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I hope you'd be able to advise me on this. I am a foreign-trained doctor who had been displaced in my job (replaced by an RN) & receiving unemployment benefits. I just learned that I had been approved to receive a small amount of money fromthe Dept. of Labor for training purposes. I initially planned to enroll for an LPN program & continue to become an RN later. I will be adding 16K to the amount I'll receive to take the LPN course. Now, I recently learned about Excelsior. My questions:
1. Can anybody advise me if the Excelsior route to become an RN would be more practical in my case?
2. Which route would be less costly?
3. Do you have any idea if there are any foreign doctors who took the Excelsior route to be an RN & got hired?
BTW, I have 4 years of clinical experience before I came here to the US to start a family. My husband is a US citizen, and I am now, too.
Thanks for your help in advance.
Call or go to Excelsior Website. Your transcript needs to be evaluated by credential evaluators ( they will let you know which one they use) then from that, they can tell you the needed subjects/pre-reqs that you still have to take before the actual nursing program. Some of your subjects from MD might get credited. If you don't mind me asking, when did you graduate from your MD?
RE: cost. I went the LPN route then bridge to RN via Excelsior, not only because of financial reasons, but also to gain the clinical experience. You're going to need it when you take the CPNE (their clinical test) later. Assuming you have no clinical experience here in U.S. (read excelsior nursing program details).
I know lots of FMG who took Excelsior and they're working as RNs now. (ICU, ER, Dialysis, medsurg)
As previous poster said, you need discipline. Excelsior is a self-paced independent study. I liked it bec I could work at the same time and spend time with family.
Note that California does not accept Excelsior grads anymore.