Whadda u think about the college network? - page 4

All of the good and bad...i want to hear it ALL...trying to make up my mind..my bestest friend just signed her life away with them.... Read More

  1. by   rnin02
    I don't remember TCN helping with paperwork or enrollment stuff with ISU. I still had to apply to ISU and be accepted...TCN had nothing to do with that process. If you do your TCN study guides properly, you may save time getting your pre-reqs done, but that's all you save, you certainly don't cut down on any paperwork and you don't save any money. Its just as expensive as taking the class thru ISU, more expensive then your local community college.
  2. by   meplus4
    Ok...I am confused. When I did the math, the RN schools in my area were tens of thousands more for me to attend. I have to start with pre-reqs. I too am glad to hear good experiences because tomorrow is my last day to cancel! I don't like contracting things, but I've got 5 years to pay them off.

    Also, have any of you finished the pre-reqs and moved into the Excelsior portion yet?
  3. by   NC Girl BSN
    Quote from meplus4
    Ok...I am confused. When I did the math, the RN schools in my area were tens of thousands more for me to attend. I have to start with pre-reqs. I too am glad to hear good experiences because tomorrow is my last day to cancel! I don't like contracting things, but I've got 5 years to pay them off.

    Also, have any of you finished the pre-reqs and moved into the Excelsior portion yet?
    Everyone has their option about College network but I personally do not feel like they are needed. Its just another added expense to the EC program. I went through EC without College Network and Spent $8000. You will find that once you get finished with the EC test and start preparing for the CPNE, that your cost will elevate because you will have to buy supplies and you will probably want to attend a workshop or two. I ended up buying all the Nursing Concept modules for College Network off EBAY. I paid about $30-38 per module and sold them back on EBAY so I didn't lose any money. If I were you, I would cancel your contract and Look up "College Network" on Ebay and buy the modules for pennies on the dollar. There is really no comparison "$40-$50 per module or go with college Network and pay $495 per module. Also I was under the New Curriculum and bought the old Nursing Concept modules and did fine.
  4. by   JavaMama98
    Finally, someone with something positive to say about TCN. Thanks for not making me feel like a moron for signing up with them. I signed up with them a few months ago and haven't not had any issues. Yeah, I know it's more expensive, yeah, I know I didn't have to buy the books and could have gotten them online through eBay and yeah, I know some people feel they need the whole classroom expereince but I've done online work before, it works for me. It's nice to see someone else has had an ok experience so far.
  5. by   hollyberryh20
    I signed up with the TCN as well, and they have been very supportive in answering all my questions, and guiding me through the process, I have taken several online classes and after finishing a four year nursing program only to be terminated because of not passing the schools exit exam I couldn't fathom spending another dime on a nursing book when I have all of them already, plus TCN is financing everything for me too, which EC told me they don't do, so I did it for convienence and a little peace of mind, I am already well over $100,000 in debt from the school that terminated me, what's another $10,000, at least now I can do it at my own pace, and the material in the study guides is stuff I already know, I haven't taken an nursing exam yet, but I don't have any doubt that I can and will be successful...if it weren't for that impossible hesi exit exam I would have my BSN right now..
  6. by   caliotter3
    For every person who says they have a positive experience with TCN, there are more than likely seven who say they didn't. Like with most things that have a price, let the buyer beware.
  7. by   chaxanmom
    Quote from hollyberryh20
    I signed up with the TCN as well, and they have been very supportive in answering all my questions, and guiding me through the process, I have taken several online classes and after finishing a four year nursing program only to be terminated because of not passing the schools exit exam I couldn't fathom spending another dime on a nursing book when I have all of them already, plus TCN is financing everything for me too, which EC told me they don't do, so I did it for convienence and a little peace of mind, I am already well over $100,000 in debt from the school that terminated me, what's another $10,000, at least now I can do it at my own pace, and the material in the study guides is stuff I already know, I haven't taken an nursing exam yet, but I don't have any doubt that I can and will be successful...if it weren't for that impossible hesi exit exam I would have my BSN right now..
    Which program are you planning on doing? EC or ISU? Because of course you realize that ISU does ATI (similar to HESI) and EC has that CPNE at the end right?
  8. by   ksangel
    i just recently signed up with tcn for the modules and rn classes through excelsior. part of me is sorry i did,..... and other part says no i can do it. currently an lpn. i like the convience of the classes... as far as cost: show me a college that is less than 10,000 to go from lpn to rn............. i think it will be ok. will be taking my first test in few weeks. hate sitting in classrooms. best part is not repeating the a &p, psych, nutrition, human growth.... all those since its been 10 years since i took them
  9. by   Avelinne
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!
    Unless you intend on giving over your first born as well as huge chunks of cash that you could otherwise be using for bills and food.
  10. by   hollyberryh20
    Yes I realize that EC has the CPNE to test your clinical skills just like any standard nursing curriculum does each semester, which I have passed, time and time again in nursing school throughout each semester in my four years of nursing training, the hesi exit exam however is a whole different category in itself, it's ten times harder than the board exam, it's a third party vendor and they don't have adequate preparation skills for students to pass it, yet they claim they do, ha, spent enough useless money on that, they just sell their exams to schools in an effort to make money and the schools use it to protect their accredidation....and that's hesi..anyone care to argue..I have seen it first hand, three times failed and it has no bearing on whether a person will pass their boards or not, I passed my boards the first time but failed hesi three times, where is the validity in that, because there is none, and they know it..I am not going the traditional route any longer because they make it impossible to become a nurse, "sciences too old, nursing credits don't transfer" etc..

    Online is much more flexible, they will take sciences and other gen ed classes, one step at a time and they let you do it at your own pace...that is what I need in my life more than ever..skipped two commencement ceremonies in the last year...one I should have graduated from but didn't qualify because of hesi, and one I did qualify for today but didn't have the heart to attend because it wasn't my nursing degree, Thank You Saint Joseph College for haunting me 2 years in a row..you really know how stick it and make it really hurt...GREAT POLITICS and caring for students!!

    Sorry but this is the truth, comments appreciated but don't knock another school untill you have gone to the one that did this to me and others...
  11. by   missmo1984
    ITs too expencive they do not "work" with excelsior nor are they endorsed by them. Be very careful i find that people who get the text books as per excelsior get higher grades on the exams and fail less. Do your research there are many yahoo groups you can join
  12. by   Conqueror+
    I would urge ANYONE who has had problems passing a standardized test to not attend Excelsior. The CPNE is NOTHING like traditional programs. It is not a clinical teaching experience. It is like a two day clinical exam on steroids. The level of expectations are HIGH. No offense to anyone but people pass the HESI everyday. Blaming the test and not taking any responsibility for not passing is a HUGE red flag. The CPNE is $2,000+ (with travel, meals) a pop and after the third fail you are out. I would hate to see a second program go to waste because of a final hurdle.
    Last edit by Conqueror+ on Jun 5, '10 : Reason: sp
  13. by   bosslpn
    im looking for a nursing program also and tcn is coming to see me next week...........it seems very expensive.............im also looking at community colleges...........right now i cant find a job as a lpn so anything expensive is out of the question.............

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