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Hi can anyone tell me if The College Network is a great independent study program that works well w/ EC? I will like to start next month but want to make sure I know everything I will be getting into.

rehab nurse

Specializes in rehab; med/surg; l&d; peds/home care.

ok, i'll bite!

as an EC student who has done everything but the CPNE (5 weeks to go!), including all pre-reqs, i would recommend you research a bit before signing a contract. to tell you frankly, those thousands of dollars you will spend could be spent in other ways.

are you a good test-taker? everyone learns differently. some need to read alot more than others. if you can follow an outline and have the main book in the recommended reading list from Excelsior, you could read the chapters, or skim them if it's stuff you know just for review, and just make notes. that's how i did it. i never used a publishing company. i did every course with the main book and just read what i needed to. excelsior has a course outline with the recommended books, and tells you exactly what you need to know for the exam.

there are lots of threads on this subject. try doing a search if you want more info from other people asking this same question.

just so you know, you DO NOT need any publishing company (rue, college network, chancellors, etc) to take these exams. they are a company wishing to sell study materials, nothing more. as a student of ec, you get that for free anyways. you can buy the required texts on ebay, try to locate older editions of the same text, go to half.com, etc. that's how i got all my books. i also used the saunders nclex-rn review book to go along. that is a great reference for ec's program. i used some of my LPN books as well, and those are 10 years old! the internet and google is a great way to search for subject matter you need additional help with. ebay also sells used college network guides, rue guides, etc from former students.

hope i helped you out a bit. i know it's kind of hard to figure out how to start ec's program. it took me a few exams to get into the groove of it. another wonderful resource for some of the exams is ec's practice exams. they are invaluable in knowing if you are prepared for a specific exam.

good luck! if you need any more help, feel free to PM me! i'll be glad to help you out any way i can!

I used the College network and thought their books were great. I passed everything on the first try. I wanted all the information in one book. My advice to you is to get the books from ebay. Don't sign the expensive contract. Save your money for other things like the CPNE!!

Good Luck,

Tammy

EricJRN, MSN, RN

Specializes in NICU.

Another vote for exercising caution with publishing companies. Works for some people, but certainly not necessary for many.

movinup

Specializes in home care and geriatrics.

I used the College network and thought their books were great. I passed everything on the first try. I wanted all the information in one book. My advice to you is to get the books from ebay. Don't sign the expensive contract. Save your money for other things like the CPNE!!

Good Luck,

Tammy

aexpensice contract? you mean with Excelsior? I just spoke with a college network rep yesterday and it sounds pretty appealing

MrsWampthang, BSN, RN

Specializes in Emergency room, med/surg, UR/CSR.

aexpensice contract? you mean with excelsior? I just spoke with a college network rep yesterday and it sounds pretty appealing

Yes it is very expensive. I bought into the contract and recieved a bunch of study guides, all of which are collecting dust on the shelf in my room. They quoted me one price and then sent me a letter stating that I needed more courses than originally figured so they sent me more expensive study guides which they tacked onto the already highly expensive student loan they talked me into getting for these "study guides." Do what others have suggested, find the study guides on ebay and take the tests. Just a suggestion. Meanwhile, I think I will list my study guides on Ebay. Some haven't even been taken out of the plastic yet! Good luck!!

Pam

movinup

Specializes in home care and geriatrics.

I did quite a bit more research last night. I am having some difficulty wrapping my head around some of it for some reason. Thus far it seam like a better plan to take the pre-req classes locally at a cc and then just do the Excelsior testing. that is where i get confused. dont you have to pay to pay to enroll in excelsior and also pay tuition for their nursing classes??the local nursing program just doesn't relaly work for me since I have young kids. thanks!!

Hi thanks for all that replyed. and I hope it also helped others. Well getting the guides off ebay sounds great. I will not sign w/ college network or no one else. I will either do everything w/ EC or my CC then go w/ EC. So thanks you don't know how much I found out from the help I got from this room.

Spazzy Nurse, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, MI/CD, Neurology.

Trustar, I am so glad you decided not to go with a 3rd party. I am yet another one who made that mistake, only to end up not using the materials and using only the EC content guide.

Movinup, the gen. ed. exams through EC are the same as the NC exams. You pay to enroll, and you pay to take the test. They have a (free) content guide that outlines exactly what is on the exam. You know that outline and everything about everything in it, you pay to take the exam, you pass. Simple as that. EC writes the exams, so I wouldn't trust anyone other than EC to tell you what you need to know for these exams. You can take the generals at another college, but make sure that before you do these classes will transfer to EC.

CSLee3

Specializes in Instructor/ER/Sports Med.

I wonder if anyone tried to send all the study guides back to them and quit paying the fees. Would they hire Guido to come and get you or sue?

I am wondering,too. I was just informed that Excelsior College graduates will no longer be eligible to obtain initial licensure in Maryland if not enrolled in Excelsior before July 25th 2006. Now I have books I can not use. The College Network says they do not give refunds.

Hi All. To those who are considering going thru The College Network, my advise is Don't do it! $2000 + and only 7 study guides with zero further help will get you all of the new (within the last edition or two) and thru the majority of the NC exams. Although many might find it quaint and old fashioned, I tend to use the EC study guides, read the texts (a great deal of ground to cover), yet feel like I've learned something for all of my trouble. Review guides? Great for review. Good luck!

