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by Delag5 Delag5 (Member)

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Hi All

I am starting UOP on Sept 7th and was wondering I have seen the threads but haven't heard what people are experiencing in the workforce lately. Is UOP being scoffed at? Do you feel like HR dosn't look at your degree as prestigious as other ground campuses? Do you feel that it was way to easy? I am so afraid to get this degree and then be scoffed at while trying to advance and then be sorry I paid 45, 000 plus as I do plan on getting my Masters there also. Any input is appreciated.... thanks

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Melody48_MSNEd has 27 years experience and works as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

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$45,000 for a ASN-BSN?? Oh my Gosh! Highway robbery! I am finishing up my BSN at Exceleior College for under $8000. You might want to go to ripoff.com and read what thousands of people are saying about UOP before you start!!!!! :eek:

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Skips works as a Registered Nurse.

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$45,000 is way too much money. You could get your ASN-BSN in a much cheaper fashion.

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HeartsOpenWide works as a "Birth Center" Staff Nurse.

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Phoenix is a rip off. You could get it done for way cheaper at a different school. My entire college career (BSN) start to finish was not even close to $45K. And your just bridging...way to much.

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klone has 13 years experience as a MSN, RN and works as a Director of OB Services.

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While UoP is popular and certainly not scoffed at, it is VERY expensive. There are other, much more inexpensive options for online RN-BSN. My husband is getting his through Ft. Hays State University.

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I think that is way to much! Especially for ASN to BSN. Has anyone tried Western Governors University? You pay for the time not the credits. I wanted to know if they are accredited for Georgia hospitals?..

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commonsense has 2 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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Hi All

I am starting UOP on Sept 7th and was wondering I have seen the threads but haven't heard what people are experiencing in the workforce lately. Is UOP being scoffed at? Do you feel like HR dosn't look at your degree as prestigious as other ground campuses? Do you feel that it was way to easy? I am so afraid to get this degree and then be scoffed at while trying to advance and then be sorry I paid 45, 000 plus as I do plan on getting my Masters there also. Any input is appreciated.... thanks

Whats up Delag5, I had a similar question earlier as far as HR laughing at the online degree, but it was all online degree's as opposed to University of Phoenix. Anyone know if there is a substantial difference in where your advanced degree comes from, such as more expensive or prestigious being more creditable?

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Faeriewand has 8 years experience and works as a Registered Nurse.

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While UoP is popular and certainly not scoffed at, it is VERY expensive. There are other, much more inexpensive options for online RN-BSN. My husband is getting his through Ft. Hays State University.

I was considering Fort Hays State University as well. They are only $170/unit. Very affordable. That's around $6000 for the degree

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MsbossyRN works as a Registered Nurse, full time mom :).

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I was also looking at UOP online to do my Rn to BSN. I reconsidered after looking at the price. Try finding a regular university that offers it online. That way your degree doesn't have that you did it at an online school. That's what I did. It is also cheaper that way. I just went to the website of local and not so local schools and checked out if any offered it. Good luck I wish you the best. If you can avoid it, try not to spend so much for just a bsn. With the way the economy is right now, I wouldn't want to see anyone saddled with loads of debt when in most places ADNs and BSNs are making the same amount of money. While I don't think UOP is frowned on (i've met so many nurses doing their masters through them) I believe that some jobs can use it to be selective with their hiring.

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Anyone know if there is a substantial difference in where your advanced degree comes from, such as more expensive or prestigious being more creditable?

In my experience, there's little or no connection between "expensive" and "prestigious" in nursing education. There are plenty of barely adequate or downright inferior nursing programs out there that cost a fortune (mostly the proprietary voc/tech schools) -- and people making hiring/promotion/placement decisions in nursing are well aware of that. There is no reason to assume that a more expensive nursing program is a better program.

I agree that $45k for a BSN completion program is highway robbery. There are much more affordable programs out there, and I doubt UoP offers anything extra or special in their program that makes the extra cost worthwhile.

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HouTx has 35 years experience and works as a Manager, eLearning & Clinical Development.

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Let me clarify - the basic consideration is NOT the method of educational delivery (online, classroom, webcast, etc) it is the quality of the curriculum & instruction. Commercial schools fall short because their primary focus is to return value to their shareholders or investors. Traditional schools have a different focus - sure, they need to make enough $ to stay in business, but they also have to maintain their academic reputations/prestige in order to continue to attract necessary funding & fulfull their missions.

Instructors at commercial schools are treated like temporary itinerant workers (academic sharecroppers) rather than educational professionals. They do not have opportunities to engage in scholarly activities or post-graduate development - they are paid piecemeal (by the course) & cannot deviate from the canned courseware handed out by the school. NOTE: teaching at a commercial school does not attract anyone who is serious about an academic career, because it's mere presence on one's CV can be a career-killer for other academic appointments.

Commercial schools do not have all the elements needed to establish or maintain the scholarly atmosphere that is really essential for meaningful graduate education. This is a crucial issue when it comes to Master's and Doctoral education. MSNs from commercial schools are not in the same league as those from traditional programs.

Advice to the OP - look for well-respected traditional schools (with regional accreditation) that have a variety of delivery methods, including online... most do.

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$45,000 is way too much money. You could get your ASN-BSN in a much cheaper fashion.

Absolutely! Here's where I got mine in exchange for $1.75 in quarters.

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