College Network LPN to RN

  1. HI everyone! I am just starting with Excelsior through the Collge Network. Can anyone tell me how hard the Clep exams are for my general studies phase? I am doing ALL of the basics before starting my nursing I think. I just hope that I can do this! It's been almost 20 years since I did any schooling. Any advice for me?
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   J Lynn
    I would like to know myself. I have no college experience other that LPN school.
  4. by   barbiedee
    Exams are exams! I have taken three CLEP exams so far (Microbi, Gerontology, Developmental Psych). If you follow the course outline provided by Excelsior (you can print them off the 'net, or Exelsior will mail them to you), you should do well. The course outlines are a great tool. You can also purchase study guides from various companies, or, more cheaply, from ebay, etc. All exams I have taken so far are in the multiple choice format (multiple GUESS sometimes!), so many times if you don't know the right answer, at least you can rule out the incorrect ones. (process of elimination...bonus!) You can also look on sites such as this and the other nursing sites for tips and help. Good luck!
  5. by   Robinlyn
    [QUOTE=barbiedee]Exams are exams! I have taken three CLEP exams so far (Microbi, Gerontology, Developmental Psych).

    I have actually just finished my developmental psych book. I am using The College Network, and they tell me that if I try to take the exam and fail it twice they will provide a tutor and pay for the exam after two attempts, so I am not as worried as I was. I took the practice test and scored in the high 80's, so I will work on it a bit more before I attempt the exam.
    Thanks for your feedback!
  6. by   Drysolong
    [QUOTE=barbiedee]Exams are exams! I have taken three CLEP exams so far (Microbi, Gerontology, Developmental Psych). If you follow the course outline provided by Excelsior (you can print them off the 'net, or Exelsior will mail them to you), you should do well.

    Hi: If you could put it in a nutshell, would you say that Excelsior is basically taking and passing their exams. While you study for the exams with whatever materials you can get from various sources?

    My long range plan is to get ADN from Excelsior after finishing LPN next year, and going on to BSN, MSN, etc. with Excelsior. I also heard on this site that my state, Georgia, does not accept Excelsior and that I'll have to get a NY license first. Can anyone shed more light on this?
  7. by   barbiedee
    I guess any school is about taking and passing their exams. With Excelsior the onus is on YOU to take the initiative and do the course work. At a "regular" school you have an instructor or professor to impart the material to you. With Excelsior, its up to you to cover the material as 'in depth' as you think it should be, and to use all avenues of resources as necessary. (Internet, textbooks, etc.) I think Excelsior makes it pretty clear in their course outlines what material should be covered. Personally, I went with a study guide company to purchase complete study guides for each subject, and they too, came with a guarantee of a pass within 3 tries. (So far, its only taken one try for each exam, thank goodness) The study guides came with the main textbook recommended by Excelsior. The text books recommended can be purchased through Excelsior, or from ebay, Amazon, half.com, etc. There are lots of options out there for purchasing study materials, all it takes is some investigating on the internet. The best thing about Excelsior for me is there are no deadlines or pressure to fininsh a course. It takes as long as it takes...days, weeks or months. There are pro's and con's to both 'regular' schools and schools like Excelsior. It all depends on what your learning needs are. I chose Excelsior because there was no waiting or wait lists, I didn't have to quit work, and again, I could do courses as quickly (or slowly) as I wanted to. Its been the right choice for me. If in doubt, why not take a non-nursing course from Excelsior first, such as Developmental Psych or Gerontology? It will give you a better idea of what to expect, and you will get a start on credits if you choose to go the traditional school route. (You don't need to pay the Excelsior enrollment fee until after you start taking the nursing coureses.) Good luck, and let us know how you are doing!
  8. by   J Lynn
    Barbiedee, if I have no college credits right now, can I get everything I need through Excelsior? And I assume College Network is just a study guide company.