In my opinion, and I'm scheduled to take NC1 in the next week, the EC study guides are as vague as you can get. They are not easy to follow to research exactly what they want you to know. Maybe it will get easier as I go through the nursing exams, but for now, they don't help much.

Spazzy Nurse, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, MI/CD, Neurology.

In my opinion, and I'm scheduled to take NC1 in the next week, the EC study guides are as vague as you can get. They are not easy to follow to research exactly what they want you to know. Maybe it will get easier as I go through the nursing exams, but for now, they don't help much.

You're right--- they're not. But that is also why they work. You get a broad outline and by making it very detailed you are studying.

You'll get used to them. :) Best of luck on your exam!!

I wonder if anyone tried to send all the study guides back to them and quit paying the fees. Would they hire Guido to come and get you or sue?

I did just that. I signed up without researching other avenues. When I finally did look at some other options I found out that the college network had me taking about 10 classes I didn't need. I never used the material at all and sent it all back.

They hounded me for about a year and then I guess they gave up because I never hear from them anymore.

I'm An Lpn Working In Ltc. I've Completed All My Prereq's At Our Local College But Now Have To Wait To Get Into Transition Until Next Year. Thinking About Excelsior. I'm A Good Test Taker/solo Learner But I'm Also Not Sure About Excelsior. I Met With College Network. I Was Advised I Would Only Need To Take The Nursing Portion (all My Prereqs Tranfer). I Don't Know Anyone Who Has Went Through Excelsior And Hear Alot Of Negative Feedback About The Fail Rate Of The Clinical Portion And How Alot Of States Aren't Wanting To Recognize The Program Anymore. I Would Love It If Someone Would Reply To This, Expecially Someone In The Program Or Has Completed It. How Long Does It Take For The Nursing Portion To Be Completed? Thanks To All! This Is My First Time On Here So I Apologize If I Didn't List This In The Right Area. Hope To Hear From Someone Soon!

Spazzy Nurse, RN

Specializes in Mental Health, MI/CD, Neurology.

I Met With College Network. I Was Advised I Would Only Need To Take The Nursing Portion (all My Prereqs Tranfer).

Just remember, it was College Network who told you your courses will transfer, NOT EC. As you probably know, CN is in NO WAY affiliated with EC. EC has the final say in the matter of courses which will transfer. CN can give you somewhat of an idea, but nothing is for sure until EC says it.

Hey Rylee,

I didn't see your question answered so here ya go!

Excelsior college is a good school and will get you to your RN (ASN). The path through Excelsior can be tough if you do not know what you're doing. Honestly, the classroom is where some of us procrastinators need to go into in order to learn. Other of us can do a mighty fine job of just reading and getting all the stuff we need. They are accredited in most states. It is important to call your local board to be sure. Being personally motivated is important though!

As for the clinical portion, it is tough. I guess they have to be because it is a one weekend thing. EC publishes a book that gets you all the stuff you can be tested on. That means they give you a book with all the answers. The fee is nasty so you'll want to be ready. The reason nurses fail is because they don't do it per the book. People fail because of not washing their hands enough, or bedrails, or dropping stuff and re-using it. We're talking duuuuuuh. The book is all you need.

Which brings me to the next point (answering the title of the thread). My personal experience with the college network has been a good one. Excelsior's study guides ask you to get multiple books and in some cases journal articles. They are also very vague and leave too much up in the air. The college network took that guess work out for me.

With all that being said, distance learning isn't for everyone. I had my days of motivation issues. Also, I picked college network over the other ones mentioned earlier because they actually have partnerships with real universities and the NLN.

Oh and here is the Maryland quote from the Maryland Board of Nursing:

Excelsior is not an approved program and it was

bought back for clarification of last months notion.

Excelsior College does not meet Maryland nursing

program requirements because it does not offer

academic or clinical learning experiences.

They had a notice saying if you are enrolled before such and such date...

I guess if I were to sum all my rambling up, it would be, know your options and pick the one that works best for you.

Zippy

p.s. I am using the college network for another degree through another university!

Mudwoman

Specializes in Certified Diabetes Educator.

College Network. AUGH! I bought the 7 study guides and I did use them, but I also used the text books that EC recommended. I will make someone a great deal on these! The state of Arkansas has a class action suit pending against College Network. College Network sent out an ugly letter stating that if we loose, they are going to sue us for damages. So what.

I did Excelsior because I just can't fit regular classes into my schedule now. I spent years taking a class at a time at the local community college to get in all my pre-reqs. I have finished everything and I'm now waiting for my scheduled CPNE date.

It is easy to get side tracked with Excelsior. At one point, I just could not get motivated to study and if you fail one of the tests, you have to be able to pick yourself up and try again. It is not necessarily the fastest track to RN, but it is the most flexible.

Hello I'm Elidel I will be starting Excelsior college and the counceslor told me that I am able to purchases my books on my own. I do not have to go to a publisher or sign a contract. U can buy your books on your own ebay, halfprice, amazon and its very very inexpensive than signing a contract. I also hear there is alot of reading material. Does anyone know of anyone who has taken the clinical exam through excelsior. And how was it? I have heard several stories like they only give u 3 chances to pass the clinical examination. elidel

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