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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!