Certain States do not Accept Excelsior?

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    Hi everyone,
    I was thinking about bridging from LPN to RN through Excelsior but when I was in the process of getting my LPN License in another State, I thoroughly read the terms/conditions. My state does not accept a degree from Excelsior. Why is this? I thought it was an accredited online nursing program. Do some of you who have a degree through this program have success in finding a job? Also, I'm worried about how much it would cost. Is it just as expensive as a local nursing program? I am guessing I won't be able to pursue this since my state doesn't recognize it as a program. I was surprised when I found this out because several of my coworkers are actually in that program.
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    I have never had a problem with my degree from them. Money wise came out about the same as any other university. The CPNE ( clinical exam ) was expensive but I had enough timne to save up for it. Ok, so when I needed to move I tried to endorse in a state that does not accept them. ( yes, they are accredited ) The catch with me is I have over 11 years experience. The state gave me a hard time but I had to file a grievance, additional letters of reccommendation from my bosses saying I am clinically ok to work as a RN. I got my letter from that BON with an apology and a license. In other words, it can be done but you'll have some hoops to go through. Of course, Murphy's Law, now that I went through all that headache we are not moving. LOL
    I would advise if you know that you'll be moving to really think Excelsior through though. If you won't be moving for a while then I would give it consideration. Only you know your situation though. Best wishes as you bridge from your LPN to RN. Hey, I love the switch but my LPN experiences were great too.
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    There is a lot of info here, including a link to EC's page about which states have additional requirements: http://allnurses.com/excelsior-colle...ce-808335.html

    In a nutshell, EC's program does not include clinicals delivered concurrently with theory, which is a sticking point for some BONs.
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    Quote from skittlebear
    Hi everyone,
    I was thinking about bridging from LPN to RN through Excelsior but when I was in the process of getting my LPN License in another State, I thoroughly read the terms/conditions. My state does not accept a degree from Excelsior. Why is this? I thought it was an accredited online nursing program. Do some of you who have a degree through this program have success in finding a job? Also, I'm worried about how much it would cost. Is it just as expensive as a local nursing program? I am guessing I won't be able to pursue this since my state doesn't recognize it as a program. I was surprised when I found this out because several of my coworkers are actually in that program.
    They updated their website I think, but from the looks of it California is the only state that won't accept you at all unless you graduated before 2003 I believe.

    Note* I have never contacted the school and never went but this what I can tell from their site. Alot will just accept it but some require you to have a few hundred hours in your state where you get licensed up to having 2 years full time in your current state. Some require preceptorships but surely note impossible.
    Last edit by BOSS man on Jul 19, '13
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    Quote from BOSS man
    They updated their website I think, but from the looks of it California is the only state that won't accept you at all unless you graduated before 2003 I believe.
    Minor clarification -- students had to be enrolled by December 2003, not graduated by then, and must have maintained continuous enrollment. But since the max time for enrollment for students to complete the program is 7 years, you won't find any EC grads who are able to seek licensure by exam there past 2010.
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    Quote from skittlebear
    Hi everyone,
    I was thinking about bridging from LPN to RN through Excelsior but when I was in the process of getting my LPN License in another State, I thoroughly read the terms/conditions. My state does not accept a degree from Excelsior. Why is this? I thought it was an accredited online nursing program.
    Just because a program is accredited doesn't mean that it meets a BON's standards. In the case of the CA BRN, Excelsior's program doesn't meet those standards, particularly in the area of clinical practice. If you are planning to ever work in CA, then do not enroll in the EC LPN-RN program as they will not license you, nor will getting your BSN later at a CA approved school atone for having an Excelsior ADN, as BONs look at the pre-licensure school when evaluating someone for licensure/endorsement. The CA BRN isn't really budging on this point.

    Reading material:
    Board of Registered Nursing - Excelsior College

    The other 48 (soon to be 49--apparently Maryland's changed its mind) and DC still accept EC grads, though several states have certain stipulations attached to licensure.

    Perhaps your coworkers are planning to work in other states after graduation, or they don't know about CA's lack of love for Excelsior...hopefully it's the former.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Jul 22, '13 : Reason: grammar
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    Thanks everyone for your replies. They were very helpful. :-)
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    I know Washington State requires you to have 200 clinical hours before they will license you. Federal facilities like Army, Navy, Air Force and VA don't care what state you are licensed in. I had a friend who got her license in another state, worked in the Army hospital for a year, then got reciprocity to Washington. Just another way to skin a cat.


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