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Accelerate Your Career: Online RN to MSN Programs

by South University
September 29, 2011

Are you a RN that is seeking career advancement? Is your desire for advancement thwarted by the lack of an appropriate degree? Does the task of earning both your BSN and MSN seem too much? Then you are the type of nurse that accelerated online RN to BSN programs have been developed for.

In this accelerated program, you can earn both your BSN and MSN at the same time. As a current RN professional, you can receive up to 45 credit hours for your experience. In addition, you may be able to transfer any existing college credits you have, giving you a head start on your studies. From there, you’ll begin working on studies for your BSN and MSN.

The BSN part of the program focuses on nursing practices, advanced healthcare techniques and professionalism in delivering healthcare. Adding the MSN classes to the program broadens your horizons with a focus on being a Nurse Educator, training and mentoring other nurses in applying the latest techniques in both the classroom and the clinic.

As an MSN, you will be trained and prepared for advancement into management positions, such as nursing supervisor, managing a home health service or training other nurses. This is a program for those who want to go faster, jump higher, and reach farther than their peers. Those who want a new challenge for their professional life can find it in online RN to BSN programs. As a graduate, you won’t be just another RN; your master’s degree will open the door to elevate you to a higher position.

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing industries in our country today. Taking the step now, to prepare yourself for advancement, is an investment in your future. Those who make the extra effort to study today are the ones who will become the nursing leaders of tomorrow.

By studying in the online RN to BSN program, you are able to study on your own schedule, from the comfort of your own home, fitting your studies into your work and family needs. You won’t have to put your life on hold while you study; but you will still be able to learn the skills and receive the certification you need to go on to the next step in your professional life.

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Military? Online Programs Might be Perfect for You

by South University
September 26, 2011

Are you an active duty member of military, a veteran, or the spouse of an active duty member of the military? Then pursuing your education at South University - Online Programs can be particularly well-suited for people like you - military personnel who want to earn a degree while on active duty or on reserve.

Obtaining a degree online can fit into your busy work and life schedule. You can attend class when it fits your schedule from anywhere you can connect to the internet. And, if you are deployed to different locations, you can stay in the same degree program.

Perhaps the best part about pursuing your associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s or even doctorate online while on active duty is that when you do leave the military, you will be ahead of the game and ready to pursue the next phase of your life and career.

The Same Types of Benefits as Ground Schools
Going to school online doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the potential for the same opportunity to receive the benefits military students do at “traditional” brick and mortar campuses. To recognize your service and commitment, South University has structured the tuition schedule for military affiliated personnel and spouses of active duty service members to eliminate or minimize their out-of-pocket costs.

Tuition Benefits
Thanks to our Active Duty Military Tuition Scholarship, the cost per credit hour for Active Duty, Drilling and Active members of the National Guard and Reserve enrolled in undergraduate programs is equal to the tuition assistance benefit provided by the military to you. For graduate level programs, South University offers a military tuition scholarship of 10%.

Undergraduate Programs $166.00 per credit hour
Master of Science in Nursing $335.70 per credit hour
Master of Science in Criminal Justice $428.40 per credit hour
All Other Master Programs $452.70 per credit hour

Fees
The application fee is waived for Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard and Veteran personnel as well as for spouses of Active Duty military personnel. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

University Credit for Military Experience and Training
Your military service and/or previous education may qualify you for university credits. Students who wish to have their military experience and training evaluated for university credit should submit copies of DD Form 295 to the registrar's office.

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Truth Be Told: Online Classes

by Student
September 23, 2011

By Guest Blogger

Dawn Starbinski
Student at South University Online Programs

You walk into the room and comfortably sit in front of your computer thinking, “Okay, I can do this, even though I am a computer illiterate.” You take a long sip of your cool iced tea and grab a bite of your tuna on rye when suddenly the realization hits you that you are about to embark on the beginning of your own future. The future you have dreamed about, and if you are honest with yourself, procrastinated about for years, is finally upon you. You grab the mouse in your slightly sweaty palm, swallowing down that crust of rye as you click that button that sends you spinning through the virtual web into the twilight zone…also known as Chemistry 1010.

Here you are confronted with an amalgamation of math, science and dread. The tuna on rye is sitting somewhere just below your breastbone as you think, just for a moment, “Oh my God, I’m in big trouble.” Flashbacks of your high school science teacher come to mind with the same potency of a black and white horror film. You hear the narrator in your head saying in that ominous voice, “The creature from the black lagoon with a scientific calculator is on the loose.”

“Ahhhh!” You hear yourself scream. Just then your 6 year old comes into the kitchen with a strange look on her face as she says “Oh my god mom, you are sooo weird.”

Thus the journey begins and the reality sets in that this will be a wild ride and the concept of online classes being easy is as far from your mind as what gourmet meal you will be preparing for dinner tonight. The laundry can wait one more hour and the dishes in the sink can soak for a few more minutes; as you begin to read the biographies of your classmates and you realize you are not alone, there are others out there reaching for an incredible dream. The same dream you have tucked somewhere in the back of your mind. This dream that will carry you forward into the future and it’s one that has been ignored far too long. So you say to yourself, “Bring on the lagoon dude, I will kick his butt!”

Are you a South University Online Programs  student interested in writing for this blog? Check the Welcome Center in the Campus Common to find out how!

