Confused New Excelsior Student Needs Advice

  1. Hi everyone I am new to this forum and a new Excelsior student. I am going for my RN and am starting with my General Ed. classes right now. I was going to go through the College Network but thought it would be cheaper to bypass them and go straight to the source. I have purchased some College Network guides on EBAY for Psych and Sociology because that is what TCN recommended in the test outline they gave me. Well I call Excelsior and they said their Sociology is Foundations of Gerentology. So do I use the TCN sociology study guide or do I need something else? Then they tell me that I have to take Life span Developmental Psychology, not Psychology and I just got that one off Ebay. Does anyone know why TCN told me one thing and Excelsior another. I thought it was all the same except TCN is a publisher that sells the study guides. I heard good things about the study guides and would like to use them. Also are chancellors guides compatable with this Excelsior program? Any info/advice would be much appreciated. Sorry for the 100 questions, Thanks.
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  3. by   LucasRN
    Hi confused!!
    I think your best bet would be to speak to an excelsior advisor. depending on how many credits you already have they will develop a list of courses you will need to complete. if you do not have any credits than you need 31 general education credits plus the 7 nursing course credits. I took Intro to sociology and intro to psycholgy cleps and those credits were accepted . instead of lifespan i took the clep for human growth and development (also 6 credits) which is an acceptable alternative. good luck with your studies !!!
    chris
  4. by   EricJRN
    Agree with the previous poster. Best to check with the college. I had taken the CLEP exam for Human Growth and Development several years ago, but mine wasn't accepted for Lifespan credit because at that time it didn't cover the entire lifespan in enough detail. Some of these things you will only figure out by speaking to a college advisor.
  5. by   JEN-JEN
    I did talk to an advisor and all she did was send me an email with the amount of credits I need for Humanities, Humanities core, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, ect. No specific class names. I will have to call again and ask. Does anyone know if the Sociology book from TCN goes with the Foundations of Gerontology test? Thanks:icon_cheesygrin:
  6. by   EricJRN
    I wouldn't think so. There are pretty limited connections between sociology and gerontology.
  7. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from JEN-JEN
    I did talk to an advisor and all she did was send me an email with the amount of credits I need for Humanities, Humanities core, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, ect. No specific class names. I will have to call again and ask. Does anyone know if the Sociology book from TCN goes with the Foundations of Gerontology test? Thanks:icon_cheesygrin:
    I graduated from Regents (now Excelsior) in 2000. The best and most help I ever received was from this site:
    rnstudygroup : RN Study Group
    They have online study groups and every bit of information you need. I used only a few study guides and they were from Chancellors. Have you seen the CD's now available on ebay? They look awesome. I used the Excelsior free online guides, bought the suggested text from Half.com for a fraction of the price. You can buy the text in last years edition and all the info is the same. Don't buy the newest version. I looked up everything that Excelsior said we had to know and I wrote it all in a spiral book and then kept studying that until I felt I was ready. I also taped my spiral book so I could listen to it in the car and in bed. I passed each test with an A or B. It's very doable. Most tests took me a couple of months to study for. Micro and A&P took me six months each to study for. CPNE was not bad as long as you can keep your nerves under control. Good Luck!
  8. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from JEN-JEN
    I did talk to an advisor and all she did was send me an email with the amount of credits I need for Humanities, Humanities core, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, ect. No specific class names. I will have to call again and ask. Does anyone know if the Sociology book from TCN goes with the Foundations of Gerontology test? Thanks:icon_cheesygrin:
    I'm sure that it does not. It may be that you can take either Sociology or Gerontology as one of your nursing courses. I don't remember it's been a while. Make sure to hit the link to the RN study group. You find all the answers there and more.

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