I also am trying (really hard) not to bash The College Network, but it seems like a total ripoff.
A co-worker of mine recently signed with TCN. I have seen the content guides and I agree, it is nicely organized, but Excelsior's Exam Content Guides give reading assignments which tell you exactly what to read in the textbooks. Most of the wording is almost exactly as it appears in the textbooks. You can buy all of the textbooks brand new (or even cheaper used on Amazon
or Half.com) WAY cheaper than TCN's binders, which cost over $400 each. That's over $3000 for all of the Nursing Concepts alone. Then you have to pay $220 through Excelsior to take each exam on top of that. (This also does not include any of Excelsior's fees, such as the $75 Application fee or the $895 Enrollment fee.) TCN offers a nice payment plan, but you'll likely be paying >$100/month for years. Also look on Ebay, not only for TCN's binders but there are also discs w/notes and practice tests, but I don't know how credible they are. There are also some study groups in Yahoo Groups.
An area Sales Representative visits your home and tries to smooth talk you into buying the content guides, similar to how a time share salesperson tries to get you to buy into vacation property. When I asked my co-worker why he did this when there are better alternatives (in my opinion) he stated it all sounded so nice, easy and convenient. And he felt as if he owed it to the salesperson because he took the time to visit him at home to explain the program to him. (I honestly think he really just didn't have the B***s to tell him no.)
I know I am probably going to catch a lot of crap for what I am saying in this post. I truly do not mean to offend anyone who is an advocate of or who is using TCN, and I realize what works for one person may not work for another. Just my 2 cents.