RN to BSN or MSN online

  1. I'm a single mother of two school age kids. I really want to further my education, but since I must work full time, it's impossible for me to get my bsn or msn in the traditional manner. Have any of you completed your education this way? Are any of you currently doing this? Would you recommend this as an alternative method? Also, I've done a small amount of research into this and I'm finding the cost to be extremely high. As much as $350 per credit hour. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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  3. by   kennedyj
    I am doing an MSN program while living overseas. I took a few courses before moving to the online courses. I actually find them slightly harder. Few tests but more work. I pay $225 per credit hour which is about average and arrange my own clinicals which most I will do while at work. so it works out great.
    It is great because to do assignments when you have the time. They are not self paced however.
    Best of luck
  4. by   ceemi
    I graduated last year from a college called Regents College (I think it is called Excelsior College now) with my RN. I had years of credits from my local college that transferred to this program.
    I found it to be more difficult, but I could go at my own pace. The cost was about the same as the local college, but when it came time to take an exam, I had to go to the Sylvan Learning Center sites to take each exam on the computer. The only hassel was the nearest Sylvan learning center was 2 hours - 2 1/2 hours away from my home. So, I worked it around my work schedule and on my days off, when I was prepared to take the exams, I would go and do them. When it came time for the clinical area, I had to choose from one of the sites around the country. With me living in Maryland, I chose Ohio over Georgia, Texas, Indiannapolis, or California. I have to say for someone like myself, who never travels, it was an adventure. Now that I look back on it, I can say that I am really proud to have accomplished such a task. They have on-line staff that can help you if you have questions about your studies too. At this point, I am looking to further my degree to the BSN. Since experiencing this type of education and not being able to attend classes all of the time due to work schedules, I have no fear looking into this type of education again. The college I mentioned is not the only one. I would look around. That is what I am doing. You have to be a well-disciplined student to take the time to study and prepare for the exams. Like I said, look around at the different programs.
  5. by   jfpruitt
    I'm not sure what programs MI has, but here in KY, they are offering once a month classes. Due to large number of working RN's trying to get a MSN, they are offering some neat schedules. One of which where you get your assignments and stuff online, but you meet once a month for tests and/or lecture. You still pay in-state tuition, but its mainly an online course. So, I would at least call around and see what you may be able to fine. GOOD LUCK!
  6. by   plumrn
    I'm looking into an online program at Jacksonville University.
    Sounds pretty expensive, but they have an interest free payment plan.Anyone else had any experience with this one?
  7. by   DanRn
    I was wondering about jacksonville on line program, too.

    the contact people seem all "sales" and send in your cash to reserve your spot - space is limited.
    but i was wondering about the program itself. do the nurses like it??

    i am interested in the flexability of classes and not to have any one day/time off work for class.

    the price isnt cheap, but comparable to other similar programs. one local college boasts one day a week classes for approx 24 or 30 months to get bsn. tuition = 16k.

    let me know if you are in the program and how it is going !!
  8. by   Mkue

    Cool, can one actually get an RN online? That is so neat. But would you have to get a license in the state that you want to practice?

  9. by   wbradford
    I am the Coordinator of the University of North Alabama, Flex-Track RN to BSN Online program. I believe you will find that our program can help you attain your BSN. Our program is completely online and is designed for students who require flexibility in order to attain the BSN. All course work is completed on line and clinical experiences are arranged by the student in their own locale.

    Our tuition is very competitive and there are no non-resident fees for students enrolled in the online courses. Spring 2002 tuition is currently $106 per credit hour plus Distance Learning fees.

    We are fully accredited by the National League for Nursing, and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and are approved by the Alabama Board of Nursing.

    We currerntly have 76 students enrolled and are now accepting applications for Spring 2002. For additional information, see our website at www2.una.edu/nursing

    Good luck in your career!

    Wanda Bradford, RN, MSN
    Coordinator, Flex-Track RN to BSN Online
    College of Nursing & Allied Health
    University of North Alabama