American Sentinel University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (53)
Hello All, I would not recommend this school. It all seems okay when you first enroll and your first couple of classes you will be fine. They were able to obtain the CCNE accredidiation for both the BSN and MSN programs which is a plus. However, they put you through a lot of pain and agony the further into the program that you get.
I have completed all except 2 classes and the capstone project. The financial aide department screwed me. I am a self paying student and was on a payment plan for 12 credit hours paying $500 a month for 9 months. I dropped 2 classes before the classes even started. Big mistake as I had to purchase another 12 credit hours worth of courses and pay off what I owed on the payment plan that I was on. I looked to transfer to a different school and low and behold American Sentinel credits are the accepted at other schools.
So rather than start over I paid $1000 to them to get out the first contract and it still was not enough to pay off my total balance so they added $150 to my new monthly payment which is now $650 a month. They were not supposed to charge me the $500 any more for the first contract and low and behold they did causing me to have paid them $1500 within a 2 week period of time with another payment set up to hit my account for $650 within another week. I called the school and raised holy hell and after 2 weeks they refunded me the $500. I was not prepared to be hit with all of this within 1 month. I am only paid once a month and their error made it difficult for me during that month.
This school is a trap so steer clear. I was too far in it to get out so I have chosen to finish as I don't want to start over as other nursing schools will not allow you to transfer your credits from ASU. That is how they get you. They treat you real nice until you only have a few classes let and then they yank the rug from underneath you. They know it won't be easy for you to transfer and most tough it out because of only having a few classes left to graduate. At the end of the day you will graduate but you will have to jump through a lot of hoops to get there./p>
Be ready to be frustrated. Classes that are 8 weeks long seem very attractive but just know it will be the longest and worst 8 weeks of your life. I have a friend who is in the BSN program at ASU and she says she will not be pursuing her MSN at ASU. She is in the same boat I am in. Only a few classes left and ASU started being ridiculous. She is sticking it out because she can't transfer credits to another program. On a positive note I have had some great instructors. They have a passion for teaching and are reasonable. However, the majority of the instructors are just plain ridiculous and these are the types of instructors whom will be teaching the majority of your classes. ASU does not have a lot of instructors so you are bound to have the same ones in 3-4 of your classes. If you start off on a bad foot with them in 1 class they will remember you and hold it against you in another class which again makes for a long and miserable 8 weeks. While ASU may be reasonably priced and have 8 week classes just know that cheap is not always better. You get exactly what you pay for.
I recommend Sacred Heart University. They are set up on 8 week courses online and are regionally and CCNE accredidated. I chose ASU over Sacred Heart University because of ASU was cheaper but I surely regret this decision now. Please do your homework before deciding to enroll at ASU. I did do not homework but did not read the reviews on ASU prior to starting. I realize some students will write bad reviews because they did not do what was expected of them. I am not one of those type of students. ASU professors do hold you accountable to complete quality assignments and if you do not your grade will reflect it. I have all A's in my classes but I have had to work for them in each class. So if you are looking for a school that will just hand you a passing grade ASU is not the place for you.
At the end of the day you need to learn something so that you can apply it in the workplace. I can truly say that I have learned a lot in the MSN nursing program at ASU but do think that it is ridiculous that they put you through a lot of hurdles in the meantime. It would be better for ASU you weed at students during the first couple of classes instead of trapping them and making it difficult during the last few classes when students are less like to drop. It makes me think they do this on purpose to trap you. Good luck with your search. I hope you find my comments helpful.
I am a current student in ASU, BSN. I truly enjoy my studying. Before I started, I thought I will be able to take 2 or even 3 courses at the time. It turned out that I only can make 1 class because all classes are very challenging. I make a lot of researches for my assignments and learn a lot of new information. I had my doubts while enrolling because the school is not regionally accredited. But despite this fact, I do not regret that I choose ASU because this school gives me an academic background for my further studying. I wish this school a good luck in requiring a regional accreditation that they rightfully deserve.
I HIGHLY recommend the school. I received my Master of Science - Information Systems degree From ASU and can tell you that I learned more there than I would have at a traditional university, mainly because I was able to choose how I would learn the material and study when it was convenient to me.
These classes were not in any way "easy" like many online programs. I had to really apply myself. That being said, the program requires a tremendous amount of self-discipline. Since there are no time lines for turning in assignments and exams, other than the course completion deadline, it is up to the individual to stay on top of her studies and course requirements.
A lot of the people who have a bad experience at ASU are somewhat lacking this self-discipline, as it is easy to get behind very quickly.
I guess the thing I liked the best about ASU, besides the quality of the courses, was the ability to work my studies around my work schedule and complete the program on my terms. I'm in the Army and it was not at all possible for me to attend traditional classes. Besides, I doubt that you'll be able to find a less costly accredited university anywhere!
I know this might seem like some sort of commercial, but this is really how I feel. At least try a few classes and give it a try.
