Need Excelsior Clarification - page 3

I am trying to sort out the info for Excelsior & need a little help. Can I get study material from eBay, yahoo, etc & contact Pearson to schedule test dates prior to enrolling. Basically I am... Read More

  1. by   cheleb61
    If you check out their website www.excelsior.edu, you can find out what exactly you need. It's the same pre-reqs as a regular school.
  2. by   LSuazoPerez
    Hi Everyone!!!! I am so excited that someone finally clarified all of this, I almost signed on with TCN this week but as a single mom of 6 year old twins I could not get into any more debt than necessary. Cab you guys give me the name of the books you used to study?
    Laura
    Last edit by sirI on Oct 10, '09
  3. by   DanisTeeta
    Big Kenny---you seem to know alot about EC so I thought I would ask you...........

    Can u start NC 1 before graduating LPN?? I know NC 2 will be waived. I take the Nclex-PN in August. Thanks!
  4. by   caliotter3
    The current booklist for Excelsior can be found on their website. Each study guide also has the booklist in it. These textbooks can be purchased used on ebay. If one really wants to save money, they can buy an earlier edition. In general, there is not really a necessity to have the latest edition for the Excelsior nrsg concepts exams.
  5. by   Texas34
    Thank you all for the useful info on Excelsior----I recently enrolled and working on NC1. Hope to get it all done within a year---have read that it is possible to complete a module in about a month----is that right?

    Thanks!
    Mary
  6. by   SuesquatchRN
    Depending on how much time you have for reading, yes, you can do it that quickly.
  7. by   trilli18
    Diahni,
    would I also be able to get a copy of the table you have for what books used for what exams. I would really appreciate this. Thank you so much for your help.
  8. by   DEBDEB803
    Quote from Diahni
    You can cut this middle man out and do your own studying and searching for materials needed for the course and save yoursef 4-5k based on what I see people paying for RUE and or The College Network. BUT what you can do is buy the TCN/RUE study books off of ebay and safe yourself 500-700$ per study book, if you feel you need such a condensed version of the text book (basically what the publishing companies do).
    Yes, I have been winging it alone getting my materila together with Excelsior, and having success finding materials, etc. Some of the books I bought used on the internet though amazon, and I even found some of the texts through interlibrary loan.
    Diahni[/quote]

    Will I get accepted into Excelsior although I am a CNA?
  9. by   txspadequeenRN
    ec will not accept you as a student unless you are a lvn, paramedic, rt or have completed at least 50% of a rn program. there are other qualifications but they dealing with doctors and midwives things like that.

    Quote from debdeb803
    yes, i have been winging it alone getting my materila together with excelsior, and having success finding materials, etc. some of the books i bought used on the internet though amazon, and i even found some of the texts through interlibrary loan.
    diahni
    will i get accepted into excelsior although i am a cna?[/quote]
  10. by   Diahni
    Quote from DEBDEB803
    Yes, I have been winging it alone getting my materila together with Excelsior, and having success finding materials, etc. Some of the books I bought used on the internet though amazon, and I even found some of the texts through interlibrary loan.
    Diahni
    Will I get accepted into Excelsior although I am a CNA?[/quote]

    Debdeb:
    You should email the excelsior admissions office (there's a link at excelsior.edu,) but I do think you either need to be an LPN, or have three semesters of clinical in an RN program. I am sure there are also other types of backgrounds they will accept, so you have to run your experience by them.
  11. by   eelite36
    Quote from LilDKessler
    I am trying to sort out the info for Excelsior & need a little help. Can I get study material from eBay, yahoo, etc & contact Pearson to schedule test dates prior to enrolling. Basically I am looking to do this for the core classes if possible. Also, do I have to pay the $190 (3 credit) $220 (4 credit) & $280 (6 credit) for each exam if I am not purchasing the guided learning material? Can someone please get me very clear cut answers to what I will be "required" to pay for other than the enrollment, application, student services, CPNE, grad fees? Thanks so much for helping me sort out all the options a little clearer! Have a blessed day.:smilecoffeecup:
    Nursing Concepts 1-7 exams are $220 each. Some of the other general courses vary in prices. They might be cheaper than the core classes. The CPNE is about $1725. The enrollment fee is currently $895 plus other fees if financing. The initial application is about $70. Just get the study guides from Distance Learning Systems on ebay. Also you can purchase questions and answers from Nurse Justin on ebay. One last thing. For every year that you're enrolled, you must pay annual fee (about $500). Some other tests are about $190.
  12. by   eelite36
    Quote from bubby8
    I am a recent Grad of Excelsior College. All of the info that Chris gave is correct. The one thing that I do want to add is that the Excelsior College exams prepare you very well for the NCLEX. I graduated 12/15/06 and took my boards on 01/30/07. I passed with flying colors. Only got 75 questions. The questions were just as hard as the Excelsior exam questions. Just make sure you study and do well on all the Nursing Concepts and use the Saunders Comprehensive NCLEX Review Book (the blue colored book). If I was you guys I would start using it now the book now to help prepare for the exams as well as the NCLEX. I hope this helped you out.
    My only concern is that I enrolled with Distance Learning Systems and paying alot of money for the study guides. What can I do now?
  13. by   eelite36
    Quote from Diahni
    LilD: I am starting NC1 too, pending Excelsior's receipt of all my transcripts. I'm excited, too. One thing I appreciate so much is that the material is so clear. The powerpoints I was given in "regular" nursing school were a mess!
    Do you, or anybody else on this thread have any idea of how long it takes to do the 7 exams and the CPNE? I'd love to get an idea. Looking through the first exam material, it looks like the same type of stuff I'm used to. I would love to finish in less than a year. Do you, or anyone else, think this is possible?
    Thanks, and good luck!
    Diahni
    It should not take that long if you study 3-5 times a week. If you can go to the library. Then if you use all the resources on ebay, you should get through in about 10-11 months. I'm not kidding. That's if you concentrate on it every chance you get.

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