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.