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Specializes in med.surg. subacute, longterm,burnunit. Has 18 years experience.

Hi, I am new to the site and I must say I like what I see. This is great! a place to write and get things off your mind, a place to vent. I need to know if anyone is studying the college net work for LVNBSN for California?? If so, how do you like the program and do you think it is a good investment. Please anyone else that can give encouragement to move forward for my RN, please share your in site.:typing

I am doing the LVN-BSN through College Network/Indiana State University. I have learned a few things during the process! If you want to save money, take all of your prereqs through community college first, before you apply! Also, look into taking CLEP or DANTES exams for any prereqs that you haven't taken yet, again do this before signing up with College Network. Once you have all your prereqs or tested out of them, then I would apply if the program appeals to you. There are so many options out there, I think you just need to explore them all and choose whats best for you. For me, it works because I work FT plus a PT side job. I can't afford to work less in order to go through traditional school.

Welcome to allnurses! :balloons:

I've moved your post to the Distance Learning forum, since that's what your question is about. There are lots of existing threads here about TCN (College Network), and I would strongly encourage you to review them before you make a decision and sign a contract.

TCN and the other publishing companies that sell materials to assist people with the Excelsior College (EC) program are controversial -- there are people here who feel that TCN and the other publishing companies are unnecessary, and the material provided by EC is all that's needed to complete the program, and people who feel they had a really bad experience with TCN. There are also people who are happy with the materials they got from TCN.

Also, you can often get the TCN materials on eBay at a much lower price than the contract you will have to sign with TCN.

It would be to your advantage to investigate your options thoroughly and think carefully about your decision before signing a contract with TCN.

Again, welcome, and I hope you will find the site useful and interesting! :)


Specializes in LTC, case mgmt, agency.

:igtsyt::wlcmggrp::[anb]: Welcome to the forum. I liked my experiences overall. As with any other program there are great things about it and things that are not so great. Excelsior is not an easy way out of traditional clinical education. But, I found that it has made me a stronger and better nurse. I was able to study at my own pace so that I could fully absorb the material and incorrporate it into my practice.:yeah: It teaches you to be independent and creative in how you study and in your nursing practice.:argue:Some people argue that it isn't the same as going the traditional route, but I say we embrace it. :p Research how this route fits into your style of learning and also see if California accepts EC, I hear there are several states that no longer accept EC.


Specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research. Has 15 years experience.

CA does not accept Excelsior, but they do accept ISU.

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