Excelsior question

  1. Hi,

    Are there any Georgia RNs that obtained there degree through Excelsior College?



    Thanks for your input.
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   willtm
    I graduated from EC Sept 16 and passed the nclex on Monday. Did you have some questions?




    Quote from born to nurse
    Hi,

    Are there any Georgia RNs that obtained there degree through Excelsior College?



    Thanks for your input.
  4. by   born to nurse
    Quote from willtm
    I graduated from EC Sept 16 and passed the nclex on Monday. Did you have some questions?
    Congratulations! Thanks for your reply, and I have many questions. How long did it take? How much did it cost? Is it possible to get your entire degree through EC? I have absolutely no college credits. I have been a LPN for 15 years. Is there any financial aid available at all? Did you take your NCLEX in Georgia? Thanks for your input.
  5. by   willtm
    I did all of my gen ed locally at Kennesaw state, which the georgia hope paid for including $150 per semester for books. I took the 7 NC tests, info lit and the cpne through EC. I spent about $5000 on EC, but I did the practice tests and the cpne workshop. They also raised the prices last summer after I was done. All of the classes/tests can be done through EC.

    To save money you can take all of your gen ed and the first 2 NC tests before you register with EC. Hopefully that would allow you to do the rest within a year so you don't have to pay the annual fee. If the only thing you have to do is the cpne and it puts you over a year they will waive the annual fee--the wait for the cpne is 5-7 months.

    I had the basic books already, so I didn't have to buy much. I did buy a few extra books. Books can be resold, so you get alteast part of your money back on them.

    There is no financial aid. You pay as you go. Even the enrollment fee can be broken down into smaller payments. It is SO worth it. My pay will almost double--I'm going from PRN dayshift to week end option day shift. Also, employers will help pay. I currently work prn, so I don't get education asistance, but full and part timers do.

    I took the nclex in MN and am endorsing to GA. GA does not allow EC grads to sit for the boards, but we can endorse in from any state. MN is the fastest. I got my MN licence in the mail 5 days after testing and am hoping to have my GA license in a week.

    I think this is the best option available for LPNs. I tried a local bridge program, I couldn't do 3 hours drives through atlanta traffic 2 days a week for clinical. This program allowed me to be at home with my kids--I would have spent more then $5000 in childcare and gas to the local bridge program. The cpne wasn't much, but it is doable, I passed on the first attempt, as do many others.

    I reccomend that you visit the yahoo groups. They have lots of extra study help in the file sections, plus support from study buddies.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/rnstudygroup

    If you have any other questions let me know.

    I hope this info is helpful,

    Tina
  6. by   2bnurseguy_2005
    Could someone enlighten me on Excelsion college? I have a BBA and am thinking about going back to change careers to become a nurse...I've wondering what type of school this is

    Quote from willtm
    I did all of my gen ed locally at Kennesaw state, which the georgia hope paid for including $150 per semester for books. I took the 7 NC tests, info lit and the cpne through EC. I spent about $5000 on EC, but I did the practice tests and the cpne workshop. They also raised the prices last summer after I was done. All of the classes/tests can be done through EC.

    To save money you can take all of your gen ed and the first 2 NC tests before you register with EC. Hopefully that would allow you to do the rest within a year so you don't have to pay the annual fee. If the only thing you have to do is the cpne and it puts you over a year they will waive the annual fee--the wait for the cpne is 5-7 months.

    I had the basic books already, so I didn't have to buy much. I did buy a few extra books. Books can be resold, so you get alteast part of your money back on them.

    There is no financial aid. You pay as you go. Even the enrollment fee can be broken down into smaller payments. It is SO worth it. My pay will almost double--I'm going from PRN dayshift to week end option day shift. Also, employers will help pay. I currently work prn, so I don't get education asistance, but full and part timers do.

    I took the nclex in MN and am endorsing to GA. GA does not allow EC grads to sit for the boards, but we can endorse in from any state. MN is the fastest. I got my MN licence in the mail 5 days after testing and am hoping to have my GA license in a week.

    I think this is the best option available for LPNs. I tried a local bridge program, I couldn't do 3 hours drives through atlanta traffic 2 days a week for clinical. This program allowed me to be at home with my kids--I would have spent more then $5000 in childcare and gas to the local bridge program. The cpne wasn't much, but it is doable, I passed on the first attempt, as do many others.

    I reccomend that you visit the yahoo groups. They have lots of extra study help in the file sections, plus support from study buddies.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/rnstudygroup

    If you have any other questions let me know.

