I've been reviewing the RN BSN thread thoroughly in the past few days and it's very helpful! Thanks esp for the spreadsheet-saved me time AND gave me ideas of schools I would not have considered. However, some of the info is dated and I thought it might be good to start a fresh thread.
I'm an old RN with a diploma in nursing and a BS from Excelsior that has a ton of hours, many in nursing including most upper division ones-they had expried before I finished. I was looking for an RN to Master's, but think I might as well get BSN first.
I'll list the programs I've contacted with info I've discovered. I am only looking at programs that I consider reasonably priced and that are accredited.
Excelsior I decided not to get degree from them after discovering that even though I have degree from them (but no credits directly from them), I'll have to get all the other colleges/universities I took credit from to send transcripts. According to the ifno at the time I sent my money, one of the advantages of the degree was so that I'd have a consolidated transcript. They gave us options of ways to get credits they required and I always found a real course rather than taking their tests. Even Western Governor's won't use the transcript. Really, that BS is doing me no good so see no point in a BSN from them. I know lots of people are and I don't won't to discourage you..
Western Governor's I've been talking to them and had planned to go there but have decided a traditional university with an on-line program is probably better since I already have the one nontraditional degree.
Jacksonville state university (the Alabama one) Tuition is 2580 per semester for the first 2 semesters, then 3096 for the third-I'm out of state. It's same in state I think. They have made a great first impression-when i was explaining my background, the peson answering asked another person to listen in who could advise me better. They are willing to look at all the credits unofficially and advise me. Nice! Their admissions cutoff is Dec 1 for winter
University of Texas El Paso http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/son
Rolling admissions Their website says it's possible to finish in 27 weeks. They have 6 week terms. Tuition is listed as a flat rate of 7645 for the entire program. However, there is a comment about an additional 10 hours. Left them a message to clarify. It sounds pretty appealing.
University of Wyoming http://outreach.uwyo.edu/ocp/nursing.asp Link says 94/credit hour plus 40 delivery fee. There is clinical in community health which can be completed in the community. I won't apply there-deadline was Oct 1 for spring.
Slippery Rock http://www.sru.edu/pages/2187.aspA Pennsylvania state schoold. 2832/12 credits. It looks like they require 33 upper division nursing plus 6 other credits, also looks like they lump many of general requirements together, rather than detailing each course required which makes many of us have many duplicate/extra credits. I may call them.
Clarion Also Penn state school and works with Slippery Rock.A nurse on this board said she only has to do 28 credits.
Fort Hays University Kansas ttp://www.fhsu.edu/virtualcollege/degrees/bachelors/nursing/index.htm
168/credit hour. 30 credits plus prereqs. They have already returned call, though I missed them. There is a forum with mixed feedback about their distance learning programs in general, but no nurses were on it.
I also looked briefly at Texas Tech, UNC Chapel Hill but I'd missed deadlines or it would take too long.
Woud love feedback on these or other traditional schools with on-line programs.