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The College Network - Legit or Scam?

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Hey, I recently just signed up for TCN a day ago. I have 2 more days until I can cancel my membership. I wanted to know your guys' opinion of the college network. From what the representative told me, it is accredited. They cover all your pre-reqs fee's(books, exam fee's, etc.). But what else is there that I dont know? Is this a legit program? I searched TCN reviews and I got this - http://the-college-network.pissedconsumer.com/the-college-network-is-a-scam-20080630125757.html

It's scaring the crap outta me. I was really excited to start this program but now I am second guessing it. Can someone please help me. I need to know soon before I won't be able to cancel my contract. Thanks

oh and does anyone know of any legit online LVN to BSN/RN courses? Thanks

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

The College Network is not even an LPN-to-RN program, so the salesperson was fibbing when he/she stated that it was accredited. How can a study system be accredited? I was unaware that an entity exists that accredits learning modules and study systems. Even though the three-day cancellation period has not elapsed, I doubt that you will be able to get out of your contract. Others have tried, but have gotten nowhere.

The College Network is not an online or distance LPN-to-RN program. The College Network is nothing more than a publishing company engaged in the business of selling study materials that eventually lead to a nursing degree from Excelsior (LPN-to-RN) or Indiana State (LPN-to-BSN).

Most people are able to earn their LPN-to-RN bridge program nursing degree directly from Excelsior or ISU without ever going through expensive publishing companies such as the College Network. In addition, people have attempted to get out of contracts drawn by TCN, and all were unsuccessful.

Buyer beware. . .

There are enough negative posts about The College Network on this site to convince you to cancel the contract before the three days are up. You can buy the TCN study guides for $15 to $30 apiece on ebay under "Excelsior College". Save your money.

BeachCathyRN

Specializes in Revenue Integrity, Rehab, RAC Auditor. Has 35 years experience.

CANCEL, CANCEL, CANCEL that contract as fast as you can and save your money. Just use the books Excelsior suggest and save the money you would have spent on TCN to pay for your CPNE!!!

wintersantanaRN

Specializes in homecare, rehab,sub acute.

Cancel Them !!!!!!! I signed up with them in 2008. I was scammed into thinking they were a college but found out the truth after the cancellation window passed. I am now working on completing my ADN through EC using TCN's expensive modules, but if I knew then what I know now I would have went straight through the school and not given any money to TCN.

Good luck

CANCEL IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I also bought the college network material and failed the first test that I used their material for. You can do the program without College Network!!!! I graduated from Excelsior, took NCLEX today and know that purchasing the materials from the college network was a waste of money!!!! Take it from a successful, soon to be RN you do not need college network. :nurse:

Murse901, MSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Case Management, Informatics. Has 13 years experience.

TCN is a legitimate scam.

lifelearningrn, BSN, RN

Specializes in School Nursing. Has 7 years experience.

Get out of the contract ASAP! The College Network is very scammy in that the misrepresent themselves. They see you materiel to study so you can "test out" of subjects.

Don't walk, run away.

Hello,

I have been in the TCN system for 2 years and I have been very happy with the resources and support that I have received.

I have not had to buy any text books from Excelcior, and have not paid any tuition, other than the registration fee, which is what was explained to me when I signed the contract. They are not affiliated with EC which was also explained. This program is for someone who is self motivated and does not need feedback when studying, for example: listening to dumb questions from other students in class or teachers rambling on about their experiences. Just scientific medical facts are included in the modules. I have passed ALL tests, the first time I have taken them, with just the TCN modules, and a Tabers, and a colorful anatomy diagram . I got an A in anatomy and Physiology.

This is late I know , perhaps you canceled your contract, but if not, The comments above sound like there is some baggage unopened that the writers need to personally deal with and not throw at you. What is good and works for some people does NOT work for others, and I am very thankful that we are all very different.

Sincerely, Nancy

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

No baggage from me, Nancy ... I just hate seeing people get sucked into contracts that will cost them thousands extra in the long run. You will eventually pay Excelsior as well as TCN, so why not save the money and go directly to Excelsior? It just makes sense (and cents, haha). There are less expensive ways to procure study guides.

