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I will finish my BSN from ASU in about a month. As an experienced nurse out of nursing school for over 3 decades with other advanced degrees I found the program gave me an opportunity to earn my degree without travel - I live in a rural area - at a reasonable cost (compared to other schools I researched). The school has good online setup and resources. The instructors I had were all experienced, both clinically and academically, and helpful with student learning. I appreciated the flexibility of the program timeline and was able to finish my degree in 2.5 years, nine months of which I was disabled and unable to take classes. As with any education, you get out of it what you put into it. The program is setup in such a way that you can usually adapt your work interests into your course work. I would recommend this to others who are self-motivated and have reasonably good writing skills (if you do not I would suggest improving that area first). My BSN is and will continue to improve both my nursing and my job opportunities. The program is accredited by CCNE DEAC, and ACEN.
There is minimal participation or interest from instructors to help students succeed or learn. The student is on their own. This college contracts with companies willing to pay for an employee who must have education to continue their jobs. This college is happy to collect the cost for fees from the companies regardless if the employees is learning or succeeding. The student is on their own and the instructor does not feel compassion or care about what the student is doing or going through since they are on the other side of the computer and cannot evaluate the students abilities. They do not have the ability to visually interpret, or intervene when a student is having difficulties or needs more help. ASU is about the name of the school and the capital they seek to gain.
I'm an older student. I found the research required for the essay's a good learning experience that did expand my knowledge. It took me a little over two years to obtain my degree while working 30+ hours a week. It is a CCNE accredited for nursing as well as accredited through the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council college which is a national credentialing body. I can pursue a MSN if I choose with many colleges both online as well as a few regional ones. What everyone has to understand, is that this is for nurses that have a resume that includes both experience and some college credits, and it is not for new nurses. It is an online school, so I don't think it is fair for people to compare it to Ivy league schools. I think it does give a quality BSN . I do feel I expanded my level of both writing and nursing knowledge to a BSN level. For me it was worth it.
American Sentinel is an excellent school especially for returning and older students, the online classes are great, the instructors are happy to help at any time, the student advisors are wonderful they can will help a student with many solutions
I completed and received As for two of the core classes I would need for a Master's in Nursing education. I was told several times over that if put a hold on taking courses due to financial reasons, that I could resume and re-enroll without losing those credits. A year later, I had the funds saved up to take my third course and I was informed that the two courses I already took would not transfer and would not count. The reason stated was that the "upgraded" their program. Maybe next time, they can "upgrade" their program to stop being all about figuring out ways to squeeze as much money as possible out of the students. This school, like so many others, are a rip off!!!
Great school and the degree I obtained has helped me advance in my nursing career. Definitely recommend this as a workable online program for adult learners.
I went through the BSN program and was very impressed with the easiness of the program set up. The success was wonderful as far as following up and making sure my learning needs were met. I completed my degree in 18 months taking 1 class at a time. The program was easy to work in to my home life as well as being more affordable than other programs at less than $400/credit hour it was about the same price as my local University. My employer offered tuition reimbursement so the cost to me was very small and the Degree will have life long benefits. I plan to return to for my MSN in Nursing Education in January 2015. This school, like others must be re-accredited every 5 years. when I graduated they were up for renewal Dec 2014.
I started at ASU in 2010 with 4 bridge courses from my Bachelors Degree to entering an RN to MSN degree program. I am now within 3 courses of finishing my MSN in Case Management. I would recommend ASU. I am near the end of my career and wanted to learn more about the specialty that I am working in...Case Management. I am taking the course for self satisfaction and not for career advancement. My only regret is that I did not take my MSN degree at an earlier in my career. I found as others stated that the instructors were mostly very good. Some were excellent and I am always pleased when I have the excellent instructors for a second time i.e. in the case management specialty courses. The student success advisors are very attentive, sending emails and wanting to know if they can assist in any way. The financial department is prompt with answers and work out a good payment plan. I am very pleased with my studies at ASU and would strongly recommend it to others. My only suggestion for the school would be more interaction between students on the discussion board-not the one where you answer class questions but the one for students, and I would also like to see some classes offered as webinars that you could download and watch when convenient.
I attended ASU beginning in February of 2011 and was able to graduate by June 2012. Everything went very smooth for me. Alot of writing which is what you are to expect. So if you do not like to write, do not like to follow a format, and cannot self-motivate, no online school will be for you. I have encouraged over 35 other nurses to continue with their eduction with ASU. Not one of them complained about the school. There were a few who complained about a couple of professors but what do you expect? Not everyone can write well. However, by the time you graduate you will be much better with your writing skills. I was so impressed with ASU that I continued with my studies at ASU and will finish my MSN in April 2014. I have no regrets. The school is accredited. The cost was extremely cheap compared to other programs. The advisors were great and kept me in the loop with registration and any changes. More importantly I did learn alot. I have been a nurse since 1989 and I was amazed how much knowledge I have gained and was able to apply to my work environment.
The school is obviously for profit, but they took it to a whole new level. The tuition maxed the military TA, but they had additional charges for "access" to your class. $150 entry fee, semester charges of $70, $350 to change majors. It seems as if everything had some unexplained fee. The teachers are horrible in the sense that they don't care. I at one point had an instructor tell me it wasn't her job to communicate with me on the phone. She said it was only email and that she only checked it/dealt with it during 4pm-6pm her time. Received perfect grades with no input (unlikely nothing was wrong)... while received bad grades with insane reviews. I received a mark down in a computer ethics class because my opinion was different than the professors. Overall the school is horrible and is essentially a degree mill. I would steer clear from this place. The degree isn't worth anything and is a waste of your time... unless you want a worthless degree to check the box.