I hope you guys are doing great in your progression! My husband was an LPN for 7 years until he graduated from EC with an ADN in Jan 03. I had attended a nursing school, and qualified for EC by having completed over 1/2 of program. I received my ADN in Jan 04. We are both at a local 4yr working on our BSN will either finish this summer (if we decided to push ourselves), or in the fall if we decide to take a small break!
The advice I would give you is to CLEP whatever you can - I clepped Sociology and Humanities using the Chancellor's study guide and the REA study guides. The only drawback to the clep is not all schools (brick and mortar that is) accept all of them. For example, SELU in Hammond will accept intro to sociology but not the 6 hour humanites. Nor will they take Excelsior courses - they will accept your degree, and give you credit that way, but not the excelsior individual courses such as a&p, micro etc. I don't know about any other area schools.
I do hear that SELU is offering a totally online RN-BSN program this fall.
Also back to EC - take the seminars from excelsior to help you with your skills and with the cpne!!! My husband and I both passed the CPNE the first time in Plano, TX. I had 5 people in my group, and I know 3 people didn't pass. He had 5 in his group and only 2 of them passed. I know one of the biggest thing is that LPN's frequently feel that they don't need the practice with the skills etc. HOWEVER..... If you don't do it the "Excelsior Way" you don't pass. Just something to keep in mind.