Ohio University RN-to-BSN Program - page 10
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Since it seems that there's quite a bit of interest, I'm attempting to start a new thread devoted exclusively to the OU on-line RN-BSN program that will hopefully build on the comments on assorted previous threads. I'd like... Read More
- 0Mar 31, '11 by prayerfaithhello everyone, i know this is not a reply to your particular school but I was wondering if anyone could give me some advie about finishing my nursing degree online with excelsior college. I don't have any time nor money to waste. I live in Ga and was three classes shy of getting my nursing degree in Dec 2009; Now i'm ready to finish without starting from ground zero. I just went through a messy divorce.
- 0Apr 2, '11 by mtsteelhorseWell, I'm considering changing horses. I've been talking with Aspen Univ. For about $7150 plus books I can earn an RN-MSN. The program looks intersting and applicable. There are no unrelated course requirements and you get to talk to real people with real answers to your questions. Email responses are very timely and I'm thinking this is the route I will take. No, it's not regionally accredited, but is CCNE accredited. The regional accreditation factor is significant for many people, but not for me. There's an Aspen thread going if anyone wants to take a look. For those interested in a BSN only Aspen does not offer that. I'm looking at the MSN bridge program for ADN graduates. Unless I find something really suspicious I'll likely go for the MSN. I've become quite fatigued by OU's less than prompt responses.
- 0Apr 3, '11 by SShannon81well good luck to you Mt.Steel. Im gonna keep pressing forward and hope all is well for me. Im gonna register for 300 on wed.I attempted to do so today but was unable. Im not holding my breath for DARS report before class starts but I can hope.Supposed to be getting financial aid award letter in april so we shall see. I wish all the info you needed was in one place but I find myself still getting a bit turned around with their site. Not all the info is the same for diierent programs. and there is just not ONE DEFINATE place to go and get it. It is frustrating at times and I feel like i waste alot of time just browsing the site for the info i need.Im hoping it will get better or atleast easier. We shall see
- 0Apr 3, '11 by mtsteelhorseI agree about getting around OU's website. It took me FOREVER to find things. I'd think I'd know where to go to look up some little tidbit only to find myself in the maze once again. I wish you all the luck in the world. I think I need to go ahead and get my Master's degree for the future. And the cost is amazing. Keep me posted. I hope you get your DARS report soon. I'll be checking!
- 0Apr 4, '11 by chucksterQuote from mtsteelhorseSorry to hear that we may be loosing you from the OU thread.Well, I'm considering changing horses. I've been talking with Aspen Univ. For about $7150 plus books I can earn an RN-MSN. The program looks intersting and applicable. There are no unrelated course requirements and you get to talk to real people with real answers to your questions. Email responses are very timely and I'm thinking this is the route I will take. No, it's not regionally accredited, but is CCNE accredited. The regional accreditation factor is significant for many people, but not for me. There's an Aspen thread going if anyone wants to take a look. For those interested in a BSN only Aspen does not offer that. I'm looking at the MSN bridge program for ADN graduates. Unless I find something really suspicious I'll likely go for the MSN. I've become quite fatigued by OU's less than prompt responses.
I'm also interested in getting my MSN but don't think that the RN-MSN route will work well for me unless it also includes a BSN (most programs don't). I'm hoping that with the BSN, I can finally find a position and get some nursing experience before returning for my MSN. It's very difficult for ADN-RNs to find work in my area because so many of the hospital groups are magnets or seeking magnet status. Along with other non-magnet hospitals, many of the nursing homes have also become more selective and refuse to consider hiring associate degree RNs - at least those with no or limited experience.
I will continue to post about my experience with OU - right now, that's easy since I haven't heard anything from them (2 months and counting).
- 0Apr 4, '11 by mtsteelhorseI haven't enrolled in AU yet but I'm darn close. I can complete the program then obtain NP certification if I choose to do so. I will not have a BSN but oh well. I have seen an MSN program that includes a BSN along the way. I can't recall which school it is but it's likely too spendy anyhow. I'll let you know if I run across something. I'm sure once things get rolling with OU and you find out what you need to take it will be okay. I got through that mess with OU but I'm still not sure it's the right thing for me. Have you heard more from UTA? I feel your pain. It's a ridiculously tedious process that really needs to be dealt with by their administrators. Keep us posted and I'll do the same.
- 1Apr 5, '11 by chucksterI've been posting here about the lack of communication by OU with applicants, so I went to the RN-BSN pages on the college web site yesterday. There is a page there entitled "WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT!" that states the following:
"You will receive e-mail verification with [sic] 24 hours of completing your application (I assume they mean 'within')
"You will receive a status e-mail after Ohio University has received ALL transcripts"
"If we have not received your transcripts within four weeks after you apply, you will receive a reminder e-mail"
So, since I've not heard anything from OU and it's been well over 1,000 hours since I sent my application in, I again contacted my enrollment advisor by e-mail. The last time I heard from him, he told me that I would not receive anything from OU until they had gotten all of my transcripts (He did not really provide a satisfactory answer to my follow-on question of how, in the event that OU didn't get all my transcripts, I could ever know that. But I digress. As in the past, he responded quickly and this time, he included contact information for the admissions office. Of course, it would have been just a little bit better if that same contact information were provided 3 weeks ago, when I first inquired about the status of my application. But again I digress.
I phoned the admissions office this morning. Of course, instead of a live person, I reached a recording. The recording asked for my user ID (the recording called it a PID) and/or my Oak ID. Of course, I don't have either of these because I've never heard anything from OU about my application. The recording went on to say that those who were inquiring about the status of their application (those who I guess, don't have either of the IDs referenced) should submit an e-mail request. Rather than leave a voice mail message, I opted to send an e-mail. Of course, I haven't yet heard anything back.
So after nearly 2 months, I still have no real clue if my application has been received, much less if they gotten my transcripts. I'm hoping that this is an aberration and that OU follows the process outlined on their website in most cases. What is really annoying though is the interaction with enrollment advisor. While his communication has been timely and profession, his last message clearly stated thatOnce ALL of your documents have been received, you should receive a confirmation email from main campus letting your know all of your documents are in and you are under academic review.
At the risk of another digression, may I say that the application process at OU is very frustrating?