Quote from KellyMarie37
You only get three chances at the CPNE, and then you are expelled form the program>>
This seems like an awful waste of money as there is nothing to transfer to a traditional college.
Do the CPNE boot camps help much or just as much of a failure rate with them?
Don't let those comments discourage you if you are thinking of going the Excelsior route. All 5 students at my CPNE passed, one was taking his the second time around. However, I tested at one of the sites that is more known to be fair, some of them are notorious for failing students for petty reasons.
Just understand that this program is designed for people with SOLID and current clinical background. LPN/LVN's who work in acute care settings, paramedics, etc. Some of the high failure rate is attributed to people trying to pass it that have limited clinical backgrounds like Surgical Techs, Respiratory therapists, etc. (I don't mean limited in a demeaning way, just that Surgical techs do not work on regular hospital floors and have more O.R. type skills which are not tested on that exam.)
BUT...even people in these categories can and have passed the CPNE. They just have more challenges finding ways to acquire skills that they don't use in their daily practice that they need for this exam.
Everyone I've talked to has told me that the boot camps and workshops helped them to pass and it was worth it. I only took the one offered by Excelsior so I can only speak for that one and I truely believed that it helped me pass the first time around.
Expensive, yes. But I don't regret going to Excelsior one bit. Going through a year of redundant clinical rotations with tuition and books and basically only being able to work weekends like in a traditional LPN-RN program gets pretty expensive as well. And there is no guarantee that after all that work that you will graduate from one of their programs either. Just something to think about.