LPN in the Excelsior RN program - page 2

Hello I am a Michigan LPN attempting to get my RN through Excelsior. I kept getting advertisements about 'Rue', one day I decided to call them. I had been waiting to get into local colleges only... Read More

  1. by   BBFRN
    Lizz,

    California is known for having very low college tuition rates, though. Nursing school is more expensive than what you're paying everywhere else. What a great deal! I would love to pay that kind of tuition! The cheapest CC around here is about $75 a credit hour- not bad, really. If I break down my EC costs including enrollment fee & CPNE, I am paying more- about $125 per credit hr. But the benefits have outweighed the cost in my situation...I can still work when I want, can be at the hospital with my sick Dad when I need to, have time with my family, etc. But it still take plenty of dedication to do it this way. I do need to point out that I get reimbursed for my tuition costs from my employer, though- something else to be considered. If you don't have that option, going with a publishing company like CHancellor's that will allow you to finance everything, and make monthly payments might be the best way to go- but you will be adding thousands of dollars to your cost. EC also has financing for the enrollment fee & CPNE fee, which can help.

    If you need to do a distance program that has financial aid available, Deaconess is a Title IV school- but you'll have to go to St. Louis a few times (I think) a year for clinicals, and their tuition is about $275 a credit hr.

    Weigh out your options- if your EFC on the FAFSA is pretty low, Deaconess might be a more cost effective option.
  2. by   featherzRN
    I paid about $2K for Excelsior - nursing tests, CPNE, etc. That was a few years ago, but still, it was a bargain considering I could work full time when I went through the program. Don't use any 'helper' companies, that's where the costs come in!

    And the CPNE is not that bad. We had 12 'students' at my CPNE, and 10 passed. The other two had not even cracked the study guide so we all knew they would fail.
  3. by   opalmRN
    Quote from friedchicken
    I did a search on 'excelsior' and came to this forum. I tried to post it in the Excelsior thread but the site wouldn't let me for some silly reason.

    So, I posted it HERE in hopes that someone has some words of wisdom or request for support, whatever. I will be eternally grateful.
    There are several EC "groups" at yahoo. You have to join the groups and then you are able to post questions and read the thousands of useful q/a already there. I have found folks on the yahoo EC groups to be very knowledgeable and always willing to help.

    Good luck
  4. by   Sheri257
    Quote from lgflamini
    Lizz,

    California is known for having very low college tuition rates, though. Nursing school is more expensive than what you're paying everywhere else. What a great deal! I would love to pay that kind of tuition!
    Actually, the tuition costs are actually cheaper than what I mentioned, less than $1,000. I threw in another $500 of extra clinical and other costs just to be fair, trying to take into account differences in the programs.

    A lot of California state schools are cheap. I've attended colleges in other states and, although it was several years ago, I don't remember seeing such cheap tuition. That's why I always laugh when everybody at my school complains about the recent tuition increase (which is included in that total, BTW.)

    You're probably right. My guess is that it's nothing compared to what other people pay elsewhere.

    :chuckle
    Last edit by Sheri257 on Jun 2, '04
  5. by   christine2005
    Quote from tjb73
    Hello Evryone:

    My name is Tonya. I live in VA. I am currently enrolled in the Excelsior RN program. I have had my 1st shipment shipped to me already. It is microbiology. It is no joke. I have been trying to study 1-2 chapters a night. I love the independent study. I previously attended Univ of Phoenix online for Business Admin. Good luck to everyone. I am new LPN graduate and passed my state boards.
    Tonya:

    I live in Northern Va in Loudoun County by Dulles Airport. I signed up thru Rue. Did you sign up thru Excelsior or a publishing company? I am doing the Nursing Concepts 1 now. Need to do micro. Hope it's not too difficult. Let me know where you live--Christine2005
  6. by   nadja9
    Quote from lgflamini
    Lizz,

    California is known for having very low college tuition rates, though. Nursing school is more expensive than what you're paying everywhere else. What a great deal! I would love to pay that kind of tuition! The cheapest CC around here is about $75 a credit hour- not bad, really. If I break down my EC costs including enrollment fee & CPNE, I am paying more- about $125 per credit hr. But the benefits have outweighed the cost in my situation...I can still work when I want, can be at the hospital with my sick Dad when I need to, have time with my family, etc. But it still take plenty of dedication to do it this way. I do need to point out that I get reimbursed for my tuition costs from my employer, though- something else to be considered. If you don't have that option, going with a publishing company like CHancellor's that will allow you to finance everything, and make monthly payments might be the best way to go- but you will be adding thousands of dollars to your cost. EC also has financing for the enrollment fee & CPNE fee, which can help.

    If you need to do a distance program that has financial aid available, Deaconess is a Title IV school- but you'll have to go to St. Louis a few times (I think) a year for clinicals, and their tuition is about $275 a credit hr.

    Weigh out your options- if your EFC on the FAFSA is pretty low, Deaconess might be a more cost effective option.

    Actually, Deaconess is over $400 per credit hour now. Just FYI
  7. by   vicko334
    if you go through excesilor can you sit for boards in alabama?
  8. by   BBFRN
    Quote from vicko334
    if you go through excesilor can you sit for boards in alabama?
    Call the Alabama BON and ask them...it's always best to get it from the horse's mouth. Good luck to you!
  9. by   texasdoll
    Quote from brent
    I am an LVN (Texas) who is going through Exelsior too. I purchased my books through The College Network. I am on my first book and I am having trouble keeping my focus. There is something to be said for the classroom experience. It sounds like you are ahead of me since I have not taken any of the exams yet. Hang in there. You will do it! I have heard about the "pre clinical class" too and have heard it is really good. Check it out and don't ever give up.
    What course are you currently taking? I'm taking up sociology and still have more prereqs to do. I have to learn to keep focused. Love to study, but....

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