You have to take all 7 of the Nursing Concepts exams.
Excelsior has study guides for all of the exams that are free. You can download them from the web site, or they will mail you one. You do not have to get the recommended text books. You can use the text books you had in nursing school
in order to save money. There are also study guides put out by College Network and Rue and some others.
The best thing to do is call Excelsior or send an email and clarify just how it works to take the NC1 and NC2 without enrolling and also be able to get credit. I have to wonder if the grades of those exams are held in a "bank" until you enroll and then a transcript is sent.
My advice is to concentrate on getting the core requirements (pre-req's) done and out of the way before you start on the Nursing Exams. I still have Life Span Development Psych hanging over my head to finish before March when I take the CPNE. Now I don't want to study for that, I just want to get done and graduate and take my boards. I can't imagine going this far and having 10 more general education requirements to do. You can't take the CPNE if you have more than 10 general education requirements to complete. I guess Excelsior has figured out that once you go for that CPNE, you are ready to be done.
I went to my local Community College and took classes, and I did CLEP exams to get my general credits--------except for this Life Span........AUGH. You can also take the general courses on line from other universities and transfer the credit. I will probably take the LIfe Span on line from the Univ of OK. I could also test out of it, but right now, I'd rather take it on line. Less hard studying that way.
Something everyone needs to understand. Excelsior is not necessarily as fast or any faster than going to a college. It is more flexible because you study at home and take a test and you go at your own pace. You still have to get a AAS degree. Excelsior has been the perfect solution for me since I work full time and have lots of other stuff going on in my life. I could not have done this any other way right now.