LPN to RN Online---Which is best - page 2

by gwenwatson

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i am trying to decide which way to go. i have all prerequisites completed for a rn program. i was communicating with rue and college network who both use excelsior in ny for rn credits. i called excelsior directly and found out... Read More


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    There is a program in Cuyahoga Falls, OH at the National Institute of Technology, LPN to RN bridge program. All of the pre-reqs are included in the curriculum, the program is 15 months and all classes are taken in the same place. The cost, I think, is around $15,000-20,000.
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    Hello my fellow nurses, i just recently moved to GA and I have no time for traditional schools to continue my RN degree. I was thinking of Rue College, but if anyone know of anything better that I can do online or self study PLEASE, inform a fellow nurse, thank you.
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    I am not sure how it all really works once you get fully into the program but I have bought into the actual books through College Network. I consider myself a very smart person and have tons of experience in all types of healthcare. I find it very hard to find the motivation to continue. You really start to appreciate due dates and tests. It is hard to just go through 3 ring binder, read it, then go take a test. If you are a very self motivated person with good experience you would probably benefit from doing the program. If you are like me and not motivated enough to stay on track, I would look elsewhere.
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    I have been a Lpn for almost 9 years.I have working on classes towards my RN at Columbus State and don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. I am looking into Rio Grande online program since I live in Columbus, do you know anyone doing the online program?
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    I just started as an LPN. Excelsior has no clinicals, just an evaluation of skills at the end.
    How do you do LPN-RN with no clinicals?? You'd be missing so much...
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    I tried college network myself didn't complete and thankful I was able to get my money back with the help of an attorney.I wouldn't recommend college network.
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    There are many threads in the distance learning forum that warn people about the publishing companies, Rue, The College Network, Chancellors, etc. One can find their study guides advertised on ebay for $15 to $30 apiece instead of a binding contract for more than $5000. Not necessary to go through a publishing company to get a nursing degree from Excelsior College.
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    I heard from coworkers that Rue Education was a great program especially the LPN to RN online program. There are instructors adn other students to help. I'm thinking out starting too -- when the kids go back to school in the fall. I need a program where I can keep my job, but work on a degree too. What LPN can afford to quick their job to go back to school??
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    SShannon81, Was it Rio Grande's online program that you went through? I'm in the process myself of trying to decide how to complete my LPN-RN. I'm in the Dayton area. According to co-workers, Sinclair and Kettering are not doable with family, exp. if you have to work at all. Two full days in the classroom and then three 8 hour clinical days and tons and tons of homework and studying. The two ladies I'm speaking of had to drop down to PRN status and rarely work a day. They will call one of the other nurses, literally crying, on the phone occasionally about how tired and stressed they are and that they want to quit. I really don't want to go through this. I know a couple of people who did Excelsior's program and they loved it. My concern with that is that I'm mortified just thinking of the CPNE at the end of the program. I've never taken an online course in my life, so thinking about doing Rio Grande's program makes me wonder what I'd be getting in to as far as that goes. My major concern with them is that I live about 3 hours away from RG and I hear they schedule clinical rotations an hour away from Rio Grande at the most. That means I'd have at least about a two hour drive to clinical sites. On the website it says clinicals are one day a week. Any info about the program would be wonderful.... Thanks!


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