Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course. Different schools for different folks. To make blanket statements such as "all for profits....", "all state universities are..." will only lead to one upmanship.

    As long as its accredited, where you go and what degree you get is on the student to do the research.
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    Quote from tokmom
    What is a 'Phoenix type degree?' I'm interested in your interpretation. Why would a degree be considered 'trailer trash' just because it's a for profit school? I don't know much about U of P and it's reputation in the 'professional world'. I do work with a nurse manager that has her MSN with them, and seems smart enough, lol, but that's my only exposure.I currently have two kids in college. Both had HUGE tuition increases this last year. Where did this money go? It went into the pockets of the president and other high officials. The classrooms are overloaded, the dorms in dis-repair, yet the money isn't put back into the campus or the students. I'm honestly not seeing a difference at the moment. For what it is worth, I'm ok with my chosen school which is online, for profit and has an actual campus. My employer offers tuition reimbursement and are going to pay for a large chunk of the cost. They are completely ok with my school of choice. When will this knitpicking stop?It's either LPN vs RN, ADN vs BSN, Online vs B/M, Profit vs Nonprofit.
    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.
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