RN-BSN requires working RNs only

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    Sorry admins, I didn't really know where to put this...

    I am an RN (ADN) and am looking to go back to school within the next month or 2 for a BSN. It has come to my attention that a lot of the online RN-BSN programs require you to be working as an RN. I had my heart set on WGU, but unless I get an RN job soon (which would be a dream!), it looks like it's not in my cards.

    Can anyone recommend a good online RN-BSN that offers the option for public health, and also accepts RNs who are not working?

    I've looked into UOP, has everything I need, I just really would like to pay less $$ than that

    Any/All suggestions are welcome
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    I'm not currently working as a nurse, and I'm finishing my BSN at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The tuition is cheap, the faculty/classes are AWESOME, and there is a community health practicum if your interest lies in public health. I love it a lot, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program.
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    University of Grand Canyon--100% online and do not have to be working. I'm on class #2 right now. If you do a search on here, you will find many recent grand canyon threads---or click on my ID and see my recent posts. TTl cost is around $16000-$17000 including books.
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    I do agree, although I am a WGU cheerleader it sucks that WGU requires you to be working. I don't think you'll find a cheaper program anywhere else (I paid 3.5K!), but I am sure that you won't have to pay UOP prices! There are a TON of great RN to BSN programs out there.. How about the university of louisiana @ lafayette? that was my second choice.
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    [COLOR=#000000] university of louisiana @ lafayette was originally my #1 choice---but after a month and they still had not evaluated my school transcripts, I gave up on them!! How did you manage to get WGU so cheap? How many classes did you take. [/COLOR]
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    Quote from scarykarrey
    I'm not currently working as a nurse, and I'm finishing my BSN at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The tuition is cheap, the faculty/classes are AWESOME, and there is a community health practicum if your interest lies in public health. I love it a lot, and would be happy to answer any questions you might have about the program.
    Thanks, i'm gonna look into them! I do like having the option to do public health
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    Quote from Flames9_RN
    University of Grand Canyon--100% online and do not have to be working. I'm on class #2 right now. If you do a search on here, you will find many recent grand canyon threads---or click on my ID and see my recent posts. TTl cost is around $16000-$17000 including books.
    I had looked into GCU a while back but from what I read, there is no practicum for public health and cannot obtain the phn certificate, is this true?
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    Quote from featherzRN
    I do agree, although I am a WGU cheerleader it sucks that WGU requires you to be working. I don't think you'll find a cheaper program anywhere else (I paid 3.5K!), but I am sure that you won't have to pay UOP prices! There are a TON of great RN to BSN programs out there.. How about the university of louisiana @ lafayette? that was my second choice.
    Congrats on doing in 1 semester! I wish I could get into WGU. But thanks for the tip, i'm going to look into university of Louisiana at Lafayette now, I hadn't even thought of it
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    Quote from Flames9_RN
    [COLOR=#000000] university of louisiana @ lafayette was originally my #1 choice---but after a month and they still had not evaluated my school transcripts, I gave up on them!! How did you manage to get WGU so cheap? How many classes did you take. [/COLOR]
    I had a lot of classes, 50 CU. But WGU is work at your own pace and I did! Even at two terms, which is what most people do, it's only 7K. But yes, won't work for OP since you need the job.
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    Quote from jmiraRN
    Thanks, i'm gonna look into them! I do like having the option to do public health
    Sorry, I should have been more clear. The community health practicum is actually a requirement for completing the program, and isn't optional. But you'd like it either way!


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