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Please share info about Indiana State University LPN-BSN Program?

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I am a recent graduate (2012) of the LPN-BSN program at ISU. I have nothing but praise for the program. I am from Wisconsin! I have no idea what happened in California. You must be a well organized, self-sufficient person to be able to articipate and graduate from a program such as this. You find your own preceptors and clinical sites. Perhaps because I had been an LPN for 20 years afforded me the experience necessary to do well in a program such as this. Once again...I have nothing but praise for ISU's LPN-BSN Program!

How long did it take u to complete the program...pre reqs in all? I'm in the same situation...I took an accelerated LPN class so I have no pre reqs.

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Sweet&Petite, RN specializes in Women's Health.

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Hi Allnaturalnurse, just let me know what you need to know. My email is dbracy0002@email.vccs.edu. I don't always check allnurses website but I do check my email everyday. My overall experience with the school and the nursing department has been wonderful. The classes are easy to follow on blackboard. If you study and do the work, you will get a good grade. It is the student's responsible to stay on top of assignments but they do reach out to the students if something is missing or late. When I email my instructors, they get back to me usually the same day. I never get the run around. When I call the school (Admission, Financial aid, nursing dept), I always get a person on the line. If I don't get someone and leave a message, someone calls me back within 24-48 hours. Financial aid has been very helpful and as long as you submit your fafsa and submit your required documents, you wont have any problems. The bottom line is....What you put in, is what you get out? Online programs obviously have its challenges. You have to be a well rounded individual. I manage to balance school, work full time (40 hrs), being a wife, and being a mother. Your dedication and commitment is what will get you to the finish line. It is hard work finding preceptors/clinical sites but I have remained committed. I send numerous email and made numerous calls. In the end, I earned what I worked hard for. The key is to look for preceptors in advance. You may get a lot of no's but there is always going to be that one facility that says yes. The school will give you a list of places that have contracts already in place and I only used facilities from the list. That has worked very well for me so far. I am very pleased with my decision to attend ISU LPN to BSN program.

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Tell me more please!? What were the four exams like?

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How long did it take to finish

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Hi how long did it take you to complete phase 3

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1soon2brn has 8 years experience as a RN.

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Hi have you completed this program yet? If so can you give your overall experience? Im from Texas and im considering this program.

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Yeah I'm just trying to figure out how long it takes if all pretty reqs are done? Can you only take 2 nursing courses at a time?

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catscheesy has 3 years experience as a CNA.

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That makes me feel a whole lot more at ease. Thank you so much for posting your experience so far being in the ISU nursing program. Good luck to you and KEEP IT UP! :yes:

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Sweet&Petite, RN specializes in Women's Health.

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I just graduated from ISU's LPN to BS program. I started this journey Fall 2012 and graduated Summer 2015. I took 1-2 classes at a time due to working while in the program. It was very tough but doable with the proper commitment and dedication. Overall, I really enjoyed ISU. The admission process was smooth. Most of the instructors were very academically supportive. They respond to emails and calls within 1-2 days. The financial aid department answers the phone if you call. I used federal student aid, loans, grants etc., and had no problems. I was originally concerned about the financial aid department because I was an out of state student which meant high cost. I didn't want to receive any sketchy bills like I've read about online with some other schools. No shaddy business with the financial aid department.

The most challenging thing is finding preceptors and clinical sites. The school gives you a list but you still must do the legwork and make arrangements. Ex. (reaching out to the DON, Nursing educator) Many facilities are not used to a nursing student being on the unit without a clinical instructor as it presents a liability issue. ISU does require you have nursing insurance and one of the facilities requested I up my limits in order to use there facility. Therefore, they are sometimes hesitant to approve the arrangement. My best advice is to present yourself professionally and have all your clinical paperwork together.

In you live in the Hampton Roads/ Eastern Virginia area, Sentara facilities were more than helpful in arranging clinical. It is much easier to find a BSN preceptor with 3+ years of experience with Sentara because they require all new grads and current employees to obtain a BSN. I even did some of my clinical rotations on night shift and on the weekend since I was a working LPN.

So far as the program, it is very time consuming. I literally spent 4-6 hours daily during the week. Sometimes I would spend all day Sat and Sun working on assignments. They require you to take proctored test, take timed quizzes, make postings on blackboard, participate in online discussions, write evidenced based practice papers, participate in group projects, and NCLEX prep. This program is very parallel to a brick in mortar school. Do not think because the program is online that it is the easy way out. It is not!

I started out working full-time as an LPN but towards the last two semesters I had to stop working. I am glad I did. The last semester is intense NCLEX preparation with hundreds of questions daily. It all worked out for me because I passed the NCLEX-RN first time with bare minimum questions and many of my classmates did too. :nurse:

Overall, I highly recommend ISU's LPN to BS program. I had a great experience.

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