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Does the online school matter? Online courses for nursing pre-requisites

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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Does the online school that you do your nursing pre-requisites matter? I am doing it at a no-name brand online school. It is accredited and I called the schools I am interested in  (Simmons University) and they told me they do accept pre-requisite courses from this school. My question is ...will it bring me down that I am not doing at more established and extensive online school. Some schools are super ridiculous charging students $1,300-$1,500 for an online course and I decided to take it a way cheaper school but now I am worried this will cost me even more when I cant get into the school of my choice. Any thoughts from students that got accepted from courses from Portage University (the less expensive online school) that I am attending. 

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You should be fine with Portage Learning. You may want to check if Portage Leaning accreditations are valid for prospective nursing schools of choice. Good luck.

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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I checked already. However, I wonder if I would better off taking classes at UCI, my alma mater. But its so expensive. I would end up paying $3,000 per class instead of only $700 per class. It's a financial decision to attend Portrage but I worry that it won't be taken as seriously.  

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Again you want to make wise decisions. $$$$ is huge.

To clarify my doubts, I’ll call my schools of choice (the school of nursing Admissions office) and ask if my these courses I’ll be taking at Portage are transferable. 
Alternatively, you may take the courses in community colleges close to you. If you are residing in CA, it’s not that expensive -$42/unit, hence ~$210 per (5-unit)course.
Louisiana State University (LSU) online is another option, but a psych course costs me  a total of $966/3units + $55 (2 proctored exams) = $1021 for 3 units. University of Rochester costs $1150/3 units. Again, Portage is just fine and cheaper.

Don’t fret because the Portage is online. Nearly all schools are now online due to COVID19 chaos. If you CAN afford the $$$$, go to your alma mater. If you CAN’T, you may want to do your prerequisites in schools with credible accreditations.

Best wishes.

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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Thanks for the encouragement. I think I am going to stick with Portrage. The classes are very affordable and their online platform has been great for learning. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I am just worried about applying and how I will be viewed. I would ideally take them at my alma mater but money is scarce right now. 

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You are not alone. Currently, many nursing schools have transited online, too; providing all instructions, courses, and communication solely online. 

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Jouba has 1 years experience.

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On 5/8/2020 at 11:48 AM, Mindy834920 said:

Thanks for the encouragement. I think I am going to stick with Portrage. The classes are very affordable and their online platform has been great for learning. I have nothing but good things to say about them. I am just worried about applying and how I will be viewed. I would ideally take them at my alma mater but money is scarce right now. 

Hey , have you taken A&P 1 & 2 on portage ? I’m trying to decide between them and Cayuga. Cayuga is going to charge me 2100 for both classes including textbook fees. Portage will cost me $1600. But I’m worried about the reading materials being online. I feel like it’ll be better to take notes and stuff with the reading materials printed out. 

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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I am taking A&P through Portrage. I still take notes by hand but I do so while reading the online materials. It is not a disadvantage for me as I find online to be more convenient than textbooks and the content is high quality.  I made the decision because of financial reasons. Taking at others school was just too expensive.  

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Jouba has 1 years experience.

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38 minutes ago, Mindy834920 said:

I am taking A&P through Portrage. I still take notes by hand but I do so while reading the online materials. It is not a disadvantage for me as I find online to be more convenient than textbooks and the content is high quality.  I made the decision because of financial reasons. Taking at others school was just too expensive.  

Yea same here I’m trying to save $400 But thank you. I think I’ll just print out the reading materials and make notes on them

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Why not do the prereqs at a community college and save big money?

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8 minutes ago, Holistic88888 said:

Why not do the prereqs at a community college and save big money?

Doesn’t save me more money than portage. Community college here is like $200 per credit and then they charge little extra fees

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Future MSN has 1 years experience and specializes in Public Health Science.

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2 hours ago, Holistic88888 said:

Why not do the prereqs at a community college and save big money?

I agree. With all the fees you have to pay. Community college is not a cheaper option. Another reason for me is that everything is shut down right now due to COVID-19 

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