Overwhelmed @ finding an online BSN!

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    I have my RN and I am looking to get my BSN but I am completely overwhelmed at how to pick an online BSN program...


    Here's the things I am looking for:

    ~Reasonable tuition (I have found programs as high as $17,000! Too rich for my blood!)

    ~No clinicals (I have been a RN for a couple years and don't need to prove myself)

    ~100% online

    ~Accredited by: CCNE or NLNAC


    Anyone have any advice? School recommendations? I really appreciate it
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    Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Al. ALL online, no clinical, and doesn't require stats.
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    Ohio U and UTexas-Arlington are fully accredited programs (national and regional) and both have very reasonable tuition: OU less than $8k and UT-A about $9k. U Wyoming, SUNY-Dephi, Thos Edison State U, Ft Hayes State are all less than $15k. I'm sure there are many more I'm not aware of, so search around if none of those do it for you (all are fully accredited by the way). There's no need to pay a fortune for an RN-BSN program.
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    WGU. Search the forums here and on facebook. You will find plenty of RN-BSN, students and alumni who are/were very happy with the program! I will be done 5/31 with the RN-BSN in 6 months for the total cost of $3750.00 Granted I worked very hard, about 25 hours a week in addition to working full time, but I wanted to get it done! It has all the accrediation, regional and national. It will require stats, however, unless for have a previous BA/BS and then it might not, but it probably will. PM for more details if you want.
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    Western Carolina is a brick and mortar school that has an accredited, online RN-BSN program that is very affordable at around $4800.
    Western Carolina University - RN to BSN Program
    Last edit by kids on Apr 21, '12
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    Here are some things you should consider:

    1. Look at the schools within your region first. It's an advantage to be within driving distance of the school so that you could visit the campus easily if you wanted to. While you may never want an on-campus visit, sometimes it's nice to be able to go talk to a professor face-to-face, get together with classmates with whom you are working on a project, or spend an afternoon in the actual library gathering resources (with the help of a librarian) for your big project. So check out if there is a suitable school within reasonable driving distance.

    2. Check out schools within your state first. They will probably be cheaper. You have been paying taxes to support the schools in your state. Now is the time to take advantage of the lower rates for "in-state" tuition.

    3. Ask nurses you know where they went. It can be helpful to have some upper-classmen to talk to -- who have already taken those particular classes with those particular teachers.

    In sum: An in-state school within reasonable driving distance is often your best bet, particularly if you know someone who has already gone there. Such a school might not be the perfect school, but it is often the most practical school to attend. Don't overlook such schools as you look nationwide.
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    If you google the following paragraphs, you'll find more information about their program. I know the resident tuition fees total about $7,500. Don't knwo about non-residents. All online. Good luck !

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing
    St. Petersburg College BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The RN to BSN program is innovative and has flexible schedules with classes and clinicals that meet your busy lifestyle. SPC is close to home, affordable and offers the same high-quality degree you would expect from any state university.

    This program provides a seamless transition by using prior nursing education and experience as a foundation to explore advanced nursing practice and concepts. The BSN coursework will address topics related to leadership and management, nursing theory, research, and community and public health.
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    Grand canyon University has online RN-BSN program.
    Try looking into programs in your state, tuition is usually cheaper when you're a resident and don't have to pay out of state fees
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    I am about to apply to WGU, may I ask how was the practicum for community health. Is this program alot of writing papers? Since you finished in months did you test out of any the courses. Just wondering before I apply, thanks in advance.
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    I am about to apply to WGU, may I ask happyinillinois how was the practicum for community health. Is this program alot of writing papers? Since you finished in 6 months did you test out of any the courses. Just wondering before I apply, thanks in advance.


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