The Excelsior College Distance Learning ADN Program: Facts, Answers, and Links - page 3

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I thought Id compile some basic information/answers to the questions we see here over and over. This is a work in progress. Please feel free to point out any errors. Thanks! 1. Excelsior College (EC) ADN grads are not... Read More


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    Quote from WildflowerRN
    prepares you for dealing with the stuff we, as nurses have to deal with daily.
    Oh please, I was a nurse dealing with "stuff" for 19 years prior to completing this program...I didn't need a brick and mortar school to teach me how to deal with stuff.

    Lunah - I also did better with just scheduling my exams and then studying up to that date. And, I will never forget that Sunday drive home after passing the CPNE. What an absolute rush to know that I passed that beast (actually breezed right thru it with no retakes but that didn't help my nervousness while in the midst of it). I really did feel like I could conquer the world for awhile!
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    Oh my, thinking of that CPNE six years ago still gives me chills... I was so horribly stressed I felt like I was in the twilight zone. And everything that could go wrong did- I locked my keys in the car the first day and had to call roadside assistance (thankfully I went to the car early), lost my watch and had to buy another one, couldn't sleep at ALL the first night despite Benadryl and Xanax! And then the second day I forgot my badge, didn't realize it until I had arrived at the hospital, but miraculously the instructor-in-charge allowed me to participate anyway. I still almost can't believe that I passed when I think of all that!! I'm sure many others have their own horror stories. :-) Despite all that, I have no regrets. Good luck to all in the program, if you pay attention to LunahRN's post and the Excelsior site, you should be able to make a well-informed decision about the program.
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    Lunah:

    Hey, would you be willing to make your article into a sticky so it's always available for us to refer future excelsior students to?
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    Yep, I will make it into a sticky once it has moved down the page a bit.
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    Thank you so much for this--I am going to take some pre-equs (which the credit hours needed are on the EC website)--as many online as I can.

    EduKan is also a great reference--they have lots of courses, are not expensive, and do have virtual labs for sciences online. I found them to be really helpful, and open to everyone.
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    I can't seem to find the clinical requirements on their website. Can anyone provide a link or some info on that? I was under the impression that the only requirements to be considered for the program were licensure (EMT, LPN etc). Thanks
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    Quote from squidbillies
    I can't seem to find the clinical requirements on their website. Can anyone provide a link or some info on that? I was under the impression that the only requirements to be considered for the program were licensure (EMT, LPN etc). Thanks
    #21 in the original post: Admission Requirements for Associate Degree in Nursing Programs - excelsior.edu

    EMT-B would not qualify, but EMT-P (paramedic would) Not sure what you mean by clinical requirements....the clinical skills are assessed by the CPNE. Some state BoN's require additional clinical preceptorship hours before a candidate is NCLEX/license eligible. (For example, LPN's in GA have a clinical preceptor hours requirement which varies depending on the LPN's current work environment and how long at the job)
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    JustBeachyNurse, thank you. Some comments in other posts led me to believe that in addition to being a license PN, one also needed a certain number of clinical hours ie work experience. Thanks for clarifying.
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    Quote from squidbillies
    JustBeachyNurse, thank you. Some comments in other posts led me to believe that in addition to being a license PN, one also needed a certain number of clinical hours ie work experience. Thanks for clarifying.
    No, you don't need clinical experience, though it may be helpful for some.
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    Hi lunahrh. quite well written. Do you know much about online RN-BSN programs? which ones are the best etc/ I have a dual bachelors in other fields so it may not take me quite as long. I am hoping to get out of chemistry for now also. I also have some questions for you about the army nursing. you respnded to a few of my questions from one of my topics. thanks a ton!!!
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