Did anyone ever complete their RN-BSN through Kaplan University? - page 2

I'm thinking of getting my BSN online through Kaplan University but I have to make a fast decision since they start nov.10.I have spoken with one of their advisers,the program seems costly 375 dollars per one credit..I'm looking... Read More

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    Quote from blackheartednurse
    i'm thinking of getting my bsn online through kaplan university but i have to make a fast decision since they start nov.10.i have spoken with one of their advisers,the program seems costly 375 dollars per one credit..i'm looking for an opinions (the program will last 2 years (full time) thanks.

    ps.i'm looking for an online program since i work home health care.
    please make sure you research other online rn-bsn programs as well. i am torn between excelsior college (nlnac accredited) vs western governors university (ccne accredited). now i even added more options as i am now considering slippery rock university because it is also nlnac accredited and also university of texas arlington (ccne accredited).

    sigh....i am so undecided. i hope you find a program that suits you.

    good luck,
    angel, rn
    Last edit by agldragonRN on Oct 18, '10

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    Quote from rainbowbrite85
    I'm sorry, but this topic has really upset me. Why are people trying to do BSN work ONLINE?! Yes, I myself take online classes, but they are World Music and Personal Health, NOT nursing courses! Learning nursing techniques online is the equivalent of learning how to tattoo online--just a bad bad idea. I understand you work home health care, but there have been many before you and many after you that will earn their education in a school, hands-on. I'm sorry, but no matter how well you do in an online course is not a suitable evaluation of how you will do as a nurse, hands-on, in the thick of things.
    You do realize that RN to BSN programs are educating NURSES to advance them to their BSN? I've been a nurse for 10 years. I've completed the state board's clinical and educational requirements for an RN. If you think there is ANY hands on learning that occurs in the BSN portion of a nursing program, you are sorely mistaken. It's topics that were touched on in the associate's program that are now stretched into a semester-long course: theory, public health, research, ethics, management, theory, theory, and more theory.

    I'm sorry, but a BSN education beyond an ASN does not require any sort of brick and mortar classroom experience. Anymore, you almost cannot find a school that actually has a brick and mortar RN to BSN program--even the ones that say they do have most of their classes online.
    lemore, nae312213, ilidawn, and 6 others like this.
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    I'm against nursing classes online, especially Kaplan. I think that if you are going to choose a career like nursing, it should be in person with actual instructors. One would be hard pressed to find anything good about Kaplan on this site if they took 10 minutes to actually do a search on previous posts here. Didn't mean to offend, and didn't mean for someone to try to "delete" my post based on a opinion...not 100% why a premium member would want to delete my post based on my opinion.
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    Nobody can delete anyone's posts but their own. However, people disagree all the time, misinformed or not.
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    This is going to sound snarky, but I think you should be a nurse first before you have an opinion that online nursing classes are or are not sufficient. The OP is already an RN. She's already had the hands on "how to be a nurse" classes. She's advancing her degree. She's going to be primarily taking classes on nursing theory, management, and research to complete her BSN. How are these classes somehow magically better in a classroom setting?

    As an RN who has a BA in another area and an ASN, finishing up the last four classes in a BSN curriculum, I do not see how an RN to BSN program is somehow insufficient or inferior when compared to a classroom based RN to BSN program.

    I do agree with your sentiments regarding Kaplan; I think they are a degree mill more interested in money than education and they prey on people who want a college degree and who are willing to put themselves into huge amounts of debt to do so.

    FYI, I think the "delete" post actually meant that someone posted a remark, then thought better of it and edited it out. Not that they were wanting to delete *your* post, but rather that they deleted *their own* post.
    lemore, ilidawn, DixieBelle7, and 5 others like this.
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    Quote from BluegrassRN
    This is going to sound snarky, but I think you should be a nurse first before you have an opinion that online nursing classes are or are not sufficient. The OP is already an RN. She's already had the hands on "how to be a nurse" classes. She's advancing her degree. She's going to be primarily taking classes on nursing theory, management, and research to complete her BSN. How are these classes somehow magically better in a classroom setting?

    As an RN who has a BA in another area and an ASN, finishing up the last four classes in a BSN curriculum, I do not see how an RN to BSN program is somehow insufficient or inferior when compared to a classroom based RN to BSN program.

    I do agree with your sentiments regarding Kaplan; I think they are a degree mill more interested in money than education and they prey on people who want a college degree and who are willing to put themselves into huge amounts of debt to do so.

    FYI, I think the "delete" post actually meant that someone posted a remark, then thought better of it and edited it out. Not that they were wanting to delete *your* post, but rather that they deleted *their own* post.
    I decided against Kaplan,not worth the money I might try the college you are attending...
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    Let us know which school you decide to go with and keep us updated.
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    Quote from caliotter3
    Let us know which school you decide to go with and keep us updated.
    I think I will choose Fort Hayes State University.
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    Best wishes. Hope you find it interesting, engaging, and worth the expense.
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    Look around a little, you have time. While Fort Hays certainly offers a decent program, and they've been doing this a while so they don't have a whole lot of kinks to work out, you may find something else that you like better.

    From these boards, I've seen that Indiana State, University of Wyoming, and maybe Wisconsin (Wisconsin U? Wisconsin State? I don't know) also offer online RN to BSN programs at reasonable costs.

    I don't know what state you're in, but you should also look around at the state universities with nursing programs. They may offer online RN to BSN nursing programs, at decent, in-state tuition rates.

    Good luck. RN to BSN seems to me to be *mostly* busywork. Some of it I have found valuable, or I have at least seen the value in it, even if it's not applicable to my career or interesting to me. A lot seems very repetitive or entirely unnecessary. I'm a cynical old hag, though; you may not be quite as jaded as me.
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