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.