Hi doug, No u don't have to be a rocket scientists, to pass excelsior, but you do have to be a motivated, dedicated and able to study and learn on your own. If you pass your LPN boards, and did pretty well throughout nursing school
, you should have a great foundation in which to build from, in order to pass the nursing program with EC. I highly suggest, you work in the field, while taking, courses. So you can get some hands on experience. If you go to excelsior.edu , you can find out exactly how many nursing courses and what books you will need. You'll have to let a EC advisor look over your records, to find out, about any pre recs, you may need. There is no comprehensive final, other then the ones you take after you study the material. Each test is the equivalent of a comprehensive final, over what you've study for that course. As far as the CPNE, that is a comprehensive clinical skill evaluation.
Doug, I see you mentioned not wanting to give up your spot in a traditional RN program. Well I know I don't speak for all, when I say this, but I'm sure alot would agree, with me. Most people go to EC, because we for what ever reason can't attend a traditional program, at this time, but still want to peruse our RN degree. If you have the time and the money to attend your traditional RN program, in my opinion you should surly do that. The reason I say this is because, EC is having alot of problems with some board of nursing not granting licensure, to EC grads.