LPN to RN Online---Which is best

U.S.A. Ohio


i am trying to decide which way to go. i have all prerequisites completed for a rn program. i was communicating with rue and college network who both use excelsior in ny for rn credits. i called excelsior directly and found out it is cheaper to go directly through them. college network told me i could be done in 3 months. excelsior said there is no way. does anyone know the truth? i would really appreciate your feedback. thanks!

Hello my fellow nurses, i just recently moved to GA and I have no time for traditional schools to continue my RN degree. I was thinking of Rue College, but if anyone know of anything better that I can do online or self study PLEASE, inform a fellow nurse, thank you.

I am not sure how it all really works once you get fully into the program but I have bought into the actual books through College Network. I consider myself a very smart person and have tons of experience in all types of healthcare. I find it very hard to find the motivation to continue. You really start to appreciate due dates and tests. It is hard to just go through 3 ring binder, read it, then go take a test. If you are a very self motivated person with good experience you would probably benefit from doing the program. If you are like me and not motivated enough to stay on track, I would look elsewhere.

I have been a Lpn for almost 9 years.I have working on classes towards my RN at Columbus State and don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. I am looking into Rio Grande online program since I live in Columbus, do you know anyone doing the online program?

I just started as an LPN. Excelsior has no clinicals, just an evaluation of skills at the end.

How do you do LPN-RN with no clinicals?? You'd be missing so much...

I tried college network myself didn't complete and thankful I was able to get my money back with the help of an attorney.I wouldn't recommend college network.

There are many threads in the distance learning forum that warn people about the publishing companies, Rue, The College Network, Chancellors, etc. One can find their study guides advertised on ebay for $15 to $30 apiece instead of a binding contract for more than $5000. Not necessary to go through a publishing company to get a nursing degree from Excelsior College.

I heard from coworkers that Rue Education was a great program especially the LPN to RN online program. There are instructors adn other students to help. I'm thinking out starting too -- when the kids go back to school in the fall. I need a program where I can keep my job, but work on a degree too. What LPN can afford to quick their job to go back to school??

Specializes in Geriatrics.

SShannon81, Was it Rio Grande's online program that you went through? I'm in the process myself of trying to decide how to complete my LPN-RN. I'm in the Dayton area. According to co-workers, Sinclair and Kettering are not doable with family, exp. if you have to work at all. Two full days in the classroom and then three 8 hour clinical days and tons and tons of homework and studying. The two ladies I'm speaking of had to drop down to PRN status and rarely work a day. They will call one of the other nurses, literally crying, on the phone occasionally about how tired and stressed they are and that they want to quit. I really don't want to go through this. I know a couple of people who did Excelsior's program and they loved it. My concern with that is that I'm mortified just thinking of the CPNE at the end of the program. I've never taken an online course in my life, so thinking about doing Rio Grande's program makes me wonder what I'd be getting in to as far as that goes. My major concern with them is that I live about 3 hours away from RG and I hear they schedule clinical rotations an hour away from Rio Grande at the most. That means I'd have at least about a two hour drive to clinical sites. On the website it says clinicals are one day a week. Any info about the program would be wonderful.... Thanks!

In regards to SCC's program, it appears that you have recieved incorrect information. We have two class days that consist of an 1 hr 50 min. We have one assesment day at the clinical site that is 4 hrs then you do your careplan that night. We then have two pt care days that 7 hrs long. Also there are MANY of us that have families AND (or) jobs and do quite well. I would not let the misinformation that you have received keep you from inquiring about an awesome program.....

currently a LPN in state of Ohio and looking into starting at excelsior online courses. I was checking out alot of programs in the cleveland area but alot of driving time, and i have a family which means I need to work! I feel like I have gotten good info by reading threads, but a couple questions if someone could help me. I have just LPN course, no other college credits. Do I take Micro, english and A&P through excelsior directly? I was going to take the classes through our community college but unfortunatly they want you to take a certain BIO class before going into A&P, and the same with Micro. Can anyone help me?

