Wow, Jnette is RIGHT ON! I wish I had those same thoughts when I first started out.
Sunny, so many people think that RUE is part of EC (or vice versa) because of the screwey way that RUE words things. What they do is they make study materials that people can buy from them for big bucks to study for the EC exams. That's it. They have NOTHING to do with the college. They are a publishing company, nothing more. Their staff members go and take the EC exams and afterwards write down as much as they can remember from the exam. RUE uses that info. plus the EC content guides to make up their study materials. The whole RUE staff taking the test thing doesn't seem even mildly reliable to me, partially because I know what dumba$$es many of their staff members are. :chuckle And I was told that this is how they obtain the materials that will be covered on the exams by an actual RUE employee, so I'm speaking the truth.
Incidentally, the content guides that that EC has for the exams are provided FREE to students --- they can either mail them to you or you can download them.
I was an idiot and signed on with RUE, but in the long run I ended up using only the free content guides and, as Jnette did, some of the EC recommended books. I bought them used online at sites such as half.com. Sometimes I even used my old LPN school books, since hey---- anatomy is anatomy and it hasn't changed since I was an LPN student.
Whatever you decide to do, DO YOUR RESEARCH. I thought I did, but I didn't do enough. Getting feedback from various impartial people who have been-there-done-that is the best kind of research in my opinion, and that's what you're doing by reading and posting here. You're doing things the smart way---- you're off to one heck of a great start, Sunny!