Hi, my name is Heather... I'm ready to enroll in an online BSN program! I was leaning towards Grand Canyon University, but I just chatted with someone who told me she had to write extensive papers almost every week.. That seems like too much! I understand nursing school is hard, I did the LVN-RN step up program, and eventually want to get my Masters, but the program I'm looking at requires BSN first... Any advice is appreciated.. I'm looking for as simple and fast as possible.. Of course I'd like to have a reasonable cost as well.. Thanks in advance for your help!
Last edit by Joe V on Mar 29, '18
May 27, '13
Kinda depends on what you consider 'easy' and cheap, I guess.
I'm going to WGU - it can be VERY fast (some have completed in one term - but not me, as I have too many non nursing classes to take) and can be very cheap @ 3200/term for all the classes you can fit in, but there's lots of paper writing and it's not 'easy'. I'm not sure you can find the quick,cheap and easy in one package but good luck! (Oh, and I'm Heather too
May 27, '13
I'm Heather too...just graduated this May from Adventist University with a 3.8GPA...$300/credit hour...used to be Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences...very happy with it. They are accredited also.
May 30, '13
I went to UCF in Orlando for my BSN and there is definitely extensive papers to write.
Jun 1, '13
I highly recommend UMass Boston's RN to BSN program. It is all online and the workload is very manageable. Best of all, it is also a brick and mortar school with a good reputation, so it doesn't scream "Internet degree". That being said, I am in no way disparaging online institutions - I do not have any experience with them. I would, however, strongly consider what future employers might be looking for or thinking about when reviewing your resume. UMass Boston also has a chapter of Sigma Theta Tau - I would make sure whatever program you attend has this since as well. Good luck!
Jun 1, '13
I just checked them out, but I don't think spring/fall admissions or an 84 hour clinical in massachusetts falls under fast or easy. is there any way around that?
Jun 1, '13
Have you checked out WGU?
Jun 12, '13
I considered doing my RN-BSN at UMass Boston because I still have my MA nursing license, and my community college nursing credits will definitely transfer, but I thought better of it. I have a prior non-nursing degree from UMass Boston, and I don't recommend the school. Undergrad tuition and mandatory fees are very expensive for a state school, though the online programs, part of Continuing Education, are cheaper.
The worst part for me was that unless you know which strings to pull, no one will tell you anything about anything. That's bad enough when you're physically on campus every day, it's a nightmare when you're only attending online. For that reason alone, I wouldn't recommend UMass Boston to anyone.
Jul 28, '13
I am using Excelsior College. They aren't picky with prerequisites. It's nice that they don't tell you which prerequisites to have like some colleges in Texas that want you to have Texas government and Texas history etc etc. They give a military discount, so it costs me $250 per credit hour.
Apr 3, '14
Hey heather just wanted to know if you ever found out what is the easiest rn-bsn online program you've found. I suck at papers and really don't have time to put in that much work (sounds horrible) but I have a family and work.
Apr 4, '14
I was very happy with Adventist University (formerly Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) but I wouldn't say it's the easiest. It is inexpensive but there are many papers to write (such is a BSN program). I did it working full time while on the Open Heart team taking 20+days of call a month with 4 kids and a husband. I finished with a 3.9 GPA. Good luck to you!
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