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Aspen University Online RN-BSN

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Specializes in Emergency, LTC.

Does anyone know about this online bridge program?

I learned about it today and wanted some insight. I'm a new grad hired at a Magnet Hospital and per my job, I need to start my RN-BSN bridge either this summer/fall or next January and need something that won't cost a fortune. $10K seems very reasonable and they are CCNE (but not regionally?) accredited.

Thanks for your input!

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

What about Online University | Online Degree Programs | WGU ? CCNE and regionally accredited AND an NLN Center of Excellence.

Non-profit, flat tuition rate, ability to accelerate and all books provided at no extra cost.

Also, you can start any month of the year.

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

The lack of regional accreditation at Aspen would make me look elsewhere. Your post has been moved to the online/distance forum to encourage feedback.

PocketSize, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, LTC.

Do you have experience with this program? I guess I'm just concerned about online programs being a scam/legit before handing them my money and I'm just lost since there are SO MANY options out there. I only know about CCNE accreditation so I don't know what other qualifications to look for in a program.

My facility has partnerships with several programs but they are WAYYY out of budget and I might as well have gone straight through a BSN program for what they charge.

Any information about WGU is helpful. I've searched posts but they're a bit outdated. I went on the WGU site and the information is a bit overwhelming and confusing in some parts.

Thank you in advance.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 44 years experience.

Do you have experience with this program? I guess I'm just concerned about online programs being a scam/legit before handing them my money and I'm just lost since there are SO MANY options out there. I only know about CCNE accreditation so I don't know what other qualifications to look for in a program.

My facility has partnerships with several programs but they are WAYYY out of budget and I might as well have gone straight through a BSN program for what they charge.

Any information about WGU is helpful. I've searched posts but they're a bit outdated. I went on the WGU site and the information is a bit overwhelming and confusing in some parts.

Thank you in advance.

WGU is fully accredited, an NLN Center of Excellence, and currently has 18,000+ students in the nursing program alone.(80,000 in total) Why don't you search the threads here at AN and see what other students and grads have to say? There are a LOT of us.

You are more than welcome to PM me.

I am a graduate of the RN to MSN program. It was very flexible as you can sign up for classes on your own schedule. The cost is very affordable and there are no imposed barriers like examinations to proceed, etc. The costs are kept down because you can find your books in the most cost effective manner--rent, borrow, hardcopy, ebook, or Kindle--it is up to you. The CCNE accreditation tells you that this is rigorous school with a good reputation. There are about 3,000 nursing students--so you are not lost in a large school.

PocketSize, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, LTC.

Thank you everyone for your answers! I've contacted them directly and am in the process of applying.

I'm looking to transfer my credits from Excelsior as the state of FL does not recognize this program or the degrees so I am having to transfer to another program. Looking into Aspin vs Univ. Arlington at Texas. Can anyone tell me or assist me in any pros and cons about either program?

Lunah, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I'm looking to transfer my credits from Excelsior as the state of FL does not recognize this program or the degrees so I am having to transfer to another program. Looking into Aspin vs Univ. Arlington at Texas. Can anyone tell me or assist me in any pros and cons about either program?

You are mistaken about Excelsior.

smartnurse1982

Has 7 years experience.

I am a graduate of the RN to MSN program. It was very flexible as you can sign up for classes on your own schedule. The cost is very affordable and there are no imposed barriers like examinations to proceed, etc. The costs are kept down because you can find your books in the most cost effective manner--rent, borrow, hardcopy, ebook, or Kindle--it is up to you. The CCNE accreditation tells you that this is rigorous school with a good reputation. There are about 3,000 nursing students--so you are not lost in a large school.

How does that work?

How does one prove that they know the course content if there are no examinations or papers to write?

PocketSize, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, LTC.

From my research, I've gathered you do have modules, pre/post assessments, projects to complete for each course and papers to write (amount varying on course). This program is Pass/Fail for every course, thus the highest GPA earned is a 3.0 (a PASS= a B grade). I don't plan on becoming a CRNP or going into admin/management and am content just getting my BSN so it works for me. I can see this being a problem if you plan on going further than a BSN.

I peeked at the RN-BSN FB group and seems like the program is still rigorous despite the grading system. "They don't just hand out BSNs", as one poster said.

Edited by PocketSize