Originally posted by wanna be l&d
i already have a masters in counseling and am wondering if there's any online programs for me to get my rn?
Not to keep tooting the horn of Deaconess, but you may want to look into this nursing school if you are looking for a distance Ed program.
Deaconesses accepts students with none, some or even those with nursing degrees. What I mean is if you have no prior nursing experience you would begin at the beginning. If you are a licensed LPN you would begin with the ADN portion. If you have your RN licensure you can go into the BSN program.
You mentioned that you have a masters in counseling which may or may not cover the required gen Ed courses. I say this because there are several science classes that are part of the Deaconess as well as most nursing programs that you may not have had during your schooling for counseling. If you don't have the A & P I and II, Chemistry and Microbiology you can take those through your local college or through an approved (by Deaconess) school through distance Ed. It is very important that you be sure that any classes that you want to take and plan to transfer to this school are approved prior to taking them.
I have read much discussion on the cost of Deaconess on this BB. I have to say that yes this is the most expensive program that I considered but it is also the one I feel has the merit. They are a nursing college and have been long before they added the distance programs. The school is accredited by numerous nursing associations and for that reason they would not add a distance program that would jeopardize their accreditation. Also as was mentioned on another post, the ADN program is currently in it's first year and there are no graduates at this point. I have been corresponding to one of the current students and she is extremely happy with the program and the professionalism of the school overall.
The bottom line is whatever program you decide to pursue will ultimately come down to you. No matter how good the reputation of the school, no matter how great it's NCLEX pass rate is, no matter how $$ or inexpensive the program is has absolutely no bearing on YOUR outcome.
My very best to you in whatever you decide.
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