the "clinicals" Excelsior is referring to is the 3 day CPNE.. the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination. The "biggie". Very intense.
I am an ex Air Force medical corpsman (too many moons ago), and yes, you are given special consideration for entrance to the program with this as your background. I went the Excelsior route and it was the best thing I could ever have done for myself. It enabled me to work fulltime and study at home. At my age, I was not into having to put up with all the "yuk" involved in going to a regualr school... by that I mean mostly "attitudes" of both students and instructors alike.
I could move along at my own pace and schedule my exams when I felt ready. On top of all that, the comapny I work for paid 100% tuition reimbursement, and that included books, exam fees, etc. The only thing I paid for was my plane ticket to Milwaukee to take the CPNE after all the academic courses had been completed.
There are SEVERAL threads here on the BB (see the Distance Learning forum) which might give you the information you need to narrow down your choices.
I have no regrets whatsoever. As far as clinical hands on experience, I had plenty of that in the military... equivilant to that of a civilian LPN and then some. I stuck with the medical field thereafter continuing to observe and learn from those around me.
Before the CPNE I shadowed an RN friend at her hospital for about two months... followed her every step and familiarized myself with new equipment and procedures, many of which they even allowed me to do since I was a nursing student, and only weeks away from graduation.
So give it some thought, do your research and do what you think suits your needs best. There are a number of us here who are Excelsior grads... I'm sure they will be happy to assist you as well.
Whatever you decide, wish you the very best !