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First, I am an RN with 25 years experience and I completed my BSN at a state college in 1990. I have been in management for 7 years. I decided to pursue my MSN in administration to learn more and to hopefully be offered more opportunities in my future. It started off fine, manageable. I was learning things and I was sharing my experiences with my classmates online. Then something changed by the time practicums came around. These 2 practicums were THE most insulting things I have ever gone through. I had to log my experiences, but what was truly pathetic, was that I have had more experiences at my own job -but I couldn't use that! I work full time and have a family. I am a senior director and sometimes work until 6. We were required to spend 110 HOURS at the site- not my job-off site! You do the math and figure out that over 11 weeks that comes to 10 hours a week. So, after doing a REAL job - I'd go to another site and sit there 3 times a week from 7-10pm -THREE times a week! I learned noting and did ABSOLUTELY nothing of value for 6 months. My family didn't see me or eat normally. I was willing to sacrifice to get my MSN, BUT I LEARNED NOTHING! The books are old & the readings are dated! Each written assignment was only worth 10% because there are so many! Ridiculousness! So a 19 page literature review was only worth 10% of my grade. I could have not done it at all, taken a zero and still passed! If you are considering going for your MSN here- move right along, especially if you work full time and have at least 10 years experience. You will learn nothing new, do a lot of writing and spend hours and hours at another site TEACHING THEM things!
Only go here if you need to transfer credits that are all over the place and don't fit into a traditional colleges degree program. I have yet to receive a study guide for midterms or finals. Also, my math teacher will not help any students. He just says ,look at the book. The courses are not set up to prepare you for the mid term and final exams. You can do really well throughout the course and them bomb the test because there are no study guides. They just leave it up to (in my case this last time) a book with 525 pages. You have to fish for the possible information, it's crazy. I also attend an actual university that teaches students and this school is not what you are looking for, even for an online school. If you do not have to have a lot of credits from years past transfer over in a workable degree plan, run from here. Your grades WILL suffer. And if you go here and they do suffer, it's not because of you. They simply don't know how to deliver the information. I'm disappointed. It's workable, but it's disappointing.
TESU has a very fine online program. The curriculum for each course is set by the administration, so every section of a course runs exactly the same. The course mentors varied in quality and the amount of their participation, though. Some mentors were slow in posting grades and did not have a lot of interaction with the class, but others posted grades quickly and were as active in their participation as an in-classroom instructor would be. As should be, the upper level courses were more challenging than lower level ones, and the amount of work required in upper level courses was greatly increased. I am considering continuing in a masters program, and would have no qualms about pursuing that at TESU.
I went to a brick and mortar state college in NJ when I was young. I decided to go on for my MSN at TESU. As a nurse in management, and I mother, I was completely overwhelmed with the assignments at times. The practicum hours were ridiculous and had me at another site following another manager on half of my vacation days! I was directing my preceptor half the time on issues! My present boss was very patient with me, as I had to miss time running my own unit, to be off site to follow another manager. Sometimes I would get to this other hospital after work and stay until midnight just to get my hours in. Additionally, there was little flexibility on all the papers! If o had something going on at work and put in a 50 hour workweek, plus 12 hours off site, the only way to get my papers done was to not sleep - AT ALL! I took a mgmt course from the business program and the flexibility was phenomenal. He gave us all the assignments up front and they had windows for due dates. He just wanted them done, sooner or later. Not weekly. This MSN program is NOT for working RNs with families who have years of experience. It's for single inexperienced RNs. To add- a few of the online mentors are clueless and I mean clueless as to what's going on in healthcare now. It's CLEARLY obvious they haven't been part of acute care for awhile. With the ACA, things are changing every year. And many of the articles you must read are very outdated. The window of applicability is now more like 5 years, not 15!