American Sentinel University has been a great experience for me. The tuition is affordable, classes are flexible which fits in well to my busy schedule, and the professors are highly knowledgeable. The textbooks, course materials, and discussion boards have been very informative. I will graduate in 2010 and look forward to attending the graduation ceremony.
I have been attending since March of this year and have completed 6 classes so far. I have quite a busy job(testing/programming on a billing system for a major telecom company), I am quite involved with my church(teaching and musically) , I am married and have a 2-year-old). The 8-week classes and the freedom to do it at basically your own pace, is what really like.
Another reason I chose ASU is , I am prior military and they have great benefits for prior or active duty military. I have beed intrigued with ASU since it was called ACCIS (American College of Computer and Information Systems), this was a couple of years ago. I liked that they had reputable people in the Computer Science field not only teachers, but also involved in writing courseware. Since then , they have expanded their degree offerings to more than just IT fields. They are constantly trying to add more accreditations. Feel free to ask anything specific. I have enjoyed the classes so far, but I have always been better at self-paced learning, I even graduated from a private highschool that had that type of curriculum.
I personally like the school. The classes are 8 weeks long and you get to determine when you want to turn the assignments in. They are implementing new requirements for the courses, such as weekly participation in class discussions. I have never had an issue with the staff and when I have had a question, it has always been answered in a timely fashion. The only cons I have found is that they don't accept federal aid and some of their credits won't transfer to other schools. Other than that, it is a great school for someone who is working or has children!
I went when it was American College of Computer and Info Systems and can say the course material is fairly thorough. At the time, the school was only accredited by the distance learning council and the credits wouldnt transfer to a higher learning school. Studying at home does take some discipline to keep focused. I did end up finishing it and it wasnt too expensive, but i dont work in the field i graduated in and so far it hasnt helped me in my career.
I am a current Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student with American Sentinel University (ASU).
ASU has a MSN program with four concentrations (education, informatics, case management, and organizational leadership). The school is currently seeking CCNE accreditation and once this is achieved. ASU MSN graduates will be able to gain admission to Post-MSN Nurse Practitioner (NP)/Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) program or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
Most USA undergraduate of graduate nursing programs, require students to have graduated from National League of Nursing (NLN)or CCNE approved school in order to gain admission and of course an active RN license.
American Sentinel University is currently a CCNE applicant and the school has already hosted their CCNE site visit. My opinion is that the school has a solid nursing program with plenty of nursing faculty members with regionally accredited (MSNs, DNPs, and PhDs) degrees.
I have had no troubling contacting my nursing advisor or instructor (normally 48 hours or less). Some instructors answer fast and some answer, not so fast.
I plan to graduate from ASU MSN program in April or May 2010, then I plan to complete a post-MSN Nurse Practitioner or post-MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate program in advanced psychiatric nursing. I work for the government and the ASU MSN program suits me just fine for my goals and future career opportunities.
I have nothing, but good things to say about American Sentinel University. The classes are well structured, the tuition is reasonable, and their are four MSN program concentrations.
The ultimate choice is yours to apply or not.
J., RN, MBA, LNC American Sentinel University MSN graduate student.
ASU has a solid and traditional curriculum and I was initially impressed with the serious academic qualities. I dislike some high-profile schools that have lots of easy classes. ASU has a good mix.
Tuition is reasonable. (College texts are always expensive.) Most of the faculty and staff are open and helpful. A fair number of instructors are adjuncts and these are hit and miss. There is a strong tendency for ASU to keep the good ones. I have had far far more good professors than bad, but a few were bad.
Distance learning, especially asynchronous learning like at ASU, is not for everyone. You can't raise your hand and get an answer on the spot. You have to send an email and wait. Most responses are prompt, but not always. There is a lot of reading and you really have to do it. There is almost no option to coast, guess or otherwise get an easy A. Honestly, this environment is hard on some people and they don't like the way it feels. In my long experience these are the people who develop negative opinions. People are human! Every student who I have heard express a negative opinion also had some bad grades. These are certainly smart people who just didn't feel smart in a certain situation.
I am also an ASU mentor. There are 3-4 Computer Sciences classes that are well-known for hard exams. I have had students come to me after getting a D or an F on the first test. Some buckled down and succeeded. Others blamed the professor or the text or the school. That's easier than admitting the material was hard and they blew it.
So I've really enjoyed being a student at ASU except for a few things that really irked me over the years. Presently, I\'m having an issue with not being able to contact my academic advisor and the website doesn\'t really explain which faculty members do what, so I\'m not sure who else to contact with my problem. Also, they aren\'t very connected with you unless you keep digging for information. When they are helpful, they are extremely helpful and make sure you have received all of what you want. It really depends on you. If you want to be at a school where they basically just leave you alone to do your thing, it\'s really a great fit. But as you move closer to graduating, there are alot of things you need help with that they might not be as great of assistance for.