Excelsior a good fit for a former ASN?

  1. I am a former ASN student who dropped out in my last semester due to illness. That was in January of 2001. I recently reapplied to my old school but I may have to wait a year or two before I can get in. I am considering Excelsior but I am worried because of the small amount of clinical time. My old school had rigorous clinicals--- I've done IV pushes, in and out cathes, sterile dressing changes, started IV's, trach care, NG tubes etc. I am wondering If Excelsior would be good for me or is it directed more towards LPN's and corpsmen? Any Excelsior grads with a situation similar to mine? Any advice woild be greatly appreciated.
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  3. by   New Castle Ken
    Quote from eparchment
    I am a former ASN student who dropped out in my last semester due to illness. That was in January of 2001. I recently reapplied to my old school but I may have to wait a year or two before I can get in. I am considering Excelsior but I am worried because of the small amount of clinical time. My old school had rigorous clinicals--- I've done IV pushes, in and out cathes, sterile dressing changes, started IV's, trach care, NG tubes etc. I am wondering If Excelsior would be good for me or is it directed more towards LPN's and corpsmen? Any Excelsior grads with a situation similar to mine? Any advice woild be greatly appreciated.
    You are a good candidate. A supervisor of mine got kicked out of the local community college due to a conflict with an instructor. He completed his AS and RN through Excelsior and turned out to be a great nurse and a great supervisor. Then pursued a BSN through Excelsior.
  4. by   jnette
    Quote from New Castle Ken
    You are a good candidate. A supervisor of mine got kicked out of the local community college due to a conflict with an instructor. He completed his AS and RN through Excelsior and turned out to be a great nurse and a great supervisor. Then pursued a BSN through Excelsior.

    Another successful EC grad here !

    I agree... it would be the way to go IMHO. With all your previous clinical experience, you will have no problem whatsoever.
  5. by   eparchment
    thank you both for the reply. I have decided to enroll at excelsior.I've heard a lot of good things about the school. heck, my old school even accepts excelsior nursing exams for credit. they seem to be a very comprehensive and respected program. thanks again.
  6. by   jnette
    Quote from eparchment
    thank you both for the reply. I have decided to enroll at excelsior.I've heard a lot of good things about the school. heck, my old school even accepts excelsior nursing exams for credit. they seem to be a very comprehensive and respected program. thanks again.
    You're most welcome !

    Wish you the very best in your endeavors. Lots of good info and support threads here on this forum for those in EC. Be sure to stick around !
  7. by   KolkataMomRN
    Quote from eparchment
    thank you both for the reply. I have decided to enroll at excelsior.I've heard a lot of good things about the school. heck, my old school even accepts excelsior nursing exams for credit. they seem to be a very comprehensive and respected program. thanks again.

    Good luck!!! I was in a tradional program and am about to tackle the CPNE.
  8. by   Sheri257
    Quote from eparchment
    I am considering Excelsior but I am worried because of the small amount of clinical time.
    Well, California was worried about that too. The state no longer allows Excelsior because of the lack of clinicals. Just FYI.

    Last edit by Sheri257 on Apr 22, '04
  9. by   Ruylupez
    For most areas Excelsior seems to be a good alternative but check with your state's board of nursing before signing up. Here in Illinois they will not accept an education from Excelsior because of the lack of clinical time.
  10. by   CindyJRN
    Agree with everyone's information thus far, and would like to add check with your State Board for the specific requirements. Louisiana only recognizes LPN Excelsior graduates. (In the past Excelsior admitted RTs, EMTs, CNAs, etc.)
    Best wishes to you!
  11. by   szccdw
    I know they say 50%, but what is considered 50% of an ADN program? Is it after the 2nd or 3rd semester? HELP!
  12. by   MickyB-RN
    heck, my old school even accepts excelsior nursing exams for credit.>>

    Do many schools accept their exams for credit?


    Kelly
  13. by   nicmoe
    Quote from CindyJRN
    Agree with everyone's information thus far, and would like to add check with your State Board for the specific requirements. Louisiana only recognizes LPN Excelsior graduates. (In the past Excelsior admitted RTs, EMTs, CNAs, etc.)
    Best wishes to you!
    Hi I am from Wisconsin I'm trying to decide to go to excelsior or an LPN-RN transition program. Planning to relocate to louisiana I have my louisiana license but worried about the wages. I will have to work and care for 2 small children. I have four years of experience working as an lpn in LTC, med/surg and psych. Does the Louisiana State board accept excelsior ADN graduates? And do you recommend any particular nursing homes for employment? In Wisconsin is the pay is better than clinic and hospitals wandering if its vice versa in louisiana? I plan to live in Slidell but willing to work in New orleans or Slidell depending on pay?

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