The Excelsior College Distance Learning ADN Program: Facts, Answers, and Links - page 2

I thought I'd compile some basic information/answers to the questions we see here over and over. This is a work in progress. Please feel free to point out any errors. Thanks! 1. Excelsior College... Read More

  1. Visit  WildflowerRN profile page
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    I'm all for diversity in learning and alternatives to traditional learning, but you'll miss the comradery of nursing school. And that comradery gets you through some pretty crappy stuff that you've never seen and prepares you for dealing with the stuff we, as nurses have to deal with daily.
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  3. Visit  tnmarie profile page
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    Quote from WildflowerRN
    I'm all for diversity in learning and alternatives to traditional learning, but you'll miss the comradery of nursing school. And that comradery gets you through some pretty crappy stuff that you've never seen and prepares you for dealing with the stuff we, as nurses have to deal with daily.
    Are you kidding? My LPN class was FULL of drama, back-biting, and backstabbing. Not having to deal with that again was a HUGE plus of this program! Didn't have the time or money for brick-and-mortar anyway, so it all worked out. :-)
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  4. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from brandi45805
    Lunahrn, do I need to register to take my general ed classes through exe exams? I can only take 2 through Ace and I'm trying to figure the best and fastest options. I am taking bio and a&p through straighterline..I have an English completed through college already
    See number 22.
  5. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from WildflowerRN
    I'm all for diversity in learning and alternatives to traditional learning, but you'll miss the comradery of nursing school. And that comradery gets you through some pretty crappy stuff that you've never seen and prepares you for dealing with the stuff we, as nurses have to deal with daily.
    The people I met while studying for the CPNE are still my friends... CPNE study and survival is a bonding experience! A lot of people don't make the EC journey alone, and I agree - it is nice to go through things like this with others! Allnurses is great for that as well. :-)
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  6. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Quote from BarbaraNM
    Lunah,

    THANK YOU for compiling all this info for potential students! A very comprehensive list, for sure! It will save the newbies from having to read thousands of posts to get started... any way you can make it a permanent file in this site? I'm sure it will be copied and shared over and over...
    I will eventually make it a "sticky" at the bottom of the forum. Thanks!
  7. Visit  JustBeachyNurse profile page
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    This is definitely a FAQ sticky worthy post!
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    Quote from WildflowerRN
    I'm all for diversity in learning and alternatives to traditional learning, but you'll miss the comradery of nursing school. And that comradery gets you through some pretty crappy stuff that you've never seen and prepares you for dealing with the stuff we, as nurses have to deal with daily.
    With all due respect, in order to go through EC for the RN program, one has to meet certain criteria. One is hours of actual nursing experience. It's not like this school is just testing out paramedics and LPN's that have never hit the floor. A person better have a pretty good understanding of the nursing process to go anywhere in the EC program.
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  9. Visit  Nascar nurse profile page
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    Quote from WildflowerRN
    prepares you for dealing with the stuff we, as nurses have to deal with daily.
    Oh please, I was a nurse dealing with "stuff" for 19 years prior to completing this program...I didn't need a brick and mortar school to teach me how to deal with stuff.

    Lunah - I also did better with just scheduling my exams and then studying up to that date. And, I will never forget that Sunday drive home after passing the CPNE. What an absolute rush to know that I passed that beast (actually breezed right thru it with no retakes but that didn't help my nervousness while in the midst of it). I really did feel like I could conquer the world for awhile!
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  10. Visit  Mollypita profile page
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    Oh my, thinking of that CPNE six years ago still gives me chills... I was so horribly stressed I felt like I was in the twilight zone. And everything that could go wrong did- I locked my keys in the car the first day and had to call roadside assistance (thankfully I went to the car early), lost my watch and had to buy another one, couldn't sleep at ALL the first night despite Benadryl and Xanax! And then the second day I forgot my badge, didn't realize it until I had arrived at the hospital, but miraculously the instructor-in-charge allowed me to participate anyway. I still almost can't believe that I passed when I think of all that!! I'm sure many others have their own horror stories. :-) Despite all that, I have no regrets. Good luck to all in the program, if you pay attention to LunahRN's post and the Excelsior site, you should be able to make a well-informed decision about the program.
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  11. Visit  RyanCarolinaBoy profile page
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    Lunah:

    Hey, would you be willing to make your article into a sticky so it's always available for us to refer future excelsior students to?
  12. Visit  Pixie.RN profile page
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    Yep, I will make it into a sticky once it has moved down the page a bit.
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  13. Visit  jadelpn profile page
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    Thank you so much for this--I am going to take some pre-equs (which the credit hours needed are on the EC website)--as many online as I can.

    EduKan is also a great reference--they have lots of courses, are not expensive, and do have virtual labs for sciences online. I found them to be really helpful, and open to everyone.
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  14. Visit  squidbillies profile page
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    I can't seem to find the clinical requirements on their website. Can anyone provide a link or some info on that? I was under the impression that the only requirements to be considered for the program were licensure (EMT, LPN etc). Thanks


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