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.