What is excelsior?

  1. Just wondering!
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  3. by   suzanne4
    It is a provate school that provides a bridge program to LPNs, as well as Paramedics and respirtory Therapists to be able to sit for the NCLEX exam. However, it is not recognized in all states. It is also referred to as "EC"----
    when looking for any programs, do your homework first and find out if the program that you are looking at is approved by your BON.
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from selulion
    just wondering!
    try this link, selulion,

    [font='times new roman']https://www.excelsior.edu/portal/pag..._schema=portal
  5. by   TheCommuter
    We should also mention that Excelsior is a distance program -- meaning it is not on site at a school. It is done mostly online and at clinical sites.
  6. by   DeLynn
    Excelsior is a distance school, but it is not done online (they do offer some online classes which are expensive and they are all general ed classes) you actually study on your own using their free content guides and recommended textbooks, or you can use study guides from Chancellor's or College Network (you can find them used on Ebay, just make sure they are up to date) then when your ready, you sign up to take the test at a local testing center. At the end of the program you take a 2 1/2 day clinical evaluation.
  7. by   iLOVEbees
    Quote from DeLynn
    Excelsior is a distance school, but it is not done online (they do offer some online classes which are expensive and they are all general ed classes) you actually study on your own using their free content guides and recommended textbooks, or you can use study guides from Chancellor's or College Network (you can find them used on Ebay, just make sure they are up to date) then when your ready, you sign up to take the test at a local testing center. At the end of the program you take a 2 1/2 day clinical evaluation.
    This is 100% correct. I graduated a few months ago from Excelsior with my ADn.

    Caveat: With no structure (such as in a traditional transition program) you can do nothing for years on end, making no progress. I did this. Don't do this.

    On the other hand, I have a friend who did her all in under 2 years, working FT.

    Check with your BON - CA and CO both have issue with EC, IIRC. TX, my state, does not. Call Exclesior and ask. Then call your BON and ask.

    It is improtant to recognize that EC does not teach - they test you on what you already know and what you've learned through independent study. As an LVN for 10 years in TX, where we did 99% of what RNs do, it wasn't that. Consider your own practice and experience.
  8. by   relocatingsoon
    Can you tell me anything about clinicals. I am enrolled in Excelsior & just about ready to schedule my clinicals? Thanks
  9. by   iLOVEbees
    Quote from relocatingsoon
    Can you tell me anything about clinicals. I am enrolled in Excelsior & just about ready to schedule my clinicals? Thanks
    They are stressful, no doubt.

    You need to grid it out. If you don't know what that is, stop what you're doing immediately and read some here:

    http://www.aimoo.com/forum/freeboard...2&NoCaches=Yes

    You can do it. I believe the current pass rate is 61% for first time attempts. he more you prepare yourself, the more likely you are to be in the 61% group and not the 39%.

    When I did mine, 4 out of 6 passed.
  10. by   prrprrmew
    Are there any Mississippi students out there enrolled in Excelsior. I am an LPN seriously considering it since I live in North Mississippi and the only RN/ADN program is 40 minutes away and is only offered during the day. It also has a long waiting list.
  11. by   suzanne4
    Quote from pmchann
    Are there any Mississippi students out there enrolled in Excelsior. I am an LPN seriously considering it since I live in North Mississippi and the only RN/ADN program is 40 minutes away and is only offered during the day. It also has a long waiting list.
    Check out the Distance Learning Forum, you will find quite a few that are in that program.
  12. by   magnoliasouth
    Quote from iLOVEbees
    They are stressful, no doubt.

    You need to grid it out. If you don't know what that is, stop what you're doing immediately and read some here:

    Aimoo Messageboards - Free Message Boards for webmasters
    Can you repost that link again or check it? It doesn't seem to be working for me.
  13. by   JADY905
    Hi, anybody in NJ, I'm a Lpn trying to do the bridge program, but the waiting list are too long, I've been considerig the EC, but not too sure, please any comments....
  14. by   SuesquatchRN
    Quote from JADY905
    Hi, anybody in NJ, I'm a Lpn trying to do the bridge program, but the waiting list are too long, I've been considerig the EC, but not too sure, please any comments....
    I'm in it.

    Given that it is a NYS college and I live and practice here I have no issues with the BON.

    It will work for you IF several things are true:

    1) You can study on your own, and will.

    2) You read well and do not need lectures to understand the material presented in the textbooks.

    3) You test well.

    If any of the above conditions are false I would think hard about doing it this way.

    Good luck!

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