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I am graduating from Aspen this weekend. I have to disagree with the negative comment. I have been in two other masters level nursing programs, top name schools, and Aspen is far superior to them. The immediate positive and encouraging feedback you recieve from instructors when you need help is amazing from the Aspen instructors. The top name schools only cared about your grade and money not if you truely grasp the educational concepts. Aspen instructors are empowering the professional nurse to make the needed changes in the healthcare field and the nursing proffession to advance patient care and the role of the nurse as a leader. I would have to say that, nursing experience, time management and setting priorities are the key factors if your having a negative experience with Aspen. A self evaluation of these components should help you determine a better opportunity for your career. I attended full time, 2 to 3 class per term and worked three demanding part time jobs the entire program with two teens and two elder parents that required my care. It was a challenge but again far exceeding the same experience with two top ranked nursing programs. If learning and knowledge are your goal then i would have to say Aspen is the best choice. It takes commitment and dedication to a new routine but once you have accepted the role of an egaged student, there is plenty of support to assist in making this a sucessful journey at Aspen. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking higher education in the nursing field.
When in a Masters Class the expectation from the student is higher... before I started my course I prepared myself and true enough my MSN in Education is challenging. I learned so much and was able to put my learning into practice/application. I have fellow nurses who completed their MSN in a school in classroom setting and I am proud to say that what I learned is not included in their course. My course will prepare me to be an awesome Nurse Educator of the future. Most of all Dr. B. and my advisor J. provided me with great support. I recommend Aspen University. Its affordable as well.
My experience with Aspen University has been outstanding. I have been able to study around my work schedule and be very successful. The teachers are awesome - always available to answer questions - by phone or email - and they are very helpful. The financial arrangement of paying every month instead of having to find the money up front has been awesome! I'm a single parent and trying to find money ahead of time would be a nightmare. Also, the counselors have always been there for me when I've had questions. It's a complete package, and one that's very cost effective. I would - and do - recommend Aspen University to all of my colleagues who are looking for a great university. I plan on starting my doctoral studies with Aspen very soon!
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.
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!