need advice to become a RN. what is "excelsior"?

  1. I need advice on what to do. I would like to start to get my LPN license, but I don't know what I would have to do to get my RN. Do I have to go college or is there programs that do it. I live in Rochester, NY. Someone told me about "excelsior"? I am not familar with this online thing. Anyone have any ideas for me?
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  3. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Quote from gargimil
    I need advice on what to do. I would like to start to get my LPN license, but I don't know what I would have to do to get my RN. Do I have to go college or is there programs that do it. I live in Rochester, NY. Someone told me about "excelsior"? I am not familar with this online thing. Anyone have any ideas for me?
    Excelsior is a college in New York. They offer a program that allows LPNs and certain other medical personnel to obtain their RN at home. Basically you study for one subject at a time on your own and "challenge" the test at the end. You'll have to take a test for each subject. You generally start with prerequisites and then you have Micro, A&P, and seven nursing tests. Afterwards you prepare for the clinical exam or CPNE. The CPNE is a test. You will not be helped to complete tasks at the CPNE. Once you pass the CPNE and all the tests you get your diploma and take the NCLEX-RN.

    Excelsior isn't an online program. If you are looking for an online program there is one called Deaconess although I am not familiar with it. There are people on this board that are Deaconess students though. Deaconess will allow a CNA to work towards their RN (I believe); Excelsior will not.

    Excelsior also has an ADN to BSN program.

    Most states do recognize Excelsior nurses. I believe that Illinois does not and possibly California.

    Word of advice from someone who has been there and done that : stay away from contracts with 3rd party publishers i.e. Rue, Moore, DLSI, Chancellors.

    If you have any other questions I'd be happy to try to answer them for you.
  4. by   ProfRN4
    Ditto what frogleg said. Go to regular nursing school- don't get cheated out of your education. You can't get out of these things once you sign up. You can always drop out of real school, and you only lose the semesters tuition. These people will hunt you down till they get all their $$$.
  5. by   Brownms46
    Quote from gargimil
    I need advice on what to do. I would like to start to get my LPN license, but I don't know what I would have to do to get my RN. Do I have to go college or is there programs that do it. I live in Rochester, NY. Someone told me about "excelsior"? I am not familar with this online thing. Anyone have any ideas for me?
    Excelsior is an excellent way to get your RN, once you have completed your LPN, and have some work experience behind you.

    Excelsior and publishers such as RUE, Chancellors and the rest are NOT a part of Excelsior. Excelsior is a part of SUNY (State University of NY), and there are MANY excellent graduates from the Excelsior program on this board, and across the country! I think anyone who completes Excelsior are very driven, well educated, and extremely committed nurses. It take a certain kind of individual to not need hand holding, and to forge ahead on their own, and keep themselves motivated without an instructor or classmates.

    However...if you are not, self-motivated, self-directed...and committed to obtaining your goal, without being hemmed in by someone else's schedule, then by all means seek out a classroom.
  6. by   Ruqayyah
    Quote from gargimil
    I need advice on what to do. I would like to start to get my LPN license, but I don't know what I would have to do to get my RN. Do I have to go college or is there programs that do it. I live in Rochester, NY. Someone told me about "excelsior"? I am not familar with this online thing. Anyone have any ideas for me?
    hi gargimil
    my name is Ardeana (Ruqayyah@verizon.net) and i am LPN student going this route. Excelsior College is based in Albany, and this is an independent study program. Only requirement is to be an LPN. if you have your other courses done like Eng Comp, Soc, Psych, AP etc. ...then you only have to complete the 7 nursing courses and take a weekend 2 day clinical exam. There are some programs which help you with this degree. I am studying thru RUEed.com to do the course work. They send you text book and study guide to work with. When you are ready, you apply to take Nursing1 Concepts, and move thru all 7 this way. This is wonderful for me because i work also and have a family. the other programs similar are istudy.com and the collegenetwork.com I hope this info helps and good luck. plz feel free to keep in touch. regards, Ruqayyah
  7. by   NYLady
    Quote from gargimil
    I need advice on what to do. I would like to start to get my LPN license, but I don't know what I would have to do to get my RN. Do I have to go college or is there programs that do it. I live in Rochester, NY. Someone told me about "excelsior"? I am not familar with this online thing. Anyone have any ideas for me?
    Gargimil,
    Everything said on this thread is correct. I received a BSN from Excelsior but that was after going to an excellent RN program, graduating with honors, passing state boards, and working as an RN for over 3 years. It is a great program for the right person but I don't recommend it for you. Go to a regular RN school so you have the benefit of the instructors and the on-going clinical instruction. There is no substitute for that...best of luck to you. Deborah
  8. by   jerrynuevo
    Wow....Lots of good info in this thread. You guys are awesome.

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