Frequently Asked Questions About Our BSN & RN Bridge Programs

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How is your program different from other BSN or RN bridge programs?
Can you provide a reference from a past or current student?
Is the Achieve Test Prep program accredited?
Does your program work with Excelsior College?
How much does your program cost?
Do you have financial aid?
Do I have to pay for everything upfront or can I pay as I go?
Do you have a withdrawl policy?
How do you handle the clinical portion of the training for the RN Bridge Program?
When does class start?
When do you hold classes and how long are they?
How do you handle the clinical portion of the training for the BSN Program?
Do you offer a referral program?
Do you offer a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program?
How does the new Excelsior policy for mandatory test prep for nursing exams that starts July 1, 2015 affect my current enrollment with ATP?
How does Excelsior’s upcoming forced test prep policy that starts July 1, 2015 impact future ATP students?
How do I register for ATP’s special information meeting about Excelsior’s new forced test prep program policy?
Why is Excelsior implementing this new forced test prep policy for the nursing exams?

Q: How is your program different from other BSN or RN bridge programs?Top

A: Some people find that the self-study, online components of many RN and BSN bridge don’t work very well for them. Achieve Test Prep’s program really is very different because we want you to succeed. The following are our distinct advantages:  

  1. Both our site-based and our virtual classes are taught live with qualified instructors. 

  2. Our pass rate is over 93%, but in the unlikely event that you fail an exam, we have ACHIEVE 911, our unique test remediation program that ensures your success and costs nothing. If you ever fail an exam, we will provide individualized attention and additional resources until you pass.

  3. Through the ATP Exam Fee Guarantee, if you fail an exam two times within 6-months of completing any course, we will reimburse the cost of your exam fee.

  4. The ATP Withdrawal Policy, was developed, because we understand life changes quickly.


Q: Can you provide a reference from a past or current student?Top

A: Absolutely! We'll be happy to provide you with a student reference after you meet with one of our admission's counselors. Please see our testimonials page for pictures of graduates and students that are willing to speak with you.


Q: Is the Achieve Test Prep program accredited?Top

A: If you're successful with our program, you will receive a degree from an accredited college. That's important, because you need an accredited degree in order to achieve your RN or BSN. Achieve Test Prep is a tutoring organization, not a college or a school.


Q: Does your program work with Excelsior College?Top

A: ATP’s program will allow you to attend a variety of well-known colleges and universities, who issue the appropriate credentials, according to their transfer credit policies. While Excelsior is one of these colleges, it is not the only college as there are many other great colleges to choose from.


Q: How much does your program cost?Top

A: We're the most cost-effective program, but the costs vary. One reason is that you can get credit for courses that you already took. Your cost could be as little as a few thousand dollars or as much as $15,000. It depends on how many courses you have to take.


Q: Do you have financial aid?Top

A: Yes, we have financial aid. When you come in for an appointment, we can evaluate what financial aid you qualify for.


Q: Do I have to pay for everything upfront or can I pay as I go?Top

A: You may pay as you go, but a small deposit is required when you enroll.


Q: Do you have a withdrawl policy?Top

A: Yes, we have a withdrawal policy, but very few of our students apply for a refund. However, if you're not satisfied for some reason, we will be happy to provide a refund based on our withdrawal policy. 


Q: How do you handle the clinical portion of the training for the LPN to RN bridge program?Top

A: Some of the colleges that work with our program give full credit for the clinical portion of the program to LPNs and therefore no additional clinical courses necessary.


Q: When does class start?Top

A: Our students typically start two weeks after enrollment. We're not restricted by standard semesters. We run our courses all year long. So you can start anytime!


Q: When do you hold classes and how long are they?Top

A: Each class runs once a week and meets for 4 hours. We run day, night and Saturday classes.


Q: How do you handle the clinical portion of the training for the RN to BSN bridge program?Top

A: Many of the colleges we work with give full credit for the clinical portion of the program to RNs and therefore no additional clinical is necessary. However, some colleges will require some clinical work, which would be performed at one of the many hospitals or other medical facilities in our network.


Q: Do you offer a referral program?Top

A: Yes, our current students often want to refer their friends. When a friend they refer enrolls, we express our thanks with a $50 gift.


Q: Do you offer a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program?Top

A: Sorry, not at this time.


Q: How does the new Excelsior policy for mandatory test prep for nursing exams that starts July 1, 2015 affect my current enrollment with ATP?Top

A: The short answer is that nothing changes except ATP will work with students to reorder, if necessary, their remaining courses to focus on completing the nursing exams first. Excelsior’s online learning modules can’t replace ATP’s live, teacher-led classes. Excelsior’s website lists a 73% pass rate and on our website we list about a 93% pass rate average.

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Q: How does Excelsior’s upcoming forced test prep policy that starts July 1, 2015 impact future ATP students?Top

A: Fundamentally, nothing at all changes. There are many pitfalls that stand in the way of successfully navigating Excelsior’s ASN bridge program, and Excelsior seems to have non-stop changes to its policies. If you fail an exam, your GPA will drop. If your GPA drops too low, you end up on academic probation. If you fail too many exams, you get kicked out of the program permanently. If you take a CLEP or DSST exam and fail it, you have to wait 6 months to retake.

Bottom line, you need to pass the exams on the first try and that is why you need ATP. The investment you make with ATP could potentially be very small compared to money and time that could be lost if you try to navigate the Excelsior ASN bridge program on your own. Not only do we give you the absolute best chance of passing the exam, we also provide lots of structure and support on the college’s policies and procedures to help you sidestep the pitfalls that many students encounter along the way, when they try the program on their own.

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Q: How do I register for ATP’s special information meeting about Excelsior’s new forced test prep program policy?Top

A: ATP’s current students will receive an email by September 30, 2014 explaining how to register for this important information session. If you don’t get the email by that date, you can give Academic Affairs a call and an academic advisor will guide you. (Please don’t call in until this date has passed.)


Q: Why is Excelsior implementing this new forced test prep policy for the nursing exams?Top

A: That’s a really good question. We wish we knew. ATP’s director sent a letter to both the president of Excelsior and to the dean of the nursing department expressing his concerns of how this new policy doesn’t seem to be in the student’s best interest, as it takes away the students freedom to choose the test prep class that works best for them, but unfortunately no one from Excelsior has bothered to even respond.