All LPN-RN programs have good and bad aspects. I am a currently enrolled Excelsior College (EC) LPN-RN student. I am just about ready to take my final exam which is the CPNE. Here are some easy answers for you:
First and FOREMOST - Be sure your state BON accepts EC graduates
. Follow this link: http://www.excelsior.edu/state-board-requirements
If your state does not accept EC graduates, I recommend a different method to obtain your RN. There are ways to get around state requirements, but why bother.
If your state BON does accept EC grads, here is my advice. EC is expensive, confusing, time consuming, and like a maze to get through sometimes. You do have a clinical exam at the very end, that is 100% pass/fail, meaning you must pass with 100% accuracy, no mistakes. The CPNE is very intimidating, and expensive. You are allowed to retake the CPNE 3x's at FULL cost ($2025) each time. If you do not pass after your 3rd try, you are out of the program. That means all your money is gone, mainly because most local schools will not accept EC credits to gain entry into their LPN-RN programs. You will have spent over $10K and end up with nothing.
That being said...If you choose EC, you will get the most bang for your buck with them over local schools. All of your exams (credits) are done by exam only. That means no sitting in class, no giving presentations, no on campus time lost, no working class into your already busy schedule. You are expected to study for each exam, and pass each exam with a C or better. D or F will not earn the credits. You CAN retake any exam you need to, if you get a D or a F. You just have to pay for each one again (abt $250 each).
Yes EC is expensive. But so are traditional nsg schools. If you pass everything first try, and enroll with at least a few college credits (EC took all of my 10+ year old college credits), EC is less expensive than most other LPN-RN programs. EC provides you with free study material for each exam, and paid practice exams for each exam. I also used internet to help me study. EC does offer scholarships, I got $1000 credit to use towards exams. But no Pell Grants, or federal assistance because it is online.
DO NOT USE RUE or COLLEGE NETWORK
or anyone else trying to get you to use them as an agent for EC. I did and it was a costly mistake
. All information you need, you can get directly from EC, and any tips you need for studying for an exam, you can get from us at Allnurses.com
EC is NO EASIER
than traditional nsg school. It just works better for some of us because of time and family constraints. It can be done, and when you finish and pass NCLEX, your education is accepted everywhere, just as any other RN's education is accepted.
It has taken me 3 years to finish, and I am scared poopless
about taking the CPNE. But you know what? I did it. I am almost to the finish line. I am almost a graduate RN (once I pass CPNE)! Compared to going to tradition nsg school, I am glad I choose EC