The Excelsior College Distance Learning ADN Program: Facts, Answers, and Links - page 7

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. by   JustBeachyNurse
    Quote from myshop
    Did anybody use Achieve prep test school, to help with Exelsiour?
    It's an expensive study service on top of all of Excelsior's fees & tuition. Neither affiliated with nor endorsed by Excelsior. If you need a classroom environment to learn its mush more cost effective to attend a traditional brick & mortar school. It's not much different that The a College Network, Rue, Chancellors, DLSi and other publishing companies.
  2. by   Peterjoy93
    Very well written; posted on FB.
  3. by   bEgger
    Thanks for the help!!
  4. by   emtpbill
    I know that one can take the tests, fail the first, fail the second on the third failure you are dismissed from the program.
    My question is, I will be taking the health safety exam next month and it will be my first time taking the test out option. If I happen to bomb, which I hope not, and decided the test out option is not for me, can I just take the class equivalent?
  5. by   Pixie.RN
    Yep, people who have failed exams have then signed up for the 8-week course.
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Checked some links, updated some numbers, added info about the TEAS.
  7. by   SCMent
    I had the same feelings when I read that post
  8. by   boneknuckleskin
    Great information, thank you. So, I have a question. Some states don't accept Excelsior, got it. So let's say I get a nursing license in a state which does accept Excelsior grads and then I get a job as an RN. After working ## years in that state in which I got my license, I suddenly decide to move to a state that does not accept Excelsior grads for initial(?) RN licensure. At that point, does my ## years of work as a RN negate the issue that states BON has with Excelsior graduates? It seems silly that having not done a few clinicals concurrent with my nursing classes, or doing an online lab for my microbiology class in lieu of a classroom would trump actual real-life work experience as a registered nurse several years after the fact, doesn't it? I'm still trying to understand how this licensure stuff works.
  9. by   Nalon1 RN/EMT-P
    California is the only state that you can not get a license in regardless of the number of years experience or number of degrees. All other states will allow it, some with stipulations.
    Yes it is odd, but it is their rules.
  10. by   lvnforschool
    So I am probably in the minority here. I am working LVN of 4 years, living in CA. I have the intention of starting this program, and in 2-3 years moving to Nevada. So I just need to know if anyone has tried this method of licensure or how that works with starting in CA but moving to another state later?
    Thanks for any help
  11. by   BSNbeDONE
    Quote from lvnforschool
    So I am probably in the minority here. I am working LVN of 4 years, living in CA. I have the intention of starting this program, and in 2-3 years moving to Nevada. So I just need to know if anyone has tried this method of licensure or how that works with starting in CA but moving to another state later?
    Thanks for any help
    California will not accept this degree. You would either have to move earlier than anticipated in order to work as an RN, except for the VA, or continue to work as an LVN in California until you are ready to move to another state.
  12. by   lvnforschool
    Yes I would like to continue working as an LVN until I am ready to take the boards- get Licensed in Nevada. I am curious as I read it takes awhile to get an appt to take the final exam CNEP(?) and I honestly will not be ready for at least 2 years to move, as I have children who need to finish high school first.
  13. by   BSNbeDONE
    That depends on where (how far) you're willing to go to test. A friend of mine just became CPNE-eligible during the summer, and just passed the CPNE 4 days ago. She accepted a testing date out in Texas, though. Another guy I know also became CPNE-eligible during the summer and he accepted a cancellation date for this past October, and gave it up! I couldn't believe that!! But, that was his choice.

    What I will say is this. The program worked very well for me and some personal friends of mine. It is for the highly motivated since there is no one to make you study. If you were to be as fortunate as a few others have been and breeze right through the program, you might want to gauge your steps carefully, given your plans to move. You wouldn't want to have a huge gap in between college graduation and taking the NCLEX. The flip side of the coin is that you wouldn't want to have a huge gap in between passing the NCLEX and securing that first RN position, either. Gaps tend to be viewed as red flags with potential employers, whether we can control them or not.

    Of course, the way things are set up with the college, you probably won't have any issues with your timeline. But it is possible to progress quicker than expected with the right amount of motivation, determination, and funding to support that determination. Even if you were to begin today and finish in exactly two years, that's still a whole year before you plan to move and begin working as an RN.

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