Excelsior Pass Rates!!! - page 2

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Hey everyone, As I stated earlier, I am planning on going the Excelsior route and am currently waiting for my transcripts to be reviewed. One of my friends told me that a fellow co-worker told him that Excelsior is a rip off... Read More


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    I have known and worked with several successful EC grads, and plan on joining their ranks in a matter of weeks. The interactions that I have had with those who attempted and failed the CPNE seem to have a common thread; that being, they (for whatever reason) did not meet the "evidence-based" critical elements necessary for competency. If you know and can put into practice those foundational critical elements, then you have displayed objective evidence that you are competent for beginning nursing practice. If you cannot do so (again, for whatever reason), then there really are only two possible outcomes thereafter. The first is that you can become competent with additional learning resources and practice. The second is..well... that you just aren't competent. When viewed in this light, Excelsior's "low" pass-rate on the CPNE should be a comfort to our profession. We, and the public at large, should be reassured that incompetence is weeded out in this evidence-based, objective manner.
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    Excelsior is not a ripoff. The CPNE is pretty wicked hard and should be. It is their only chance to evaluate you in a clinical setting.
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    i passed my CPNE on the 1st. try.
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    Im glad that their are people who are letting those who are considering EC know that the CPNE is doable on the first try. Alot of other post have almost discouraged me from going this route. I guess it is know different that getting to the end of a semester or quarter at a traditional school and failing out with only one more sem/quarter to go. Best of luck to everyone...no matter their choice. But i think i will give EC a try, waiting on my transcripts so i can get them in the mail...
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    I failed my first CPNE and I can tell you that it was totally my own fault. I didn't fail one nursing thing--I failed because I let my nerves rattle me and make me act stupid. (As in identifying the patient--the first thing I did was ID my patient by name but I got interrupted and forgot to check the second ID point when I restarted. No way I'd do that in real life, but I just can't express to you how anxious I was.) And I was totally blown away by how anxious I was, because I never get nervous! I know that for one guy and one girl who failed with me, it was the same thing--all nerves, they didn't follow the CPNE protocol, and didn't fail any actual nursing skills. So, my advice is to be prepared for that
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    My friend just did her CPNE in May and passed. She said it was hard and the the nurses' were mean and ****** but she still was able to pass. She actually didn't go through the Excelsior program...she did TCN (which she said she wishes she didn't do) but with all that said she passed. And Excelsior has a workshop and dvd's that you can use to prepare. I know when it comes to that point for me I will use all the resources I can b/c I do want to pass on the first try.
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    Quote from yaya21
    My friend just did her CPNE in May and passed. She said it was hard and the the nurses' were mean and ****** but she still was able to pass. She actually didn't go through the Excelsior program...she did TCN (which she said she wishes she didn't do) but with all that said she passed. And Excelsior has a workshop and dvd's that you can use to prepare. I know when it comes to that point for me I will use all the resources I can b/c I do want to pass on the first try.
    Your friend DID "go through" Excelsior. Excelsior is the college that grants the degree. All TCN does is provide study materials for the Excelsior exams.
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    Quote from LPNBearColumbus
    Your friend DID "go through" Excelsior. Excelsior is the college that grants the degree. All TCN does is provide study materials for the Excelsior exams.

    I know...I mean she didn't sign up with Excelsior and do their whole program. She went through TCN which she regrest b/c it costs way more than just doing excelsior and she's stuck with a contract making payments. There's no need for TCN to do Excelsior.
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    Quote from yaya21
    i know...i mean she didn't sign up with excelsior and do their whole program. she went through tcn which she regrest b/c it costs way more than just doing excelsior and she's stuck with a contract making payments. there's no need for tcn to do excelsior.
    yes your friend did "sign up" with excelsior because excelsior college is the provider of the cpne and the grantor of the nursing degree. what your friend did is used a middleman, aka publishing company and thus costing her more money. what tcn does is just gives you the books to study and when you are ready, you take the excelsior nursing exams at pearsonvue. you are confusing tcn with excelsior. tcn is not a college.
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    The pass rate for the CPNE is consistently in the vicinity of 60%. There is a chance that you might fail it three times and be out of money, time, and your goal. But if you don't try, then you will be out anyway. You need to look at all of your options, including doing nothing, to see what is best for you.
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