Nancy, how far along are you in the program? Welcome to allnurses, and the distance learning forum! There are a lot of EC students and graduates here who can offer support and advice, or who need support from others.

Murse901, MSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency, Case Management, Informatics. Has 13 years experience.

Hello,

I have been in the TCN system for 2 years and I have been very happy with the resources and support that I have received.

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Considering the fact that NancyLynn joined allnurses just to make this post, I'd bet my bottom dollar that Nancy is a College Network rep trolling and attempting to do damage control. I see these kinds of first-posts on other forums and distance learning sites. It always ends up being a TCN troll.

Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

I give everyone the benefit of the doubt, at first. :D

Considering the fact that NancyLynn joined allnurses just to make this post, I'd bet my bottom dollar that Nancy is a College Network rep trolling and attempting to do damage control. I see these kinds of first-posts on other forums and distance learning sites. It always ends up being a TCN troll.

Why would anyone find it necessary to defend such a decision?

savvy-nurse

Specializes in ICU (all), ER, PACU,Psych, Mother/Baby. Has 14 years experience.

Hi...I have to agree with Nancy.

Overall impression of TCN:

TCN is not a college. Although they do offer course modules. The accreditation of the courses, I believe, comes from the companies that offer the exams you sit for. These test centers are recognized by accredited colleges. TCN is a network of accredited colleges - a broker so to speak. I signed up for my Masters program through The College Network and have been very happy with the results.

Caution:

You do have to pay attention to sales pitch when you sign up. I almost signed the contract then I realised that it required me signing up for a new Commuity bank in Nevada. I belong to my local community bank so I did not sign but that meant coughig up some dough up front. In the end I saved about $750. Sure I missed the cash later but that was my choice.

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The modules did work for me. I only bought the ones I felt I could follow outside of a classroom setting. I studied and passed on the first try. However, studying from the comfort of your home requires major discipline. If you have hesitations about your ability to do so, attend a community college for the classes you need. TCN did facilitate my admission process. While I attended Regis University, I met quite a few nurses that joined through TCN. They were all happy. My classroom textbooks came from Amazon.com.

Disclaimer: I have NO affiliation with TCN other than that of a happy consumer.

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Pixie.RN, MSN, RN

Specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN. Has 13 years experience.

As many have said, you can find the TCN modules on eBay and elsewhere without signing a contract for thousands of dollars. No one is really disputing that their materials might be helpful, but in the case of Excelsior's ADN program, it does add thousands to the bottom line. THOUSANDS. Seriously.

lissa6800

Specializes in Ortho, OB/GYN, long-term care. Has 13 years experience.

Hello,

This is late I know , perhaps you canceled your contract, but if not, The comments above sound like there is some baggage unopened that the writers need to personally deal with and not throw at you. What is good and works for some people does NOT work for others, and I am very thankful that we are all very different.

Sincerely, Nancy

Not having used TCN I have no personal knowledge but as an LPN for 13 years I do trust my state (AR) board when they say that they do not accept any student that has used The College Network for NCLEX. They have been banned from our state because of the things that were posted in the above comments. I do recommend to any distance learner that they call and speak directly with someone that knows the accredidations and ask what is and is not approved in your state. It is a costly mistake to complete a program that is not acknowledged by your state and you can not sit for NCLEX exam.

txspadequeenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU, PICC Nurse, Nursing Supervisor. Has 20 years experience.

this is because tcn is not a college but only a publisher of modules to assist you with passing the ec exams. they do not grant degrees and they do not grant credits in any shape or form...this has been said a thousand times on this forum. bottom line is it is expensive and not required. these modules can be purchased from e-bay for a fraction of the cost without a person being locked into a contract. the student still has to go through ec for their degree . also ec has payment plans and scholarships that help greatly with the cost. there are many outside sources to help a person study for these exams without getting themselves into a contract for years. and yes i have had my own personal nightmare with tcn and wish i had sought out the advice on this forum before i signed that contract.......

not having used tcn i have no personal knowledge but as an lpn for 13 years i do trust my state (ar) board when they say that they do not accept any student that has used the college network for nclex. they have been banned from our state because of the things that were posted in the above comments.
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