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Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 27 years experience.

I am struggling with choosing an online RN to BSN program. I prefer a short term, self guided, inexpensive program. I have another Bachelor's degree. I am hoping not to have to take extra courses if not necessary. Any input would be much appreciated!

777RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, dementia, hospice. Has 6 years experience.

Hi Windynurse!

I am in the same boat with a previous bachelor's. Selecting an RN-BSN program is daunting, isn't it? So many programs exist. At first, I was dead set on attending Western Governors University, despite the flat 3.0 GPA, as the price and format are great! However, after further deliberation, I have decided I would prefer my GPA to more accurately reflect my specific individual performance, in order to be competitive for future studies.

Have you looked at Southern New Hampshire University or Granite State College (GSC)? Both are in New Hampshire and require only nursing classes to award a BSN to nurses with a previous bachelor's degree. The SNHU program consists of five 6-credit courses, which is great and is similar to the University of Massachusetts–Boston online RN-BSN program (it requires recommendations and a clinical rotation in Boston, though everything else is online). GSC requires 7 nursing courses. However, neither program is yet CCNE accredited, being too new to have achieved such accreditation.

I am also considering Ohio University and Notre Dame College, both in Ohio.

Raviepoo

Specializes in hospice.

I'm in the same boat you two are, and I'll be watching this topic. I'm looking (so far) at Penn State, Chamberlain, Drexel, Grand Canyon U, Thomas Edison U, and Excelsior. I'm doing a comparison of costs and required classes. I'll let you know what I find out.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I made myself a list of programs and included info like cost, duration, pros/cons, accreditation (very important to me that it have both national and regional), extra fees like annual fees, tech fees, etc. It really helped me narrow it down.

My wife just graduated from UAB Bsn bridge. It's a very good school

Raviepoo

Specializes in hospice.

If you still have the list could you please post it or PM it to me? Where did you end up doing your BSN?

I made myself a list of programs and included info like cost, duration, pros/cons, accreditation (very important to me that it have both national and regional), extra fees like annual fees, tech fees, etc. It really helped me narrow it down.

Raviepoo

Specializes in hospice.

Does anyone know why some online schools say that they only accept applicants from specific states? Does that have something to do with BON approval or regional accreditation?

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

If you still have the list could you please post it or PM it to me? Where did you end up doing your BSN?

I don't share it now because it's from 2008, so my list is extremely outdated. I've had my BSN since 2010, things have changed, and there are literally hundreds of programs. I did my BSN at Chamberlain.

DisneyRNMSN

Has 10 years experience.

Does anyone know why some online schools say that they only accept applicants from specific states? Does that have something to do with BON approval or regional accreditation?

Online schools have to be approved in every state individually. Many states have no requirements, so it's easy to accept students form there. Some states have more complex requirements. For example, some states may require an onsite evaluation at the HQ's before approval while others just want a copy of the program and its accreditation filed with an application. California and New York are the strictest. Most online schools have an entire department that just deals with state approvals. WGU for example is approved in all 50 states but there was a time when students from GA were not accepted because GA changed their approval process so the school couldn't accept any new students during this approval period.

Windynurse

Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 27 years experience.

Thanks so much for your feedback! I will definitely look into all of the above. It's nice to know there are more of us with "other bachelor's" out there. I wish they made it more straightforward. I've been getting some conflicting info from some of the programs as far as what they require when all is said and done. Please keep me posted with what you end up choosing.

Thanks,

Windynurse :)

Windynurse

Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 27 years experience.

Hi Wendyyvonne,

I'm so glad you suggested Granite State U and Ohio U. They both seem to be quite accommodating and reasonable. I also like the idea of a real GPA. It looks like GSU has their site visit for CCNE in a few months. Their website says you can apply online for free. I may just click that button. Do you know anyone who has actually applied there?

Thanks!

Windynurse :)

Windynurse

Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 27 years experience.

So, I just did it. I hit the APPLY NOW tab on the Granite State website. The next morning I was conditionally accepted and they had already found my RN license number to add to my application. Looks like I may only need 5-6 classes. If this works out, I will be so relieved. I'd love to hear from anyone who has actually gone there!

Thanks,

Windynurse

777RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, dementia, hospice. Has 6 years experience.

Congrats on taking the plunge and getting conditionally accepted, Windynurse!

