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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.
Pros: Aspen University is affordable and has a convenient payment plan. Accredited by the CCNE. The admissions representative was helpful. Cons: Aspen University seems to have grown too quickly. I used to recommend Aspen University to colleagues but am no longer able to do so. It takes several emails and telephone calls to receive responses from academic advisors. Course faculty will take days to respond to emails (if they respond at all). Some faculty take 3-4 weeks to grade discussion threads and assignments. The lack of prompt feedback makes knowing one's progress in a course difficult. This is even more frustrating given courses are now only 8 weeks long. In the majority of classes, faculty just assign a numeric grade without providing written feedback regarding strengths and weaknesses of submitted work. The Aspen MSN program requires students to complete a portfolio. The program handbook, courses and program discussion threads all describe portfolio requirements differently. I sent two emails to the program director requesting clarification. To this date, I have yet to receive any response. Curriculum is not innovative and involves a significant amount of "busy work". Each nursing course at Aspen typically requires the answering of two discussion threads (with additional responses to classmates' posts) and a 6-10 page paper each week. The papers are usually based on 2-3 questions listed in each week's module. Students are also assigned textbook readings. The discussion threads are ineffective at meeting course outcomes and in most courses, lack any facilitation by faculty. I can say with certainty, that the weekly papers have NOT been valuable in my education. The lack of varying instructional and assessment means is disappointing. I believe that facilitated discussions and 2-3 major papers/presentations each course would be more valuable/effective. Courses are clearly template driven and some appear to have not been updated in many years. I would bet that the coursework I am completing today is the same coursework that students completed years ago. For example, links in classes are often broken, the wrong documents are frequently uploaded into courses, course resources are outdated, etc. The Aspen MSN program is clearly based on getting the most number of students in the program. Aspen University should devote more time to ensuring their program is current, innovative and encourages a welcoming and engaging learning environment. While there are exceptions, the majority of faculty seem cold and distant. I truly feel as if I am just a number. There is little to no effort made to build any type of community within the classes. This is probably based on the lack of interaction with faculty and the limited course-related feedback. I completed my BSN online at another university and always felt supported and challenged. I often feel alone in the classes. If I weren't as far as I am in the MSN program, I would look for a different program. Aspen's MSN program clearly has opportunity for improvement. I would encourage Aspen to consider revamping their courses. With a few small changes, the program could be a great program!
So much busy work! The length and amount of formal papers and discussions in 8 weeks far outweighs the amount in a 5 week course from comparable online programs. Twice the amount of time and work! After writing all 8 formal papers, be prepared for ANOTHER formal 1000 word essay summarizing the course! My advisor was extremely defensive when I had a concern about an instructor that gave me a poor grade after not answering my question prior to submitting the assignment. The writing class was much more beneficial than I expected, and the professor was amazing. Be ready to put in A LOT of time! The payment plan and cost are a bonus!
Great way to earn your degree, while still working full time! My Professors were very helpful and gave insight every step of the way! I have recommended their program to two coworkers who are now taking classes towards their BSN. I wanted to have new doors open for me when I graduated, and they have! Grateful for the experience!