hey its me agian with more questions about excelsior.
once you become an official student is that it? are you on your own for the rest of the program or do you have to keep calling them every time you have a question? and all the study guides are mailed to you right? do you actually need the computer for anything? b/c everytime i go to the excelsior website and try to log in it always give me that "page not found" error. i already contacted excelsior about it but they were'nt much help and its not my computer, itried it from 3 different ones. is this happening to anyone else or just me? ok sorry i played 20 questions today
thnx 2 all!
Apr 4, '05
Hi, I am currently in Excellsior. I have my last test (abnormal psychology) this month and am scheduled to take the CPNE in Racine the beginning of June. It has been quite easy actually. They have changed their website so there are pages you can't view until you are enrolled. Before you enroll, call or email the admission office. They are more than willing to help you decide. They sent me a very honest cost quote and breakdown of courses I needed. You have a year to take each test after you have paid/registered for it. My testing center is 20 minutes away. It would have been a lot harder if I'd had to drive hours each time I tested. If you have no pre-requisites, you'll have about 14 tests to take averaging around $175 each. The 7 nursing concepts tests cost $250. It costs around $750 to enroll and $400 a year. I have been enrolled 3 years. It took me 5 months to get up the courage to take the English exam. The content guide just wasn't clear and I didn't know what to expect. I passed the first time, but how do you study for a writing exam when you don't know what you'll be writing about? It would have been easier to just take the dang test and find out what it was all about and do it over if I had to. I also spent 7 months FAITHFULLY studying for Anatomy and Physiology. After those two, I got up my confidence and things went much quicker. You request a study guide, or download it and print it out from your computer and it tells you what to study and which books to use. You can order them from the school, but I've found it much cheaper to get the same books from Ebay at less than half the price. The anatomy and physiology workbook was so helpful. I call the school with questions like whether or not the coarse I plan on taking will count towards a required area, but other than that, I haven't needed to really speak with anyone. I have never used their on-line workshops or their chat rooms. I am currently getting a little worried about the CPNE and have been searching for info on that, but I never had to find extra help. I just read what they said and always passed the tests. I did not feel that they were that hard. If you are in a hurry, one thing to keep in mind is that they do offer some test where the whole thing, or portions of it require the student to do some writing. What you've written is then sent to Excellsior by the testing center and it can take up to 45 days to receive a grade. This is the way the English test is. That was my 1st test and also the longest 45 days of my life (waiting to get my grade), so I always check with excellsior first and make sure the test I'm about to study for is completely a computer-based test. When I take the test at the testing center, after I'm done, my grade is posted right then and there before I even log out of the test. I've never know any distance learning graduate from any other school than Excellsior and I can say that a good percentage of RNs I work with at any given job are Excellsior graduates. Hope this helps.
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Last edit by trennas on Apr 4, '05