    I hope this info is helpful,

    Tina
  7. by   willtm
    Excelsior college is a distance education school that offers a nursing program for people with clinical experience. You must be an LPN, EMT, resp. therapist or have completed half of a traditional RN program to be accepted into the school of nursing. Since you have a BBA your best bet is your local college, they usually offer a fast track for people who already have a bachelors--once you complete the prereqs of anatomy and physiology, micro, chem, and growth and development you go into the nursing part, which for the fast track is about 18 months. You would also be able to get financial aid. There are service cancellable student loans for nursing students, if you work full or part time after you finish school the government will pay your loan back/forgive the loan. Excelsior does not qualify for federal financial aid--you pay yourself or if your job offers education assistance they may help pay for it.

    Hope this helps


    Quote from nurseguy_2005
    Could someone enlighten me on Excelsion college? I have a BBA and am thinking about going back to change careers to become a nurse...I've wondering what type of school this is
  8. by   2bnurseguy_2005
    THANKS FOR THE HELP!! Everyone on this site is wonderful
    How do I find info about service cancellable loans

    I want to become an RN eventually but not sure if I should go for the ADN or BSN
    Did you attend EC

    Quote from willtm
    Excelsior college is a distance education school that offers a nursing program for people with clinical experience. You must be an LPN, EMT, resp. therapist or have completed half of a traditional RN program to be accepted into the school of nursing. Since you have a BBA your best bet is your local college, they usually offer a fast track for people who already have a bachelors--once you complete the prereqs of anatomy and physiology, micro, chem, and growth and development you go into the nursing part, which for the fast track is about 18 months. You would also be able to get financial aid. There are service cancellable student loans for nursing students, if you work full or part time after you finish school the government will pay your loan back/forgive the loan. Excelsior does not qualify for federal financial aid--you pay yourself or if your job offers education assistance they may help pay for it.

    Hope this helps
  9. by   willtm
    I recently graduated from EC, I was an LPN with 7 years experience, EC is not for the weak...Or the poor

    The financial aid office will be able to help you arrange the student loans. Georgia considers the nursing shortage to be critical so there are definately loans out there that are service cancellable. If I were you, I would go the bsn route since you already have a bachelor's. If you find a school that offers an accelerated program it would actually be shorter than an ADN program, I know Kennesaw state has an accelerated program. You already have the gen ed, you just need the nursing specific gen ed--which is the same for both programs except the chem--2 classes-- is not required for the ASN. Having a BSN will open many more doors for you, especially considering you have the BBA. It would definately be worth it to take the chem courses and get the BSN. I also think that ASN programs are more difficult to get into then the accelerated programs--not as many people in your position and you are proven--you already have a degree.

    I hope this info helps


    Quote from nurseguy_2005
    THANKS FOR THE HELP!! Everyone on this site is wonderful
    How do I find info about service cancellable loans

    I want to become an RN eventually but not sure if I should go for the ADN or BSN
    Did you attend EC
  10. by   2bnurseguy_2005
    Yeah I looked at KSU... The thing is my undergrad gpa was 2.71 which stinks. I took Bio I & II in undergrad and made B's in both but took Geology and got "D" in it though

    But do accelerated schools req you to complete the pre reqs before enrolling?

    So do youlike your career as a nurse? It seems more men are becoming nurses these days



    Quote from willtm
    I recently graduated from EC, I was an LPN with 7 years experience, EC is not for the weak...Or the poor

    The financial aid office will be able to help you arrange the student loans. Georgia considers the nursing shortage to be critical so there are definately loans out there that are service cancellable. If I were you, I would go the bsn route since you already have a bachelor's. If you find a school that offers an accelerated program it would actually be shorter than an ADN program, I know Kennesaw state has an accelerated program. You already have the gen ed, you just need the nursing specific gen ed--which is the same for both programs except the chem--2 classes-- is not required for the ASN. Having a BSN will open many more doors for you, especially considering you have the BBA. It would definately be worth it to take the chem courses and get the BSN. I also think that ASN programs are more difficult to get into then the accelerated programs--not as many people in your position and you are proven--you already have a degree.

    I hope this info helps
  11. by   willtm
    I have taken a fair amount of classes at KSU, aside from the parking issues it's a great school. They offer a lot of flexability--week end and evening classes and online classes. I think it's worth a shot for you to apply. They really look at the gpa on selected courses-- A&P, micro, chem--the nursing prereqs--rather then you over all gpa. I think it would be wise if it is not required to have the gen ed out of the way. Nursing is quite a monster, tons of reading and memorizing, community service, care plans and papers.

    I love being a nurse Men are always welcome in nursing. When I started my first job in NC my preceptor was a male nurse--he was a great nurse and preceptor. When I left there he was working on becoming a NP. I also had a friend at that hospital that taught me all the little tricks to starting IVs--he was a pro and taught me to be one as well. He ended up in the OR.

    Quote from nurseguy_2005
    Yeah I looked at KSU... The thing is my undergrad gpa was 2.71 which stinks. I took Bio I & II in undergrad and made B's in both but took Geology and got "D" in it though

    But do accelerated schools req you to complete the pre reqs before enrolling?

    So do youlike your career as a nurse? It seems more men are becoming nurses these days

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