Excelsior College questions

  1. I am looking into Lpn- RN programs, Excelsior college has popped up in my search.
    For those who are going through or have been through their program, is it worth it? My Hubby is concerned about them not being Legit. LPN's how much credit were you given for being LPN's. Any difficulty with employers about having your degree through them.

    Am I understanding it correctly in that you primarily earn credit through taking their exams at a center? Correct me if I am wrong.
    Any other info you want to add will be much appreciated.
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  3. by   New Castle Ken
    Quote from NurseRatchet26
    I am looking into Lpn- RN programs, Excelsior college has popped up in my search.
    For those who are going through or have been through their program, is it worth it? My Hubby is concerned about them not being Legit. LPN's how much credit were you given for being LPN's. Any difficulty with employers about having your degree through them.

    Am I understanding it correctly in that you primarily earn credit through taking their exams at a center? Correct me if I am wrong.
    Any other info you want to add will be much appreciated.
    There are a lot of discussions around this board on Excelsior. I hope that you can find them. Yes, all credits for the RN courses come from the exams that you take. A few states do not allow RN grads from Excelsion take the state boards but there are only a few. Check with your Board of Nursing first. Excelsior is regionally accredited and Nursing accredited so they are legit. Good luck.
  4. by   NurseRatchet26
    Quote from New Castle Ken
    There are a lot of discussions around this board on Excelsior. I hope that you can find them. Yes, all credits for the RN courses come from the exams that you take. A few states do not allow RN grads from Excelsion take the state boards but there are only a few. Check with your Board of Nursing first. Excelsior is regionally accredited and Nursing accredited so they are legit. Good luck.
    Thanks for replying. I did do a search of these boards. I also emailed my state board, They do allow Excelsior grads to take the Nclex. It seems like an ideal situation for me.
  5. by   BBFRN
    Hi, Tammy. The EC program has been very good to me. The best advice I ever got that I'll pass on to you is to join the Yahoo study groups for the EC ASN program. Do a search on here if you need links to them. Not only will you find great study tools on them, but it helps very much to have contact with other people in the program to bounce things off of, get info from, or simply to see that it can be done. I have learned a lot of things from those who went before me, and the ones who have finished this program are very gracious and generous with their time and advice. They know how difficult this program is, and they offer great support (as do the other current students). I find this to be vastly different from a trad program where there is too much competition and people don't work together.

    There are quite a few other EC students here besides me, so if you ever have any questions let us know.
  6. by   Agnus
    Quote from NurseRatchet26
    I am looking into Lpn- RN programs, Excelsior college has popped up in my search.
    For those who are going through or have been through their program, is it worth it? My Hubby is concerned about them not being Legit. LPN's how much credit were you given for being LPN's. Any difficulty with employers about having your degree through them.

    Am I understanding it correctly in that you primarily earn credit through taking their exams at a center? Correct me if I am wrong.
    Any other info you want to add will be much appreciated.
    It is well worth it and NLN acredited. Been around since 1973. I went from LPN to RN via the traditional route but am doing my BSN though them. I highly recomend them. As an experienced LPN you should do well. It is really great for working adults.
    Here are some additional ways to contact them for info that you may not
    have 7 Columbia Circle,Albany, NY 12203-5159
    Phone toll free
    1 (888) 647-2388
  7. by   NurseRatchet26
    Quote from lgflamini
    Hi, Tammy. The EC program has been very good to me. The best advice I ever got that I'll pass on to you is to join the Yahoo study groups for the EC ASN program. Do a search on here if you need links to them. Not only will you find great study tools on them, but it helps very much to have contact with other people in the program to bounce things off of, get info from, or simply to see that it can be done. I have learned a lot of things from those who went before me, and the ones who have finished this program are very gracious and generous with their time and advice. They know how difficult this program is, and they offer great support (as do the other current students). I find this to be vastly different from a trad program where there is too much competition and people don't work together.

    There are quite a few other EC students here besides me, so if you ever have any questions let us know.
    I found the yahoo groups, there is a lot of great info on there. Thanks!
  8. by   NurseRatchet26
    Quote from Agnus
    It is well worth it and NLN acredited. Been around since 1973. I went from LPN to RN via the traditional route but am doing my BSN though them. I highly recomend them. As an experienced LPN you should do well. It is really great for working adults.
    Here are some additional ways to contact them for info that you may not
    have 7 Columbia Circle,Albany, NY 12203-5159
    Phone toll free
    1 (888) 647-2388
    Thanks Angus, I have been over their website a lot and called to have them send me the course catalog. I'm excited, I wasn't looking forward to going back to college with a bunch of 18 year olds feeling out of place (No offense to the 18 year olds, you guys just make me feel old). Plus I have two young kids and this will work better with my schedule. Can't wait to get started!
  9. by   zenman
    My Hubby is concerned about them not being Legit.
    They are legit. I got my BSN from them in 1982 and immediately went into a masters program with no problem.
  10. by   angelbear
    I and two of my coworkers are doing it and we love it. It is so much easier doing it together. I love that I can work and go to school too and still have time with my family. I am just at the beginning but I am convinced it is worth it. If you ever want to talk about it just pm me I love to talk school.
  11. by   Nursecathy123ca
    I'm a working RN, considering getting my BSN from Excelsior College. Advice found on this board has been helpful. I was concerned that some employers might not consider Excelsior a legit school.

    For those of you who did it this way, how were the weekend demonstration exams? I think there will be 2 of them. It looks like the site closest to me is in Plano.
  12. by   Betty_SPN_KS
    Quote from osborncs
    I'm a working RN, considering getting my BSN from Excelsior College. Advice found on this board has been helpful. I was concerned that some employers might not consider Excelsior a legit school.

    For those of you who did it this way, how were the weekend demonstration exams? I think there will be 2 of them. It looks like the site closest to me is in Plano.

    I've read on a study group post that the clinical examiner at Plano enjoys failing EC students and takes pride in failing them. Might want to join a group that can share information about the different clinical testing sites. Might be better to go to a different site even if you have to travel.
  13. by   orrnlori
    Gee, I could be wrong but I don't think you do the same kind of clinical evaluation at the BSN level you do at the ADN level. Check their website for a description ( and be sure to look at the cost!) of what is required for the BSN "clinical".
  14. by   Sheri257
    Well, I wasn't going to post this, but since you mentioned some concerns, what the hell.

    California just recently banned Excelsior, mostly due to complaints from hospitals and nursing associations. Some hospitals refused to hire their graduates, which is what prompted the state to take action and terminate the program.

    Maybe it won't matter in your state, but the program has been controversial in other states. Just FYI.
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Feb 29, '04

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