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I am currently in the RN to MSN program. I have to say that I have been jerked around quite a lot by this school in terms of the requirements changing several times while I have been enrolled and the hoops that I have had to jump through to go through each class. When I started I was not informed about the practice hours requirements and then all of a sudden I had to find a way to do 30 practice hours for each class in addition to working full time, doing the class work, and taking care of my family. The student has to find their own mentor/PE situation and complete additional documentation. The PE handbook is very confusing. My friend who just graduated never had to do any of this. I had to ask for course extensions for 3 courses in a row so that I could get the work done. Part of this was due to the requirement for the back ground check and requirement to have a school ID. I received my ID several MONTHS after I applied for the background check, which caused me to have to ask for course extensions, which I had to pay an extra fee for. I was told I needed to take statistics as a prerequisite for the Nursing Research course. We had purchased credit hours, but I couldn't register for the course until I showed a passing grade in statistics. So, I registered for statistics. The night before I took my final exam in statistics, my advisor told me that the class was no longer a prerequisite. I was pretty pissed that I wasted time, energy, stress, and money taking a course that I did not need to take. Then I tried to register for the research class that I needed, and was told that the purcased credit hourse had "expired" because i did not use them???? I didn't use them because i was told I had to take a statistics class first! Now the class I need to take starts on Monday, (today is TuesdaY) how likely is it that I will be able to obtain the textbook and register in time???? All I have to say is really do your homework when looking at these online nursing schools. They are just in business to make money off of you. I plan to try to stick it out so that I get my piece of paper (diploma) but I just want to warn other students. I don't normally take the time to write reviews but I really wanted to share my experience. I am normally a 4.0 student and I still am but I am very concerned about what the rest of my experience is going to entail and how my degree will really hold up and help/hurt my career.
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.