Ohio University RN-to-BSN Program - page 4

Since it seems that there's quite a bit of interest, I'm attempting to start a new thread devoted exclusively to the OU on-line RN-BSN program that will hopefully build on the comments on assorted... Read More

  1. by   sandpiper1
    I am in the OU RN to BSN program. I am currently 2 courses away from completion.
    I have my first BS from OU, so I had all the required core courses (They took everything, even though I graduated from OU the first time in 1989!!).
    My recommendations are as follows.
    Take any pre-requisites through a community college.
    They do offer some of them online, but you may need to find a local college to take proctored exams, as was the case with one of my co-workers when taking her nutrition course.
    You can take the first and last course with another class.
    I have taken 2 courses at a time (I did that three occasions)I do not recommend doing so if you are working full-time. Taking a BSN class and a pre-req. is something many of my co-workers have done.
    There are no outside clinical requirements. A bonus for this program.
    You have to be highly motivated and self directed. The nature of any online program.
    There are a few classes that are more challenging than some. That said-this is an accelerated program. It uses a combination of exams, written assignments, 3-5 page papers and discussion posts. The discussion posts do require reading, thought and research!
    Expect to put in the amount of work and time you would for a traditional 10 week course for most classes. It isn't easy, but I will have completed this program in approximately 14 months. A more reasonable time frame, when considering your BSN. I believe every program has positive and negative qualities. I have never had an issue contacting the school nor have I had any issue e-mailing professors. You do have the option of "testing out" of one course-NRSE 310/Health Appraisal. I did so in less than 2 days. It required taking and passing 3 exams and writing a 10 pt. case study. Get the text, review the course content, once loaded and dig in. If you fail that process, you continue taking the course in the traditional manner. It is overwhelming, however, once completed-huge relief. I passed all of the exams with an 80% or better. My only "B" in the program.
    Follow all directions for assignments. Read and take notes. This program was not meant to be an easy BSN. It is challenging and not for those who are looking for an easy way out. I preferred the challenge and the higher expectations of this program, as I feel I have progressed greatly in expanding my knowledge base and I feel better prepared to advance to the rigors of a quality MSN program.
  2. by   Sugarcoma
    I was also very disappointed with the results of my DARs report and realized after analyzing it, it would take much longer than I anticipated to get my BSN through OU. I did feel like my counselor Nina was extremely helpful and easy to get a hold of throughout the process. They also offered me a pretty generous financial aid package of loans. In the end though I really wanted to earn my BSN within a year so I chose to attend the University of Wyoming's RN-BSN program. Were it not for the additional classes OU would have required, I would definitely have went with them.
  3. by   chuckster
    Thank you sandpiper1 for this concise summary. It's good to hear what the program is really like, especially given that one of the replies on this thread recounted that a co-worker stated that she dropped out of the OU program because it was "too easy."

    As I've posted elsewhere in this thread, I applied some time ago and am a bit disappointed by the lack of communication by OU: To date (over a month later) I still don't have confirmation that my application, much less my transcripts, have been received. It would be nice to get some feedback about what stage of the process you're in. This is very different than my experience with my application to UT-A. In that case, I've received both snail and e-mail communications letting me know that my application was received (I applied about 2 weeks after I sent my application to OU) and giving me access to my account on the UT-A student computer system. Today I got a snail mail telling my that they had not yet received all of my transcipts and providing me with directions on how to access the page in my UT-A student account that will track the transcripts as they are recieved by the University. Much different than OU.

    I'm also very anxious to see what my evaluation looks like. My own analysis leads me to believe that I have covered all of the science/math prereqs including statistics, calc, chem, nutrition and micro as well as the other social sciences, fine arts and humanities requirements (I started college an Anthro major and left with a BA in communications, so I've got lots of those kind of classes). Like I said, I'm very interested to see what the OU eval looks like.

