I am a LPN, considering EC to bridge to RN. I am concerned about the lack of information on the excelsior website.
I'm trying to locate former EC students to find out what their total cost was? Any help, info. would be great!
Feb 14, '11
I am enrolled in the program right now, I have added up the costs from start to finish for me, and since I do not have most of the required pre-req's done it will be about $6,500 to finish the entire program, but that is including the $895 enrollment fee, CPNE, all nursing and pre-req exams, I also factored in $65 for each practice examination and I allotted about $300 for books and study guides.
I am cutting a few corners to save money by doing some CLEP exams, those are $77 a peice, I have already done my 6 credits humanities core that way and plan to also do Sociology and Human Growth and Development CLEP.
All the books that are required I have purchased so far on Amazon.com and ebay for a fraction of the price new--I don't think I have even spent $100 yet and I have bought all the required nursing texts, but I have not yet purchased the A&P and Micro materials and CPNE study guides and kit.
I definately think $250 for a 3 credit course is awesome, considering it's half of what I would pay at the local community college and I can do it all on my own time. So far I am very happy w/Excelsior.
Good luck! I am hoping to be an RN by the end of this year :-)
Last edit by BeachieRN84 on Feb 14, '11
Feb 15, '11
I too have bargained shopped. I wish you had come on previously smartnurse1 posted a site to get the med/surg book for free(download) I managed to get the pharm book, fundamentals, nursing diagnosis, diet/nutrition and pediatrics for a total of $42 on half.com the fundamentals was the current edition, the others were one behind.I also ordered studygroup101 study material off ebay for $60. I have read from some other posters that they never bought a book, just studied the cds from studygroup. I just wish the practice exams were less expensive or free, it doesn't seem right to charge for something that doesn't get you credit but we all know the deal before we jump in. I am waiting for "approval" from my employer as they pay 80% up to $2000 a year toward my education but being Excelsior is "nontraditional" I am having to jump through hoops to prove to them the RNs that come from Excelsior in many ways are better prepared nurses than new grads from most nursing programs.
Last edit by savagetrojan on Feb 15, '11