Im and LPN who wants to become an RN! Whats the deal with Excelsior??? - page 3

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I want to become an RN.......I have been an LPN for about 6 years and I love it but I just got to a point where im able to go back to school to further my education. I want to and have wanted for a long time to become an RNbut... Read More


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    i have so many question i would love to talk with someone regarding this i live in westchester i am an lpn and want to enroll but i am very nervous. Is there anyone in the area or even nyc? if i enroll id like to get some study buddies so we can help eachother
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    Hi bubbles,

    Did you apply already? I live in NY
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    I know this is an old post, but I will chime in.... I completed my LVN-RN transition through Excelsior in 2011. It took me 14 months, including the time to study and take the CPNE. I live in Texas, and traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for my CPNE. I passed the CPNE in one attempt with no fails/repeats. Meanwhile, I worked two jobs and have a wife and kids. I did most of my studying at my home health job at night when I had lots of down time. Without Excelsior, I would still be an LVN, as I still have to work two jobs and have never been in a position to go back to a traditional classroom program since LVN school years ago. However, success in Excelsior requires absolute self discipline and motivation. I know a lot of people who started and have never finished because they are not disciplined enough to do the work. There are no deadlines set for you, and nobody is going to call and check on you to make sure you are making progress. You are on your own. The CPNE is crazy stressful, and requires extensive preparation, but is do-able. I have been an RN now for almost two years, and my primary job is ICU/Telemetry and I still do Home Health on the side. I make a ton more money than I did as an LVN. I LOVE Excelsior. hope this helps anybody who is questioning Excelsior.
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    Quote from BerryHappy
    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: State Board Requirements - excelsior.edu
    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 !
    How did you get the scholarship?
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    Quote from msa9179
    I know this is an old post, but I will chime in.... I completed my LVN-RN transition through Excelsior in 2011. It took me 14 months, including the time to study and take the CPNE. I live in Texas, and traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for my CPNE. I passed the CPNE in one attempt with no fails/repeats. Meanwhile, I worked two jobs and have a wife and kids. I did most of my studying at my home health job at night when I had lots of down time. Without Excelsior, I would still be an LVN, as I still have to work two jobs and have never been in a position to go back to a traditional classroom program since LVN school years ago. However, success in Excelsior requires absolute self discipline and motivation. I know a lot of people who started and have never finished because they are not disciplined enough to do the work. There are no deadlines set for you, and nobody is going to call and check on you to make sure you are making progress. You are on your own. The CPNE is crazy stressful, and requires extensive preparation, but is do-able. I have been an RN now for almost two years, and my primary job is ICU/Telemetry and I still do Home Health on the side. I make a ton more money than I did as an LVN. I LOVE Excelsior. hope this helps anybody who is questioning Excelsior.
    Congrats msa. I'm in the home stretch. Hope to start FCCA in July, then CPNE. Has taken me a little longer, I think I over study. Guess that's better then under studying. It has been a long journey and sometimes I miss the classroom experience but this ws the only way for me.


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