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How long does it take to finish?

  1. 0 Hi,

    If you are an LPN or someone that took all the pre-reqs and decided to enroll in Excelsior, what is the average time you can finish all the 5-7 courses? I know this is subjective but in your own experience, how long did you finish the course?

    thanks a lot for your replies.
  2. Visit  paula77720 profile page

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    Joined Oct '01; Posts: 175; Likes: 6.

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  3. Visit  Agnus profile page
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    It is very individual. But you already said that. Basically as fast as you can register and take them. Some folks take an exam every month. Some every 4 weeks a few every 3 weeks.

    Just do not plan to do this with the CPNE. (the clinical performance exam) You need at least 3 months to prepare for this. A good many take 6 months to prepare for this one. Your time preparing for this is not wasted. Allow for more not less time on this one.
  4. Visit  TNcanNURSE profile page
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    I've heard of people taking an exam every week.
  5. Visit  Spazzy Nurse profile page
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    I have too. Those people must have no kids and endless supplies of peace and quiet. I wonder how many of them work.
  6. Visit  TNcanNURSE profile page
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    Has to be close to impossible I would think. Definitely don't think it's doable with a job and such. Probably easy to do if you pull 12 hour shifts studying. Plus you'd need a hugungous pile of cash at your disposal.

    The mafia did tell me I should be able to complete the EC program within one year. They say thats "average", but define average.
  7. Visit  opalmRN profile page
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    Originally posted by TNcanNURSE
    The mafia did tell me I should be able to complete the EC program within one year. They say thats "average", but define average.
    "The mafia":roll

    That is interesting. Why then does it take people in a traditional program two years to complete an ADN program?

    Like someone earlier posted, no other repsponsibilities and endless $$.

    I think I'd rather have a bit of a life as I go, don't you?

    By the way Agnus, how are you? Long time.

    C
  8. Visit  TNcanNURSE profile page
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    Exactly Opalm.

    The "2 year" ADN program usually takes 3 years with the people I've known.

    You can complete the Nursing in 2 years, but you've still got a heaping pile of prerecs.

    I think it would be extremely difficult to finish the program in one year. You couldn't break. For someone who totally did not break and took one exam every three weeks it would take about 42 weeks to finish the required courses. You'd still have the CPNE and all to go. I haven't gotten to the "hard" subjects yet, but I would think that Micro and A & P would be difficult to learn in 3 weeks.
  9. Visit  Roozeyk profile page
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    All I can say is...it is survival of the fittest....and right now, I ain't feelin' to fit.....ha ha ha......but then...I've been working 45 hours a week at the clinic, and somehow, hitting the books just isn't too appealing at the end of a long workday....I find it hard to keep myself motivated some weeks, and it's taking me a lot longer than my original gung ho self had thought it would!
  10. Visit  TNcanNURSE profile page
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    This is exactly why I refuse to leave my high paying hell-hole of a job. I work 12/hr shifts on weekend and then my dreaded 2nd shift on Wednesdays.

    That gives me a good amount of time to do my "household" stuff and still study and of course spend way too much time on the computer.


    I think it would be extremely difficult for me if I worked 5days/wk.
  11. Visit  featherzRN profile page
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    I'm new here and just saw this thread. I was an LVN and completed my ADN via Excelsior (Then Regents College) in six months total while working full time. So it can be done if you are completely insane.

    I don't know how they work it now, but back in the late 80's I think it was seven tests and the CPNE. I took the tests three at a time and took the CPNE after a couple of months of study. I already had the gen ed requirements, so that helped.

    I've been trying to find more information as to why California is now balking-every Regent's/Excelsior grad I have met has been more than capable.

    Heather
  12. Visit  Agnus profile page
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    Originally posted by featherzRN

    I've been trying to find more information as to why California is now balking-every Regent's/Excelsior grad I have met has been more than capable.

    Heather
    Me too. I think the key word is, "California". In other words, nuts.
  13. Visit  CraigB-RN profile page
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    Also remember that in a lot of cases it takes 3 years to get a "traditional" ADN in a lot of places. Here were I am it actually taked 3 1/2 years to complete. And the community college wonders why I tell the 18 yo's who are going into nurses to get BSN.
  14. Visit  Agnus profile page
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    We marvel at those who take these exams quickly. There are two thing I would caution. 1. What is their background. 2. What kind of grade are they getting on the exam.
    Some of us learn quickly and easily.

    Grades are an indication of how well you have mastered the material. 'C' is a minimum.

    You may not feel grades matter but it will be reflected in your practice.

    It will matter a great deal if you wish to be accepted into a BSN or MSN program at some later time.


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