LPN in the Excelsior RN program

  1. 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 to be told to reapply next year.

    Turns out Rue is just a seller of books and study guides. The program is through Excelsior, which may have their own study guides and whatnot.

    I passed the first few exams easily on prior knowledge alone.

    What I am worried about is the CPNE. My boss passed it a few years ago.
    She said she was the only one who passed, she was the only one with 'the book'.
    Her advice was to be confident, know your assessment and documentation on each body system and verbalize everything.
    That clinical is so darn expensive I can't afford to fail it.
    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.
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  3. by   NurseChick04
    Hi,
    I have thought about doing the Excelsior program myself but I have always had a fear of that clinical at the end and I could never get myself to study on my own. Now that I live in California I cannot go through Excelsior because the boards here do not accept Excelsior graduates to take boards. Anyway, while I was trying to pursue that route I heard of a few places that offer a clinical prep portion that is suppose to prepare you for the CPNE. I do not know the names but I am sure if you contact Excelsior they would know. Supposeably this prep course is very good and has a high success rate if you take it before you do your CPNE. I believe it was through Chancellors and for some reason I am thinking it was around $400 but well worth it if it almost guarantees you to pass the first time. Good luck!
  4. by   brent
    Quote from friedchicken
    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 to be told to reapply next year.

    Turns out Rue is just a seller of books and study guides. The program is through Excelsior, which may have their own study guides and whatnot.

    I passed the first few exams easily on prior knowledge alone.

    What I am worried about is the CPNE. My boss passed it a few years ago.
    She said she was the only one who passed, she was the only one with 'the book'.
    Her advice was to be confident, know your assessment and documentation on each body system and verbalize everything.
    That clinical is so darn expensive I can't afford to fail it.
    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.
    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.
  5. by   friedchicken
    Fortunately in my case Michigan accepts it (Excelsior) and the other states I've looked into will license by endorsement. I am interested in a CA job. I was thinking of, of course, maintaining my MI license and getting a my RN by endorsement while working as an LPN in whatever state I happen to choose.
    I know that someone I worked with, for example, lived in Ohio but kept her Michigan license.
  6. by   friedchicken
    Have you called Excelsior and gotten their official study guides? It isn't anything to worry about anyhow. During my first exam I thought I was failing, but just deciding what was the most logical answer ended up giving me the score of an A.

    I told myself I'd complete a certain number of pages in my study guide every day to have each course completed in one month.

    I remember one of my instructors telling me it was a requirement for Texas LPNs to be bilingual, is that so?
  7. by   niecy_nurse
    I am a proud Regents College graduate. I am now looking into pursuing my Bachelors degree. I am a firm believer that you can succeed at anything if you put your mind to it.

    Sheryl
  8. by   brent
    Quote from friedchicken
    Have you called Excelsior and gotten their official study guides? It isn't anything to worry about anyhow. During my first exam I thought I was failing, but just deciding what was the most logical answer ended up giving me the score of an A.

    I told myself I'd complete a certain number of pages in my study guide every day to have each course completed in one month.

    I remember one of my instructors telling me it was a requirement for Texas LPNs to be bilingual, is that so?
    I am an LVN in Texas and no, you do not have to be bilingual. I'm not, and most nurses I know aren't. It is a definite plus if you are but it is not a requirement. The school I went to now offers a course in Spanish just for nurses. It would be a great course to take.
  9. by   friedchicken
    I just want to thank you all for your encouraging replies!

    The university I am looking into does not care WHERE my RN is from. Any RN can enter their BSN programs at the same point.
  10. by   Sheri257
    Quote from friedchicken
    Fortunately in my case Michigan accepts it (Excelsior) and the other states I've looked into will license by endorsement. I am interested in a CA job. I was thinking of, of course, maintaining my MI license and getting a my RN by endorsement while working as an LPN in whatever state I happen to choose.I know that someone I worked with, for example, lived in Ohio but kept her Michigan license.
    Just FYI, if you're interested in a California job, I don't think you can endorse into California if you are a new Excelsior grad. This issue came up in the California debate, where Excelsior specifically asked if their grads could endorse in from other states. California said no, they couldn't do that. At least, that's what I read in the board minutes.

    :uhoh21:
    Last edit by Sheri257 on May 23, '04
  11. by   tjb73
    Quote from friedchicken
    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 to be told to reapply next year.

    Turns out Rue is just a seller of books and study guides. The program is through Excelsior, which may have their own study guides and whatnot.

    I passed the first few exams easily on prior knowledge alone.

    What I am worried about is the CPNE. My boss passed it a few years ago.
    She said she was the only one who passed, she was the only one with 'the book'.
    Her advice was to be confident, know your assessment and documentation on each body system and verbalize everything.
    That clinical is so darn expensive I can't afford to fail it.
    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.
    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.
  12. by   marymary
    Quote from friedchicken
    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 to be told to reapply next year.

    Turns out Rue is just a seller of books and study guides. The program is through Excelsior, which may have their own study guides and whatnot.

    I passed the first few exams easily on prior knowledge alone.

    What I am worried about is the CPNE. My boss passed it a few years ago.
    She said she was the only one who passed, she was the only one with 'the book'.
    Her advice was to be confident, know your assessment and documentation on each body system and verbalize everything.
    That clinical is so darn expensive I can't afford to fail it.
    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.
    Hi
    I would not bother with that program because
    • it is too expensive
    • you can go thru the LPN transition course and be done with all of it
    I was originally going to go that route until I thought about all the money and time I would be wasting doing it that way. So I found a local college and went thru their program. Each community college has to keep a certain percentage of slots open for LPN's. Check it out.
    :hatparty:
  13. by   BBFRN
    It's only expensive if you go through a publishing company like Rue or Chancellor's. The actual Excelsior program can be done without these for around $6000 total.

    As far as the CPNE (clinical exam)- it can be done...lots of us here are living proof of that. It is not a hard exam if you do things their way, organize your plan of care, and actually study the material. Don't go to the CPNE thinking you're going to be doing what you already do at work now as an LPN. Do everything exactly as they tell you to in the study guide, know your nursing process, and you'll be fine. I'm very happy with the education I've received at EC. I never bought materials from a publishing company or did a workshop...I did however have a lot of supportive study buddies & RNs who were willing to lend help when I needed it. It is doable, and it's considerably less expensive than a traditional program- although it isn't a title IV school, so you can't get federal financial aid to do it. DO what's best for you- if you think you'll be able to independently study, go for it!
  14. by   Sheri257
    Quote from lgflamini
    It's only expensive if you go through a publishing company like Rue or Chancellor's. The actual Excelsior program can be done without these for around $6000 total.
    Hey Laura. If we're comparing actual tuition figures, EC is expensive compared to my CC, which is only about $1,500 for the entire two years. Last time I checked, EC tuition ran about $4,500 total so, that's about three times as much. Of course, I don't know how it compares to other CC's, but it does seem to cost more, at least in some cases.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Jun 2, '04

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