i would advise any one who is contemplating getting their degree through excelsior or anyone to,
1. talk with your state board of nursing
2. find out if employers
hire their graduates
3. determine if you are self motivated
4. find out what graduated schools accept their graduates
5. find out what undergraduated schools accepted their clep courses either general or nusing courses
6. determine what you expect from their program
7. inquire what their program expects from you
8. find out if going through rue and others publishers is necessary or should you go through excelsior only.
9. seek information about your local college nursing program
and compare excelsior's nursing classes and general courses
10. ask your local college about their clinical rotations/hours and compare excelsior's cpne (3 day one weekend clinical rotation)/hours
11. compare both programs cost
i do know that if you have had any clinical experiences with direct patient situations, except for nursing assistants, you can obtain your degree through excelsior. in their catalog, it states that if you can provide documentation of clinical experiences for those who are not lpn/lvn, rn, paramedics, cma, etc. it is possible to obtain your rn through them. their catalog can be downloaded.
i started with rue/regents in 1997 and after much consideration, it was not for me.and our board of nursing was not "excited" with this route to obtained one's degree. i was concerned about the clinical rotations and direct personal contact with instructors and students, although excelsior have adviors and students that can be of help.
excelsior rn (adn) program is designed to be completed in 24 months but you may take up to seven years to complete the program.
you have 6 times to pass the general and nursing courses and 3 times to pass the cpne (clinical rotation of one weekend) and if unsuccessful, you are out of their program.
your general education courses may be older than 5 years and this includes your sciences.
this route to obtain a degree is all some people have to doing so, but it is a personal choice and it has been done.
if i may, seek information from the schools directly you wish to attend. although those who have experiences from the school you are interested in, there will be many views, either positive or negative and your personality, ability, and determination may be just the opposite.
all the best to you.