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Who out there is using The College Network modules for testing? Are they helpful?

Most have found the College Network to be very expensive and it's unecessary to use them as you can find the books on ebay. I know that ISU seems to encourage you to go through them. If you do some research you can find their material much cheaper than going through them. Good Luck

Also, if your plans change at some point in the future and you're not able or not wanting to continue with TCN, you will still be obligated to pay for the entire program, as specified in the contract they require you to sign. It's not a "pay as you go" system where you can change your mind, ask them to stop sending the modules, and quit paying.

If you find you want to use TCN study modules, do yourself a favor and buy them used on ebay for $15 to $30 apiece instead of signing a contract for more than $5000.

Elkpark is right. Be very careful signing up for this program as they will hold your feet to the fire and insist on full payment even if you change your mind. I am going to have to file bankruptcy just to erase this debt and my credit will be ruined for a long time because I did not read the fine print. It is not pay as you go as most legit college's are. If you stop using them they will demand that you pay. My opinion is to stay away and if you still decide to use them read EVERY paper the shove in front of you to sign. They will try and rush the signing of these papers and that is how I got into trouble by thinking that I could read them later on and get out of it if I wanted to. They use high pressure salesmen ship like a used car dealer. Any college that wants all money up front and not pay as you use does not have your best in mind.


It was not the college that demanded the money upfront, it was the publishing company. If you decide that Excelsior College is not for you, you can drop the program, and will incur no further fees, just like with any other college. However, if you have signed a contract with The College Network, you will fulfill the terms of the contract, whether or not you finish the Excelsior College program, or they will sue you.

I just completed the MSN program through College Network in August. Using their modules allowed me to get through my classes quicker, and at less expense. They were also very helpful and supportive along the way. I would definitely go through them again.

I am presently using the college network materials for the Excelsior Nursing Program and have had considerable success with testing based on these modules. I have taken seven exams. Results: five "A"'s and two "B"s. My GPA is 3.8. I would highly recommend them. . . Good Luck to you if you decide on using these materials.


Specializes in med/surg, telemetery, gerentology. Has 3 years experience.

I am currently using TCN. I have passed all 4 tests that I have taken. I feel they condense the material into 1 module instead of using several books. Also, easier to pack wherever you go.


Specializes in Med/Surg. Has 7 years experience.

Just my 2 cents: I spend around $6500 to get my ASN trough Excelsior (total, including airplane tickets and a hotel for CPNE). There is NO WAY I would pay someone $5000 on top of that for books or study materials. Studygroup101 had all study modules for $55 or something like that. You can buy books from half.com or Amazon used, one edition down for a fraction of a cost. Even if you going to use TCN modules, buy them on e-bay, do not sign the contract with them. Waste of money.

Edited by happydrunkcat

Agree happy. I bought a few used TCN study guides off ebay for what I state, $15 to $30, and wasn't even satisfied with what I got for that price. I can't imagine getting taken for a $5000 + contract.


Specializes in med/surg, telemetery, gerentology. Has 3 years experience.

I bought a cd from Studygroup101 for HDLS1. The notes are not up-to-date. They are based on the NC series not the Health Difference series. For example: LS1 is about cardio, resp, and cancer. The notes have reproductive health in them. All in all the cds are still usable. To each their own opinion!!!!!!!!!!!


Has 3 years experience.

douglask, smat1, dstep102570: as a newer tcn student its easy to get discouraged with all the negative comments...(i feel like everyone is telling me im a total idiot for using tcn) so, i appreciate seeing the positive experiences you all have had -- i wish you'd post more!!

thanks :D:d


The amount of work (and money!) can be overwhelming at times, but believe me when I tell you it is worth it! I saved a lot of money in the long run by going through TCN. I would have spent much more time and money if I had enrolled in the traditional courses, compared to what I spent at TCN. They have been a great support for me all along the way.



Specializes in LTC. Has 18 years experience.

I am going thru TCN.

Are they necessary? No.

Are they helpful? For me, yes. I use the modules for a basic layout and a beginning point. Then I move on to the in depth reading from recommended textbooks. I also bought Studyguide 101 and they are from 2008, not current either.

But they help too. Excelsior's site recommends you study from more than one source so I am.

To each their own, I knew I'd need additional help sometimes, I have it.

The modules could be better, more in depth but like I said I have figured out a use for them. The TCN Practice Exams (2 each subject) help too. With the free Excelsior's content outline test, 2 practice TCN exams, and Studyguide 101 has a bunch I have plenty of practice exam resources.

Like I said to each their own. You know how you stand as a student. That's what it comes down to, what do you need to succeed? I can't tell you what you need or don't need, nor will I. Just letting you know my personal experience.

My TCN advisor was up front, got out the modules for me to look at, went thru an outline of what I needed to do and told me several times I would have to apply to Excelsior to get into the nursing program. He was nice and from what I read here, an unusually honest person. :)