Aspen University Reviews - Bachelor's in RN to BSN
Aspen Universitys RN to BSN program was excellent and I recommend it highly. The counselors called on a regular basis to check on my progress or to see if I needed anything, and they were accessible when I called. The instructors responded to e-mails usually within 24 hours to answer questions. The classroom website was well organized and was detailed enough to delineate exactly what was expected and when to keep learning progress moving. Im not going to tell you that the class work was easy, because it wasnt, but it was very doable. I had two Associate degrees and a Bachelor of Sciences degree from regionally accredited colleges when I started the Aspen program, and this program was as rigorous if not more so. The proctored exit exam was exactly what the study guide said it would be. I am very happy with the education I received at Aspen. They said that a BSN would enhance opportunities and make one a better nurse, and it has.
Aspen University is a great choice for non-traditional students. Most of my classmates were like me and had earned an ADN many years prior to enrolling in BSN classes. I took two classes at a time and found that the workload was challenging yet manageable. I plan to pursue a MSN but will take one class at a time instead of two. My husband and I attended the 2017 commencement ceremony in Denver and found that it's an added bonus that Aspen is located in such an awesome city! We look forward to returning to Denver in 2019 for my MSN commencement.
I have had a good experience. I have been studying part time for two years and have only three classes to go. The research and reading are extensive, more so now that the classes are 8 weeks long instead of 10. But, I will graduate sooner than I expected. I have only had one instructor that I could not really communicate with. I am 62 years old and am self directed and determined to do this and do it well. I have confidence that this program is just what I needed.
This is the last program a working nurse should consider to continue their education. The University has reinforced their policies to create a environment that is restrictive and provides no opportunity to fit this program into real life, There is no teaching involved and the topics are redundant, to say the least. The description of the assignments and questions are poorly written, are difficult to understand and often, not grammatically correct. Many of the professors do not care and site University policy when asked for guidance.The workload is next to impossible, and to finish under two years requires back to back classes with no breaks. After finishing this program I questioned if I still wanted to be a nurse.
The best thing Aspen has going is the easy payment plan. I did find the first writing class helpful and the instructor gave great feedback. I am overwhelmed each week by reading the assignment requirements. The amount of work they ask for and the time you have to do this work is ridiculous. When I have showed these assignments to coworkers who are pursuing their BSN they are shocked at the amount of work required. I do not have a great adviser so I feel I am on my own at Aspen. They have to realize most people who opt for online classes are working full time and/or have families. I am looking into transferring but most likely other schools will not accept Aspen's credits.
As far as online school goes, this is a typical and decent choice for the most part.The most irriating and difficult part of this entire experience was getting in touch with people from the registrars office to try and sort out my in school deferment. They don't seem to realize that a nurse working full time and going to school and raising a family cannot afford to pay loans AND monthly payments to the colleg and took MONTHS to process my request. Email after email, phone call after phone call. I sent them a total of 5 deferment forms with instructions of address and fax number and they still did not send my loan company the forms and instead apparently emailed them back to me... weird that I did not see the email until I complained to them and they sent me an apparent copy of said email. This experience is enough for me to not recommend this school. It has been a stressful process that did a real number on my credit score for this reason alone I would not recommend it if you are paying off student loans since it will probably take a year to get them defered thanks to the unsupportive staff at the registrars office. Try calling and complaining, too. They become very rude and defensive.