    Can I do everything through Excelsior if I wanted to? Get study guides from them also?
  9. by   barbiedee
    Hi J Lynn, yes you can get all of your 'electives' and nursing courses through Excelsior. You can print the course outline off of the Excelsior website for each course you would need. The course outlines recommend textbooks, and tell you what subjects will be covered in each exam, anad they have a short exam at the end of the outline for practice. This practice exam is especially helpful, I find, as they give rationales for the right and wrong answers. There are also other sites similar to this one (allexcelsiornurses on yahoo is one) where you can get great tips, find course notes, and best of all, find other practice exams. Excelsior even offers their own practice exams for each of the nursing courses. (I think they are about $65 for each nursing concept course). Hope these bits of info help!
  10. by   Spazzy Nurse
    J Lynn, pay close attention.....this Barbiedee chick knows her stuff. :wink2:

    Quote from barbiedee
    Hi J Lynn, yes you can get all of your 'electives' and nursing courses through Excelsior. You can print the course outline off of the Excelsior website for each course you would need. The course outlines recommend textbooks, and tell you what subjects will be covered in each exam, anad they have a short exam at the end of the outline for practice. This practice exam is especially helpful, I find, as they give rationales for the right and wrong answers. There are also other sites similar to this one (allexcelsiornurses on yahoo is one) where you can get great tips, find course notes, and best of all, find other practice exams. Excelsior even offers their own practice exams for each of the nursing courses. (I think they are about $65 for each nursing concept course). Hope these bits of info help!
  11. by   J Lynn
    Ok, here's what I need cleared up for me.........I could go straight to Excelsior, and still take all my basics, get study guides from them (for free) and take my NC courses with them....and only them. Or, I could go through a company like College Network, Chancellors, etc. and pay them for study guides along with their support and all they have to offer to get me to pass the test with Excelsior.

    I'm also confused about which publishing company is best. I'm not necessarily going for the cheapest, just the best. Or would it be best to go straight to Excelsior? Is there perks to doing that?
  12. by   barbiedee
    If you go to Excelsior, you don't get "Study Guides", those come from a 'for profit' company that prepares material you can use to study for a course. Excelsior provides you with a course outline (you can print these off of their website, or they will send them to you). The course outline tells you what that specific course covers. Excelsior recommends text books or other reference material. It is up to you to choose the texts or reference material you want to use. A study guide company puts together a package of material, usually their own study notes, perhaps a textbook (you have to ask if they come with the study guide...I went with DLSII and they provide new/used textbooks that are recommended by Excelsior). I imagine every study guide company is a little different. However, when you purchase a study guide, you should check what you are paying for. At DLSI, I pay for only the study guides. I still have to pay Excelsior to write the exam. You can usually find pretty new study guides on places like ebay or on other student nursing websites for a lot less than new. You can also buy textbooks, new or used, from ebay or book selling sites. There are lots of options out there. I went with a study guide company as I live in Canada, and thought this way would be easier. More expensive for sure, but easier. And most study guide companies guarantee a pass. (But remember, you still have to pay Excelsior each time you take or re-take a test) If you want any more info, don't hesitate to email me, but most of what I can tell you is already on this website! Remember....buyer beware! Research first, pay second!





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  13. by   Spazzy Nurse
    The publishing companies sell their study systems for $300 and up, for each and every study system. 300 x 7 NC courses is an extra $2100 that you wouldn't have to spend. As Barbiedee said, you still have to pay EC to take their exams, whether you use a publishing company or go through EC.

    Here's what I did, after foolishly signing a contract with RUE and realizing that I didn't like their stupid study systems or their way of doing business........

    1) got the free content guide off EC's website
    2) bought a couple of the recommended texts used on half.com
    3) took that content guide (which is a general outline of the exam) and expanded it into a broad, detailed outline.

    That's how I studied. Worked real well for me.
  14. by   J Lynn
    Thank you barbie and spazzy! I didn't realize that the publishing companies costs that much. I may do what spazzy said.......enroll with EC, print the outline, find the recommended books at a used price, and search for other helpful material from the Yahoo groups or on Ebay for a cheap price. I know it might be a lot of work to put it all together, but I'm really not willing to sign a contract and pay over $2000 for study material that "might" get me to pass.

    Thanks you so much for clearing this up for me.

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