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How Argosy Found My Smile

by Student
September 19, 2011

By Guest Blogger

Jessica Lopez
BS Criminal Justice Student at Argosy University Online Programs

Have you ever had a dream where you were someone else? A dream so real that when you woke up you had to look in the mirror and touch your face to make sure you were awake? I had a dream like that once upon time. Many years ago I used to feel like I was destined to be someone important. I was going to be a famous author, a big shot lawyer or President. I was going to be somebody and everyone was going to know my name. I was going to have my name in flashing lights. I was going to showcase my talents to the world! But then, the alarm clock rang and with one eye open I realized that the flashing lights were just dream.

Slowly, sitting on the edge of my bed staring in the mirror, I began to wonder how I let myself get so far off the path, the trajectory of my life. I sat listening to my husband snore and the kitten meowing loudly for his breakfast, and thought “what happened to me; who is this girl I see in the mirror?” After contemplating whether or not aliens snatched my body and I was just a programmed clone to do their bidding, I snapped back to reality and went on my morning routine stumbling across the room, tripping on the husband’s shoes (he swears he never leaves in the middle of the walkway). Cursing under my breath while racing the kitten to his food dish (at least he thinks we are racing to the food dish, I am racing to the coffee pot and happen to drop food in his dish so he will stop meowing) I wake my daughter up and tell her to get her dog outside and feed her. I hit the shower and finally wake up. Once I have had my shower and coffee, I proceed to make breakfast and then run out the door to work. This was my life. Isn’t life supposed to be fun? What happened to fun? My life sure felt like work.

Work, now there is a concept to think about. When I was younger I thought working was awesome. It was MONEY! What is better than MONEY? Once I moved out on my own, MONEY was taken by BILLS and work was no longer cool. Over the years I haven’t minded my jobs, but I felt like a brain dead clone. I became a lifeless robot stuck on repeat. Maybe at this point, I was wishing for an alien abduction just to have a funny story to tell at dinner. But reality sunk in and I realized I wanted more out of life.

One day searching on the internet, I saw some ads for online schools. I thought about requesting information just for the fun of it. One of my dreams did involve having a degree. So I got a little excited and went to request information, but guess what they asked for, “What career field are you interested in?” I looked at the screen like a lost puppy. I honestly had no idea what I really wanted to do with my life. It was like a wakeup call, something to think about.

I contacted Argosy admissions office and spoke to one of their admissions representatives. I felt kind of bad because I think I overwhelmed her with questions. She bent over backwards to help me make up my mind to enroll. She spent hours talking to me and I finally decided to enroll in the Psychology program because I was extremely interested in Psychology.

I started working on my general education credits and had a few psychology classes, and started doubting my interest in the psychology major. It was not a lack of interest in the program that made me change my mind, it was the in depth program that helped me realize who I am. I was amazed at how the classes brought about self-reflection. The discussion topics and reflection papers helped me define myself to myself. Right before the end of my freshman year I received a change in my academic and student finance counselors. I took this opportunity to get to know my new academic counselor and just started asking questions.

My academic counselor is the most amazing person. She is always there for me. She always listens to me, questions me about what I want out of life and what my true interests are. She has reassured me that I have not been abducted by aliens and this is NOT a dream. She helps me constantly on my journey of self-discovery and I am blessed to say that with her help I am now a sophomore majoring in Criminal Justice with a concentration on Forensic Psychology. It is with her guidance and the programs that Argosy has put together for their online students that have made me learn to smile again.

Today I woke up and looked in the mirror. I still tripped over my husband’s shoes and raced the kitten down the hall, but I was smiling while I did it. I have not felt so alive and in control of my life in a long time. I am proud to be an Argosy University Online Programs student. With their help, all my dreams are starting to feel possible.

Are you an Argosy University Online Programs student interested in writing for this blog? Check the Welcome Center in the Campus Common to find out how!

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Three More Groups of Commonly Misused Words

by South University
September 15, 2011

In our first post on the subject, we reviewed three commonly misused groups of words, but these weren't the only words we could have covered, so, in our second installment, we bring you some additional examples.

  • Every day versus everyday. You might find them used interchangeably, but the truth is that they have two separate meanings. Every day is the same as “each day” or “regularly” as in, “Every day I bring my lunch to work” or “I wish I could remember to wear my comfortable shoes to class every day.” Everyday, on the other hand, is an adjective meaning daily or commonplace, as in “My everyday life could use some excitement” or “I would not wear my everyday clothes to my best friend’s wedding.” It would be incorrect to say “Everyday I bring my lunch to work” or “I would not wear my every day clothes to my best friend’s wedding.”
  • Through, Thru and Threw. Through and Thru mean essentially the same thing, as in “I wish I didn’t have to drive through/thru all this traffic on my way to work” or “I am through/thru about one-third of my assignment.” The difference comes in the setting in which each is acceptable to use. Thru is actually an informal spelling of the word through and thus should not be used in academic papers or other formal settings. Thru might be acceptable in informal communications with friends and family, such as text messages and e-mails. Finally, threw is the past tense of throw, as in “He threw that ball clear across the field.”
  • Than versus Then. We’ll wrap up today’s installment with this pair, which may have caused everyone some confusion at one point or another. Than is used when comparing items, people or places, as in “She has taken more classes than he has” or “I would rather be studying than sitting in traffic.” Then is used as a description of time, as in “I logged in to the library, then I found the resource I needed” or “I added the milk, then the eggs, to the recipe.”
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