WOW! All I can say is, I took my first nursing exam with Excelsior on 08/31/2009 and took the last on 11/02/2009. Then I took A&P on the day before Thanksgiving and Micro on the Xmas Eve, passed the CPNE on Valentines weekend 2010, and graduated officially 04/16/2010. 6 months with EC and an additional 2 months for boards which I passed on 06/16/10. 8 months total. Not trying to contradict your instructor at all but Excelsior's program can be done. I had been an LPN for 24 years when I decided to go back to school. Although I don't know what you clinical background is as an LPN/LVN, I just would like to offer a teeny tiny bit of advice: Don't let anyone, anywhere, at anytime cause you to underestimate yourself, especially if that individual gets paid to reel in customers. Please, I mean no harm in that statement; I just know what can be done because I did it under the worst possible personal conditions: death of a family member and a very UN-supportive husband-turned-ex all during my CPNE weekend! Good luck in whatever you decide and CONGRATULATIONS to you already for being an LPN/LVN.
Ladside, RN, BSN student, LPN
As far as the theory goes, EC's courses teaches textbook theory, not what we do in everyday life. The moderators/professors of the college will remind you of that with each exam. LPNs have to "deprogram" themselves from what we do 'hands-on' versus what situations call for based on textbook theory.