I do not personally know anyone who has gone through the Granite State or Ohio University RN-BSN program, though many nurses on this site have gone through Ohio U's program. I believe Granite State is brand new, so I haven't seen any posts on it yet.

As far as Granite State's program is concerned, from what I've read, those with a previous bachelor's or master's degree are required to take only nursing courses. However, I am counting 7 of them:

NUR 602 (under early course group), NUR 603, NUR 604, NUR 607, NUR 608, NUR 606, and NUR 650. Five would be even better!

Nevertheless, despite the one-size-fits-all GPA, I keep getting pulled to WGU, due to the lure of the low price and work-as-fast-as-you-want pace. I also really liked the Notre Dame College program, based on what's on the website. However, I did find a discrepancy between what's posted on the Web and what the school emailed me directly. Unfortunately, not all the requirements and details are listed on the Web, so I find that a bit misleading. For example, 9 nursing courses are listed as required, but there's no mention of a nursing elective, theology course, or 36 credits in residence requirement.

Anyway, good luck to you and please keep us posted!

Windynurse

Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 27 years experience.

Thanks again Wendyyvonne!

I think you are right about Granite State being 7 classes. I was reading that I might get credit for my NCC certification, but now I see that it is probably just a General Elective credit. All the same, it still seems like a good program. They state that they waive ALL other prerequisites for a second Bachelor's degree. Ohio U is not an option for me because I guess they aren't taking applications from California at this time.

I agree with you about WGU. It sounds so intriguing to just jump in and get it done. One of my co-workers went there and she highly recommends it. I just have a thing about a brick and mortar institution with a real GPA.

This is such a difficult decision to make. When I called WGU and Grand Canyon, they didn't seem to be that well informed about what I would really need. Same with UTA, although that one is still appealing. I looked at Notre Dame, but there seem to be ALOT of prerequisites if you read between the lines.

Please keep me posted on what you find out and if you decide on a program.

For now, in case I follow through with Granite State, I got a book, "Psych Statistics for Dummies," lol, to help me prepare for their research class. I also found a few online free lectures through UC Berkley and U of Michigan. Granite State does not require you to take Statistics if you have another Bachelor's. It can't hurt, even if I do end up taking Statistics somewhere else.

That's it for now.

Windynurse ;)

777RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Geriatrics, dementia, hospice. Has 6 years experience.

Hi again!

For what it's worth, Grand Canyon University is a for-profit institution, which completely rules it out for me. While I understand the draw to for-profit institutions, as they often don't make students jump through as many hoops their non-profit counterparts, they tend to be exorbitantly overpriced and are often not looked favorably upon by the workplace or academia. Plus, a bunch of them are in big trouble right now.

Anyway, Against All Odds: Inside Statistics is a fabulous video series on statistics, which I took for my first bachelor's and just recently in my master's program. I hope you find it as informative as I did.

Best,

Wendy

Windynurse

Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 27 years experience.

Thanks!

Great info! So much to consider! The search is not over!

Windynurse

Raviepoo

Specializes in hospice.

University of Texas at Arlington. The largest nursing school in the nation. Part of the public University of Texas system. Online RN to BSN consists of 8 nursing courses, 35 hours at $257 per credit hour for a total of $8995.00. Classes are 5 weeks long, with rolling admissions every 6 weeks. It takes 9 months to finish. CCNE and regional accreditation in place. I might have found a winner.

Windynurse

Specializes in Maternal Newborn. Has 27 years experience.

Hi Raviepoo.

I may be gravitating toward that one (UTA) too! I was hesitant because of the extra classes they require, but compared to the other programs, it does seem to be a front runner. Granite State was looking good, but after closer review, each class is a whole semester long, and a minimum of 4 credits. There is a strict sequence to taking each class. It would actually take longer to complete. It may be a scratch after all.

Still searching.......

The second time I called UTA, I spoke with Miesha. She was very helpful and reviewed all of my previous coursework with me on the phone. I will get credit for my RNC certification which counts as one nursing class. She offered me conditional acceptance to begin the Professional Nursing class (6 CR) while waiting for my transcripts to arrive and be evaluated.

I'm still considering WGU, but UTA definitely has a good reputation, GPA, and a brick & mortar presence.

Let me know what you decide and why. It is so stressful being in limbo!

Windynurse ;)