Hi Ahill,

I would suggest trying to get ahold of excelsior's curriculum and costs, and then matching it up with your comm colleges classes and costs (as well as comparing their crhrs). Hopefully that would help you decide what route is best. You could also check into other comm colleges that offer classes online. I know Lewis & Clark comm college allows you to take classes online (it's in IL and I am looking into it for myself since I maybe moving to chicago). Also Cinci State you could, and I think there is one in colorado like ccc I saw something about it on another distance learning thread. I keep considering Excelsior for when I finish my LPN just trying to do all the research I can while I am in the lpn program. Good luck! :)


You will not finish your program with Rue in 3 months,,,,,,even if you have the prereq's done. You are paying money for your books on top of having to pay to take the exam.


COLLEGE NET WORK-You are actually doing excelsiors program but you dont find that out until you have signed up for that contract. I was able to slip out of most of my contract with CollegeNet due to a technicality but they still got alot of my money


Also note that Excelsiors pass rate is actually 62%, not the 85%( which is low to begin with) they were boasting.I also couldnt get ahold of my advisor for 2 months when I started with excelsior. In the end they each got about $2000 from me and I decided that I needed to research better.

I will say that Rue is a knock off of excelsior though( and they are both bad)

I did the Univ of Rio Grande in Ohio. Check out their website. www.rio.edu

Best choice I ever made. I commuted once every other week for clinicals(12 hours), which were mainly in Chilicothe( 4 out of 5 semesters) with one in Galipolis for mental health(6 hours). If you have questions then please feel free to message me

I need major help. I am one year into my RN program at my local community college. Landed a great job at our trauma center as a PCT while I finished my second year to graduate in May 2012. Well, my ex-husband passed out drunk while watching our children last weekend, my second week of my brand new job, and now I have no childcare for the weekends, which is all I can work because my RN program is Tues-Friday, and was going to work Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the hospital. Now, I have to quit the job because I cannot work on the weekends and cannot even do the 12-hour shift on Mondays (unless my mom helps, but she cannot do the weekends), so just now, a week-and-a-half before I go into my 3rd semester I am thinking I might need to go through an online RN program, which it appears I can do through Excelsior because I am a year in, and then I can keep my job, as I have no other income, no child support (yeah, he's a real scumbag; substance abuse and addiction ruined our marriage). Are there any programs where I can finish my RN online?! I am freaking out, just cannot survive any longer on school loans, been trying to do it, have done it for 3 years, but my family was in a position to lend $ and then I paid it back when I got my grants/loans, but now, with the economy the way it is I have no more help. The only thing at this point I can think of is finding a program online and my hospital is a teaching hospital and they are really great, so I think I can get a preceptor with no problem, but can I just get a preceptor or does the school have to tell me where to go.....Excelsior is the only one I have heard of. Anyone, please, please lead me in the right direction. I also have all my gen ed/foreign language prereqs done for my BSN; I really was rolling along and everything was working as planned until now. I cannot leave my children with their dad on the weekends, so now I have no job unless I can find NLN/NLNAC school to finish my RN and/or RN/BSN. I am not an LPN/LVN, but I know Excelsior takes you with one year done, but are there any other schools??!! I think I checked Excelsior out a while ago and they don't work with my state? I am in Florida. Anybody, please give me any info at all. And I'm searching too today, but I have lots of appts this week, getting all done before school starts in a week and a half, but I am doing my best to find something asap.

I have my first year of ADN program and all prereqs done for BSN too; is there an online program out there that can get me to my RN and/or BSN from this point on?

Any help/info is SO MUCH APPRECIATED! My kids come first, but it's killing me because I have 3 years in of school, one more year to go til I finish my RN and was ready to apply to my school's BSN program in January, but I have no income if I don't work, and school loans, et cetera, just are not enough.


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