Excelsior - page 2

ok... i'm worried about the online lpn-rn programs. could someone please tell me if this school is reputable and if it is really recognized. just seems like a lot of money to waste if i can't use... Read More

  1. by   chip193
    Quote from cjandmama
    OK, Questions...

    I am on the verge of CN or EC. I had a CN "salesman" come out and show me all of the terms and small print. I didn't sign with them simply because I've not done all of my homework. He says,
    CN Fee $5,705 to pay CN fee, book fees, bunches of other test preps etc.
    Then your testing site fees (the classes I need) would be $2245
    Enroll in EC at NC3 and pay them $3,465 for their application, enrollment, literacy course, clinical fee, and graduation fee. Total $11,495.

    Now, I went to EC and found that my total would be almost $7,000 for all of their fees and my testing fees. That does not include books or any other study material. THEN, I also read they charge $275 per credit hour. That would be $5,500 more just for 20 credit horuse (which I need many more then that) AND that is not counting book fees. That would be approx $12,500 plus who knows how much in book fees???

    ????????? :smackingf:

    Any advice on this? People say CN is so much more, but I am not seeing it. HELP.......... I want to get started....lol :lol_hitti:

    THANK YOU ALL FOR READING AND OFFERING ADVICE!!! muah
    Warm blessings,
    mama
    The cost per credit hour ($275) is for classes that you take online with them. You have the option of using local Community Colleges, CLEP, or EC exams. You don't pay an exam fee plus the credit hour fee!

    All in all, it cost me about $6K - including the EC CPNE prep class. And that was 3 years ago.

    Chip
  2. by   cjandmama
    Quote from chip193
    the cost per credit hour ($275) is for classes that you take online with them. you have the option of using local community colleges, clep, or ec exams. you don't pay an exam fee plus the credit hour fee!

    all in all, it cost me about $6k - including the ec cpne prep class. and that was 3 years ago.

    chip
    chip

    thanks so much! that helps a lot!
    $6k with or without books?
    did you go to ec or use cn?

    blessings,
    mama
  3. by   chip193
    Quote from cjandmama
    chip

    thanks so much! that helps a lot!
    $6k with or without books?
    did you go to ec or use cn?

    blessings,
    mama
    i did just ec - and never bought a book, save mosby's nclex review book with cd (silverstri is the author). when i took nc2-6, i simply did all the questions on the cd about the topic - there are only so many ways to ask questions about respiratory issues!
  4. by   LuvWounds
    as stated in previous post CN is not a school, but a publishing company that offers you aid in passing EC exams. I have seen on E-Bay people selling CN guides. As far as EC fees go I found a post on here where someone really braeaks down the fee's well, can't remember which forum. You can go to search forum and type in exclesior fees and you can navigate the post from there. Hope this is of some help to you.
  5. by   kamon8404
    You could always just email the admissions department of excelsior and I think they could help you out with that. They could answer all of my questions in regards to accrediation in pa and so on.
  6. by   RN34TX
    Quote from chip193
    I did just EC - and never bought a book, save Mosby's NCLEX review book with CD (Silverstri is the author). When I took NC2-6, I simply did all the questions on the CD about the topic - there are only so many ways to ask questions about respiratory issues!
    I used the exact same book and it was better than any of the recommended textbooks by far.
  7. by   kamon8404
    Quote from RN34TX
    I used the exact same book and it was better than any of the recommended textbooks by far.
    Any way to get the ISBN number? or edition?
  8. by   chip193
    Quote from kamon8404
    Any way to get the ISBN number? or edition?
    This is the latest edition of book:

    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/boo...16031994&itm=1

    When I used it, it was cheaper, as it wasn't in color!

    Chip
  9. by   kamon8404
    Thats chip! I was just looking for that one today too, and they didn't have it. They only had the PN version :-(.
  10. by   cjandmama
    DANG! I thought it was the Mosby's so I bought the new Mosby's.
    ISBN is 0-323-03901-4
    I used the Saunder's for my LPN and I loved it!
    I will probably buy it too. Anyone got a loan??
  11. by   RN34TX
    Quote from kamon8404
    Any way to get the ISBN number? or edition?
    Any Borders or Barnes and Noble will carry that book in the medical/nursing section. It also could be bought on Amazon or ecampus.com (my personal favorite).

    It's one of the most standard common NCLEX review books on the market and widely distributed. You should have no problem in obtaining it.

    Get whatever their latest edition is to be the most current.
  12. by   kamon8404
    I just picked up a copy today. Its a nice book, I'll definately be using it for review and practice tests.
  13. by   merrymmary
    I'd like to know how many excelsior students take all the courses and the cpne (clinical test) don't pass it the 1st, 2nd or 3rd time at $1700 per test and never go on to get their RN or have to go to a REAL college. Or maybe they do pass and then find out (because exlcesior will never tell you ) that their state doesn't accept excelsior college student. 7 states now do not accept ec students.
    Yes the college is convenient, cheap, easy to pass tests and study on your own, in your own time. But the cpne test is subjective, unfair, unrealistic, expensive, very stressful and no judge of whether you'll make a good nurse. It's pass or fail and should be graded. To flunk this test because you get an apical pulse wrong, bp or do a hand grasp on a neuro assessment rather than a plantar flexion at $1700 is insane. It's around 20% that pass the test the first time, that's crazy and don't believe it when they tell you it's 60%. 1 out of 5 passed it the weekend I went and the 1 is from Lousianna and doesn't know her state doesn't take ec students. No one wanted to tell her. 2 out of 7 another weekend, 1 out 6, 2 out of 11 and on and on. That's really sad.
    How many people go thru the whole program and never get their RN and how much is EC making on this scam.. Very sad.

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