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I cannot express how upset I am right now with this university. First, all my instructors, save one, put high emphasis on the minimum word requirement for the discussion board. Sometimes the subject is so dry writing 400 words about it is almost incomprehensible and it has gotten to the point that I feel the instructors enjoy treating students like errant children. Today, though, I received feedback on my discussion. She critiqued it, though that wasn't what bothered me. She went way over the top gushing about another student, using words like "glorious", and "hot". It made me feel utterly defeated. Not an uncommon feeling when dealing with these instructors. I've asked for clarification on topics before and had the instructors copy and paste the original instructions in my email. How is that helpful??? I have to agree to the prior statement that the amount of work is way out there. I'm more than halfway through this course, have a 4.0 GPA and am. Now I'm considering the whole thing a waste of time and money. I have never felt so beaten down in my life. Thank you Aspen University, the one thing you should know is that a piece of paper does not make a good instructor. They have been universally poor. If it wasn't for me working so hard, I would be getting nothing from them.
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.
I did it! I just graduated from my BSN at aspen! What a trip. I love this school and especially my advisor, Jessica. I couldn't have done this without her. The BSN Dean Jenny E. is amazing and all my professors rocked! Class of 2017 baby!!!
This a great school with a great price. I had a few minor problems along the way but what college doesn't? It was all worked out by the helpful staff. My overall experience was excellent. I put in a lot of work to earn the degree but it was well worth it. I would recommend Aspen to anyone.
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.
I chose the Aspen program for two reasons: affordability, and on recommendation from many of my co-workers, who are completing BSN and MSN level degrees. I was very surprised at the high quality of of the educational material and instruction that I received. This was not an easy task, the work load can be intense, but nothing in life worth working for should just be handed to you...and this was definitely work...and definitely worth the time and investment. I looked at other online universities for a few years but was always dismayed by the bankrupting tuition and fees they wanted to charge for basically being diploma mills, this is not the case with Aspen University. I never encountered any issues with contacting my instructors or academic advisors, and cannot sing their praises highly enough! To graduate with a 4.0 in this program kicked my butt, and I am all the better for it!
I am halfway through the MSN in Public Health, which many other schools do not offer, and couldn't be happier with the program. It is very affordable and payment plans are available. Classes were recently decreased to 8 weeks. I researched many online programs and am very satisfied with Aspen University!
I completed another online program for my BSN and the difference is noticeable. If you are looking for an easy A then Aspen is not for you. There were a few times when I didn't agree with my grades, but I have always been able to talk to a professor or my assigned counselor Jessica. Jessica helped me throughout my two and a half years journey. She always responded and she always found an answer and a solution that benefited me! I feel prepared to lead as a result of the hard work I put in at Aspen. If you are ready to learn, Aspen is the place for you!
I would have to say from my experience I would definitely recommend Aspen University for those seeking to advance their nursing degree. I did my RN to MSN nurse education in 16 months. They have very flexible start times and a very user friendly website. They accept your course from other schools no matter how old they are. The instructors are very helpful and work with students in every way possible to help the succeed. Aspen university is CCNE accredited which allowed me to transfer to another school to pursue my nurse practitioner degree.
I started at AU in 2009. Left for personal reasons, came back in 2016 to finish up and graduated w a Masters in Nursing Education. Now...their cost cannot be beaten. They have a payment plan, but I paid cash so I don't know details of it. Professors: are AMAZING! ZERO FREE A's here kids! If you want a degree handed to you for payment alone, don't come here. You WILL WORK HARD for every single point. That is the way AU is growing their name and great reputation for excellence in education. Every professor repsponded to me within 1-2 days by email and cell phone. All of them gave me their personal cells to contact them anytime, within reason, that means no 2am calls, for those less less fortunate :) the director of nursing at the masters level is the BEST professor I've ever been exposed to. Having a masters, that's means a LOT OF PROFESSORS! Like I said, be prepared to work HARD for that A, or don't, for less. Administration is not very good to deal with. They are slow, and hide behind rules despite common sense. However, you NEVER get all three: fast, cheap, and good...EVER! So decide what's important to u. If you can't live without one of the three...choose Aspen! Good luck In your endeavors and may you find what you seek in life, love, and friends.