To preface, I already had a Bachelors from a more traditional school, I took some courses to prepare for a MS program. I paid the $5500 to take 36 credits over a year, I ended up taking 8 classes. It was pretty up and down. I had some good professors who would respond within a day or so, I had some who never responded to a single email. I had a couple classes where it was obvious that the professor never checked the homework and just gave you an A if you submitted anything. No video lessons or office hours so you are really teaching yourself everything and paying for a syllabus and credit. My biggest problem was with a class where I submitted an assignment and the professor claimed that it was never received. This was a professor who is no longer working there but on the first day of class he said that he liked teaching online classes because he liked failing people from multiple states. I also had problems with the online tests in that they were very poorly made and during math exams some of the non-alphanumeric characters came out all distorted or out of place. I asked the online proctor to make a note of it and they said they did but when I questioned it they said that they lost the screenshot of my problem. I didn't do well on the exam because I missed a good 20% of it due to those issues and the dean's office was extremely hostile and refused to review the situation anymore. They said it was my fault for not having up-to-date Java (which I updated right before because you are prompted to before the exam). Despite all this, I was able to get into my target graduate program and it was relatively affordable. I however can't recommend this to people getting their first degree. Many employers don't take online colleges seriously and this isn't a very good school. Perhaps if you are in the military and want to knock out some prereqs.
I did the Bachelor's to Master's course and completed both my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and my Masters of Science in Human Resource Management. The course work was appropriate for adult students who are serious about achieving their educational goals. Mentors will not hold your hands, just like professors at four year institutions I attended did not hold your hand. I can see this being a bit of a shock if it is a persons initial college experience, or for someone who has attended a community college first (as I did). When I went to another state four-year institution I did feel that the workload and expectations were different than my experiences at community college. I truly believe that without TESU's program I would likely never have completed the BA I started so many years ago; and I am certain a Master's degree would not have been a thought. That said, my family did sacrifice time with me when I had assignments due and more than once, when on vacation, I slipped away to study and turn in assignments. You will have to work at it. This is not a degree mill just sending you a diploma because you paid for tuition. You must be prepared to hunker down, read the texts assigned, participate in the online discussion forums, interact with your mentors and turn in your assignments on time. In the end, I received a degree with tons of practical knowledge of the industry that I could immediately put to use at work and which enabled me to sit for the exams to achieve two professional certificates which are highly recognized in the field. If the education was not up to standard, I would not have been able to pass the professional exams. This is a great school for self-motivated learners who can set a goal and not be distracted from it.
The Technical Studies program at Thomas Edison State College was exceptional. I was able to transfer all of my prior engineering courses and complete my degree requirements in a year without debt. While continuing employment and being a student is challenging, I'm glad I chose to continue my education and complete a lifelong goal. The applied science degree will open doors for future career opportunities and graduate studies. This school is growing in size and reputation, keep it up TESC!
Thomas Edison State College has better equipped me to pursue employment and future educational opportunities. Without my B.S. degree, many technical / engineering positions would be difficult to obtain. Never was I disappointed with the quality of education received from this institution, my professors / mentors were professional with real world "career" experience and a network base which enhanced employment opportunities. The school is currently seeking university status due to program growth, however the cost to attend is still lower than many universities and colleges. Paying off student loans at a faster rate works for me, especially when educational quality is not sacrificed.
I have no idea what everyone is complaining about. Just do the work, on time, and you really won't have a problem. I think most people expect on-line school to be easier, but it's really not. It's harder, everything is on you. Of course getting a Masters degree is harder then getting a BSN- Seriously with that comment? TESC has helped me immensely, they offer course extensions if your having an issue - you just can't fill it out the last day of class. Common sense here people. NO SCHOOL WILL ACCEPT A COURSE EXTENSION ON THE LAST DAY. Seriously, TESC is an okay school, they won't hold your hand. Cause you're an adult. They tell you what you need to do. so you do it. If you want someone to hold your hand, and tell what to do/how to do it, you probably shouldn't be trying to get a bachelors/masters.
I attended TESC for my BSN in nursing and I was pretty pleased. I returned 2 years later to pursue my MSN in Nursing Education. The courses were ridiculous for anyone who works full time and has a family. There was no way to complete all of the assignments they expected. I am a very good student and I enjoy school, but this just did not work for me at all. A very close friend of mine is going there for her BSN in nursing and her mentor doesn't grade any of her assignments. So how do you know how you are doing in the course? I dropped my courses 5 weeks in with not a single word from anyone at the school-and I am alumni. I was extremely disappointed.