    Though I'm leaning toward OU, the eval will be the discriminator in choosing between the 2 programs.
  4. by   mtsteelhorse
    Well, due to circumstances I am holding off on starting OU this month. Once my DARS report was FINALLY completed things starting clipping along. I find it difficult to navigate their website and find what I truly need at times. Anyhow, everyone keep me informed on what's happening with your process. I've certainly been reading some good things about WGU but again, no GPA so not accepted by all schools for graduate programs. Chuckster, I hope you get some solid answers soon!
  5. by   babynurse73
    check out sacred heart university's rn to msn programs. Im taking chemistry on-line now and finding it all good so far. The only thing is the cost is much higher than OU or WGU but not as high as Chamberlain or UOP. SHU has been very organized and prompt. Sometimes you get what you pay for, so to speak. I still have my application and transcripts at OU, but haven't heard a thing so far. I sent the application fee in about 3 weeks ago and I don't think the check has been cashed. I looked into WGU as well, but didn't care for the fact that their "credits" are not transferrable. Sacred Heart may be a viable candidate for you. Check them out and best of luck to you!
  6. by   VinoLover2030
    I applied 2/4/2011. I did get my DAR and welcome packet today. Im def not happy with the initial report. I think it woul just be simple to say this is what you have taken and this is what you need. They dont make it clear cut. The codes they are usiing are not popping up the right grades for me like saying i repeated a class for a grade when I know I never have had to repeat a course. This is just a bit messed up for me. I am due to start May 8 so we shall see. I just wish it was a bit easier to navigate. My job does the outreach program so we shall see
  7. by   mtsteelhorse
    Thanks babynurse73. I came out okay with OU credits...but not initially so don't panic guys! I ended up needed the cross cultural thing (stupid requirement if you already have a BS IMO) but oh well...and of course the 12 nursing courses. I just need to delay starting and will consider other programs. I'm always open to options. Thanks again!
  8. by   VinoLover2030
    Mtsteelhorse: OK thats good to hear because I was really starting to panic/ Im hoping I dont need much.I dont mind talking a few langauge classes
  9. by   mtsteelhorse
    Have you had most of the general ed. classes? Initially I couldn't believe my DARS report...then they finalized it and it looked MUCH better. I'm still trying to grasp the degree of difficulty/time this curriculum requires. I'm not looking for a slide program but quite frankly I don't want to live and breathe school either. I guess we'll see. I'm slated for Fall now after all this. But that's okay. Let me know how it goes for you!
  10. by   VinoLover2030
    I have had quite a bit of gen ed. I knew I may need another english( junior level) and statistics.I didnt think I would need much.
    My DAR report looked like I still needed to meet Nursing requirements from my ASN( I couldnt believe that)
    Off the top of my head I know I have soc, eng 1 &2, Maths done, psych,communication, Microecon, etc. So Im hoping the final gives me credit for all this stuff. Im gonna take Nrse 300 and see how it goes. Ill add the rest in as I can. I work FT i have 2 kids and Im just trying to juggle. Like you I dont want it to totally consume my life but I want to finish ASAP. I know it wont be easy. but Im mentally preparing myself
  11. by   chuckster
    Quote from SShannon81
    I applied 2/4/2011. I did get my DAR and welcome packet today. . . . This is just a bit messed up for me. I am due to start May 8 so we shall see. I just wish it was a bit easier to navigate. My job does the outreach program so we shall see
    Yikes! If this is the timeline to hearing anything from OU (2/4 to 3/24 is roughly 7 weeks), I won't get a response until about the second week of April. That's a long wait with not much buffer time to an 8 Mar semester start. I can only hope that that DAR won't have any unpleasant surprises.
  12. by   OUstudent
    You have to take the Statistics class before you can enroll in Research
    You can not enroll in the Capstone until you have met ALL the other requirements for the degree
    You can not register for Junior Level comp until you have 90 credit hours
    Everything is online including support courses except Sociology...you can take it at Sinclair Community college(cheapest tuition in the state ) but if anyone is interested in their online email me privately missyrn0408@gmail.com I have some tips on this
    PATIENCE when you first dive in..they have thousands of students from what I am told and you don't really find out what they accept or require until you are in the middle of the NRSE 300 class
    Paper writing,bulletin board posts in all but the Strategic Management(my favorite so far) class
    I am "doubling" up on my classes but it is NOT recommended by them. I am getting all A's and working fulltime...yet my kids are older..
    I would be happy to answer any questions if anyone has something specific email me...My word of course is not Gospel according to OU...just my experience thus far. I started in Oct 2010 and will graduate in June 2010. I am a diploma grad with college credits outside my diploma program. I am also going to end u with a dual degree(one from the other college my non nursing course work comes from) .
    Please SCRUTINIZE your DARS report and check for errors. It is to your best interest to do so... just a BIG FYI.
    THEY MUST give you credit for D- and above(State law) from other institutions
    It is my experience that the program is EASY if you do exactly what they tell you =A.
    it is also my experience that they are overwhelmed in advising you and you must take the bull by the horn and not expect anyone to advocate for you(i.e in accurracy of what they give you credit for)
  13. by   OUstudent
    It gets easier with OU as you become familiar with their system. I have found EVERYTIME I reevaluate my progress(I have been through three 5 week sessions) I find something that was missed in transferring my previous work that actually makes the amount of work I need even less! I do admit my previous coursework may be confusing because I am working on another degree and according to this other very prestigious university they had to use all of their 20 years of advising experience in evaluating my prior work!
    There are some quizzes with these courses. They move very quickly so they are not for someone that thinks they can goof off a week here or there. There is CONSTANT work due.