Higher Education after EC

  1. Couple of questions. Thanks!

    Has anyone went on to get their BSN and/or MSN, after getting ASN at Excelsior, through a different university or college. If so how does this pertain to California? Will they allow you to obtain your RN if you obtained your ASN at EC then recieved you BSN elsewhere?

    I am more interested in getting my ASN at excelsior then obtaining my BSN at a local University and then eventually in the long run going on to obtain my CRNA or NP. Has anyone else done this?

    Thanks!
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   sunciray
    You may want to choose another school besides Excelsior. Some boards of nursing are no longer recognizing their degrees after a certain time. I would suggest looking for online schools that are accredited by the NLN (National League of Nursing) or for traditional schools that are accredited by the NLN.

    Additionally, you may want to consider enrolling in an accelerated program that is offered by many schools in many states. It will enable you to get your BSN much faster than pursuing it the "old" way. Many schools offer RN to MSN programs...you just need to do your homework. You may contact me if you like via a personal message if I can be of more assistance.

    Good luck.
  4. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from sunciray
    You may want to choose another school besides Excelsior. Some boards of nursing are no longer recognizing their degrees after a certain time.
    There's a list of schools, www.excelsior.edu, in the nursing catalog which accept EC's ASN to continue on with their BSN program. All the big universities are on the list including Vanderbilt, Stanford etc. I doubt you would have any problems.
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    EC is accredited by the NLN.

    Quote from sunciray
    You may want to choose another school besides Excelsior. Some boards of nursing are no longer recognizing their degrees after a certain time. I would suggest looking for online schools that are accredited by the NLN (National League of Nursing) or for traditional schools that are accredited by the NLN.

    Additionally, you may want to consider enrolling in an accelerated program that is offered by many schools in many states. It will enable you to get your BSN much faster than pursuing it the "old" way. Many schools offer RN to MSN programs...you just need to do your homework. You may contact me if you like via a personal message if I can be of more assistance.

    Good luck.
  6. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from sunciray
    you may want to choose another school besides excelsior. some boards of nursing are no longer recognizing their degrees after a certain time. i would suggest looking for online schools that are accredited by the nln (national league of nursing) or for traditional schools that are accredited by the nln.
    for the life of me i don't understand why ec is so misunderstood. evidently the nln doesn't have a problem understanding:

    nursing program receives nln honor
    excelsior college designated center of excellence in nursing education

    albany, ny – the excelsior college school of nursing was designated a 2005-2008 national league for nursing (nln) center of excellence in nursing education in the category of creating environments that enhance student learning and professional development during the nln education summit 2005, held in baltimore, md from sept. 29 – oct. 1. this prestigious recognition was first awarded by the nln in 2004 with only three schools receiving the award. this year, four more schools, including excelsior college, received the designation. in order to apply for the designation, a school must be nlnac accredited. there are approximately 1,700 nlnac accredited nursing programs in the u.s.
    dr. bridget nettleton, dean of excelsior’s school of nursing, accepted the award on behalf of the college at the summit. the designation as a center of excellence is awarded based on excellence in all of excelsior college’s nursing programs: associate, baccalaureate and master’s degrees.
    as stated on the national league for nursing web site, “recognition by the national league for nursing as a center of excellence is designed to distinguish those schools that demonstrate sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation in the selected area, that conduct ongoing research to document the effectiveness of such innovation, that set high standards for themselves, and that are committed to continuous quality improvement. such recognition indicates a commitment by the school as a whole to pursue and sustain excellence in student learning and professional development, ongoing faculty development, or nursing education research.”
    “this is an incredible affirmation of the outstanding quality of every aspect of excelsior college and our school of nursing,” said dr. nettleton. “it acknowledges our premier external degree nursing programs and our extraordinary students, alumni, faculty, staff, advisors and administrators. we are extremely pleased to have received this honor of distinction.”
    excelsior college has awarded more than 33,000 nursing degrees and has approximately 18,000 students enrolled currently in its nursing degree programs.
    for more information, visit the nln web site at:
    Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Feb 26, '07
  7. by   CSLee3
    EC grad here....you won't have a problem picking a BSN or MSN school thata will not work with you. The worst case scenario is you may have to repeat a class due to a lab or take a lab itself. A co-worker of mine is a F.N.P. and has A.A.S.N. and B.S.N. through Excelsior and she was able to get into University of Texas, MSN and practitioner program. Like EC says..."what you know is more important than where you learned it"
    ERDude:spin:
  8. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    There's a list of schools, www.excelsior.edu, in the nursing catalog which accept EC's ASN to continue on with their BSN program. All the big universities are on the list including Vanderbilt, Stanford etc. I doubt you would have any problems.
    Stanford University in California now has a nursing program? When did that take place? I heard that they had one many years ago but it doesn't anymore last time I checked...
  9. by   CSLee3
    Duthgirl is not saying Stanford has a nursing school, she is referring to the fact that they are one of the universities listed in a publication that accepts work (Tests and Degrees) from Excelsior College. EC's tests are now the industry standard and most schools treat them the same as CLEP or DANTES.
  10. by   DutchgirlRN
    Quote from CSLee3
    Duthgirl is not saying Stanford has a nursing school, she is referring to the fact that they are one of the universities listed in a publication that accepts work (Tests and Degrees) from Excelsior College. EC's tests are now the industry standard and most schools treat them the same as CLEP or DANTES.
    :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: :yeahthat: Thanks CSLee3, some people take everything so literally! Thanks for seeing beyond that!
  11. by   caliotter3
    I wish that the different states would not pursue their mission to denigrate Excelsior and remove them from the options that residents have to become nurses. If individual states were addressing their needs for educated and working nurses appropriately, then only a very select population would have to seek nursing education through distance programs like Excelsior. California is the worst example of complaining about the status quo, and then making poor excecutive decisions to address the nursing shortage.
    Last edit by caliotter3 on Feb 28, '07
  12. by   NurseCubanitaRN2b
    I know that San Jose State University also accepts EC Exams...I read it on their website....I was hoping that Stanford had a nursing program...that would give the Bay Area another school to keep in mind....thanks for clarification....
  13. by   CraigB-RN
    I've had no problems at all. Besides a BSN, I've gotten a MEd and am currently working on my FNP. As long as you do your homework and know which states have specific rules about EC you'll be OK. Just make sure you know what your getting into. It's not easy and it's not a "mail" order program. You will work/study for your credits. The more experiene you have the better off you will be.

    Don't trust all the info you get here. There is lots of missinformation. Go right to the source with EC and the Boards of Nursing were you want to work/get licensed.

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