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

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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 opinions (the program will last 2 years (full time) thanks.

P.s. I'm looking for an online program since I work home health care.

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I didn't know you could do that....I thought Kaplan was just things like medical/dental assistant and things like plumber and electrician.

BluegrassRN

Has 14 years experience.

Do a little searching here...it has terrible reviews.

Have you considered other RN to BSN programs? There are several state universities that offer such a program for half the cost per credit hour that Kaplan does. As far as prereqs go, Edukan offers online classes from Kansas community colleges. Very reputable, very cost effective.

I'm doing my RN-BSN through Fort Hays State University. Fort Hays State University

It's okay. There isn't really a time limit, I can take as long as I want. And it's $170/credit hour.

College is getting way too expensive no matter where you go! I recommend that you have the hospital pay for your schooling. It's not really worth adding more debt for a BSN when it's not going to give you anymore advantage than where you already are. Every semester you borrow, that is going to be a 50 dollar a month tab. So 4 more semesters will be adding a minimum of 200 dollars a month school loan payment for like the next 10 or so years. Add that on to your already accumulated debt, and take into fact that getting a BSN really does nothing for RNs...is it really worth you having to add more burdens to your financial load? I really really urge you to wait, and have your work place pay or reimburse you. That's just my humble opinion and experience. :)

-David

Getting your BSN is becoming a necessity. If you live in Philadelphia, you cannot even get a job in a hospital without a BSN.

Thanks guys for the responses Bluegrass your college seems like a good investment!!

hcox1975, BSN, RN

Specializes in LTC, SICU,RNICU. Has 2 years experience.

Is Kaplan even accredited?

I know people have had luck with Kaplan, however I would exercise caution with them to anyone.

They've had many complaints with the BBB, including one my fiance submitted. After getting him all excited about how they would help him (and while he ignored me when I told him he better run far and fast from them), they withheld his student loan money from him. The portion that was due to come back him after paying tuition and books. First, they were missing paperwork so we filled it out AGAIN and faxed it back over. Then it was "oh, you're ok, your check will be mailed in a week". Then it was the same paperwork was not received AGAIN. Then it was "oh wait, there it is. Yes we'll get your check mailed out".

It went back and forth for several weeks. Then they claimed they mailed it out.......it never came. Two weeks later, he called them again and wanted to know what happened to the check. They withheld it again.....can you guess for what?? The piece of paper that I had faxed them numerous times was now mysteriously missing.

Then on top of this, his advisor enrolled him in this porfolio class that was supposed to get him out of having to take several core classes. He told her he'd have to think about it after she asked him if he wanted to do this because this class was extra $$ to the tune of several hundred dollars. But she signed him up anyway and expected him to follow through with it. After a semester and a half of dealing with their crap, he withdrew and canceled his loans. The first time he called to withdraw, they told him that he would still have to pay the entire program fees and he would be billed for $30,000. After contacting BBB, they now deny saying that.

And his classes- one class was 5 credit hours and they only met for an hour. And the content,homework, exams didn't even amount to 5 hours.

To top it off, even after he withdrew and his loans were canceled, Kaplan still tried to collect on them.

I'm one that some complaints are expected. BUsiness can't make everyone happy after all...buuuuuuut with the amount of complaints against them, then that says something to me. Before you spend a dime with them, check into other options. It's too much money to waste on something that might not be credible.

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.

agldragonRN

Specializes in Wound Care, LTC, Sub-Acute, Vents. Has 5 years experience.

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.

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I changed my mind about posting a comment regarding this NURSING STUDENT'S comment.

agldragonRN

Specializes in Wound Care, LTC, Sub-Acute, Vents. Has 5 years experience.

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

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BluegrassRN

Has 14 years experience.

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.

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.

Nobody can delete anyone's posts but their own. However, people disagree all the time, misinformed or not.

BluegrassRN

Has 14 years experience.

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.

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...

Let us know which school you decide to go with and keep us updated.

Let us know which school you decide to go with and keep us updated.

I think I will choose Fort Hayes State University.