lvn to rn programs (excelsior)??

  1. i am an lvn in the bay area. i just got a great job full time and won't really allow me to go back to school for my rn. i have heard about excelsior college online and am hesitant to enroll. has anyone gone through the program? any other suggestions besides the 30 unit option which will probably take about 2 years right?? help anyone
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  3. by   Nurse_Ben
    Quote from mlim
    i am an lvn in the bay area. i just got a great job full time and won't really allow me to go back to school for my rn. i have heard about excelsior college online and am hesitant to enroll. has anyone gone through the program? any other suggestions besides the 30 unit option which will probably take about 2 years right?? help anyone
    I think excelsior only does RN to BSN.
  4. by   RNBSN1
    Excelsior College offers both 2 and 4 year RN degrees.
  5. by   Drysolong
    Quote from mlim
    i am an lvn in the bay area. i just got a great job full time and won't really allow me to go back to school for my rn. i have heard about excelsior college online and am hesitant to enroll. has anyone gone through the program? any other suggestions besides the 30 unit option which will probably take about 2 years right?? help anyone
    Check Yahoo groups. They have a number of groups for Excelsior students and you can get more info about the Excelsior program from some of the subscribed students. And yes they do have associate's and bachelor's RN programs.
  6. by   mlim

    Thanks for the advice!!


    Quote from Drysolong
    Check Yahoo groups. They have a number of groups for Excelsior students and you can get more info about the Excelsior program from some of the subscribed students. And yes they do have associate's and bachelor's RN programs.
  7. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from Nurse_Ben
    I think excelsior only does RN to BSN.
    And you would be wrong, Nurse_Ben. Excelsior offers an ADN program (two types), a BSN program, and an MSN program, all fully accredited by the state of New York and the NLN. It has 34,000 students, 17,000 of which are nursing students. They graduate (my estimate only) up to 250 nurses every month. (Yes, month.)

    However, OP, you are in California, and your state's BON has determined that although you cannot graduate from Excelsior without demonstrating your clinical ability in a much more intensive manner than any traditional school requires (I just did it, thank you, and it was a major bear), Excelsior grads don't meet the licensing requirements for your state.

    So, unless you are close to a border and intend to practice on the other side of it, you probably best look elsewhere, until the political forces swing the other way and they change their minds again. (Sorry....)
  8. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Quote from RNBSN1
    Excelsior College offers both 2 and 4 year RN degrees.
    Actually, since Excelsior allows students to work at their own pace, your "2 and 4 year degree" can be done in a few months or stretched out over several years.

    Consequently, one might tend to think of them as the ADN or the BSN or the MSN......
  9. by   RNBSN1
    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    Actually, since Excelsior allows students to work at their own pace, your "2 and 4 year degree" can be done in a few months or stretched out over several years.

    Consequently, one might tend to think of them as the ADN or the BSN or the MSN......
    I know. I've earned both my ASN and BSN degrees at USNY, Regents College.
  10. by   mlim
    Should I go straight for my BSN or just my ADN?? How long did it take you to finish? Thanks again for the advice.


    Quote from chris_at_lucas
    Actually, since Excelsior allows students to work at their own pace, your "2 and 4 year degree" can be done in a few months or stretched out over several years.

    Consequently, one might tend to think of them as the ADN or the BSN or the MSN......
  11. by   mdwfe2b
    Quote from mlim
    Should I go straight for my BSN or just my ADN?? How long did it take you to finish? Thanks again for the advice.
    Indiana state univeristy is offering an lpn/vn to bsn program that is all online. My DH is enrolling in the program and you should have no problems with Ca's BON
    Here is the contact info to get more information about it.

    Ruth Thompson School of Nursing Office Assistant III Room 425 Terre Haute, IN 47809 812-237-2329 nuruth@isugw.indstate.edu
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    http://www.rn.ca.gov/news/news.htm

    EXCELSIOR COLLEGE UPDATE
    Decision Regarding Excelsior College

    The California Board of Registered Nursing adopted the following motion at its board meeting on February 6, 2004:
    "The following action supersedes and replaces the December 5, 2003, Board action related to Excelsior College.

    "Excelsior College graduates, like other out-of-state graduates, must meet the requirements set forth in California Business and Professions Code Section 2736, including supervised clinical practice concurrent with theory, in order to be eligible for examination and licensure as a California registered nurse. This eligibility requirement applies to students who enrolled at Excelsior on or after December 6, 2003."
  13. by   mdwfe2b
    Quote from spacenurse
    http://www.rn.ca.gov/news/news.htm

    EXCELSIOR COLLEGE UPDATE
    Decision Regarding Excelsior College

    The California Board of Registered Nursing adopted the following motion at its board meeting on February 6, 2004:
    "The following action supersedes and replaces the December 5, 2003, Board action related to Excelsior College.

    "Excelsior College graduates, like other out-of-state graduates, must meet the requirements set forth in California Business and Professions Code Section 2736, including supervised clinical practice concurrent with theory, in order to be eligible for examination and licensure as a California registered nurse. This eligibility requirement applies to students who enrolled at Excelsior on or after December 6, 2003."
    That is the reason my husband decided to go with ISU when he found out about their program. It's new and he will meet all clinical requirements through them because he will do them at the hospital where he works with some of the bsn's who work there (no expensive CPNE) It meets all State's education and clinical requirements including California's and Washington's.
    Seems to be a bit less expensive than Excelsior too and you can get federal student loans.
  14. by   mlim
    Thanks for the update! BTW what is ISU? I missed you there ?!? How long is it? Could you give me the details? Thanks in advance

    Quote from mdwfe2b
    That is the reason my husband decided to go with ISU when he found out about their program. It's new and he will meet all clinical requirements through them because he will do them at the hospital where he works with some of the bsn's who work there (no expensive CPNE) It meets all State's education and clinical requirements including California's and Washington's.
    Seems to be a bit less expensive than Excelsior too and you can get federal student loans.

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