okay first lets start with the free guides. if you go to ec's website (go here) https://login.excelsior.edu/ec_porta...et/portallogin
, there you can sign up for a free account. after that log in, and you will find all of their exam content guides there 100% free.
with that said you don't really need them. you only need them if you plan on taking ec's exams. i don't plan on taking ec's exams (the ones that i can avoid). i am taking clep exams, from what i have heard they are much easier, and much cheaper (only $55 each, compared to like $200 ea for ec).
next you don't have to enroll and pay the $800 with ec until you are ready to take the nursing concepts 3 exam.
okay without going to into it, here is what i suggest to you:
1. go to the link i gave you, and look around, you will find what is required for ec's nursing program
2. exam the credit you alrady have that may fufill some of ec's requirements (if you went to a regionally accredited school, andthey have similiar course names, they will transfer)
3. after you have figured out what you have focus on what you don't have. and since you are an lpn you probably won't have most of the pre-req's, and of course none of the nursing concepts.
4. go to the clep website and look at what exams they have that will transfer over to ec (all of the will except any type of english, for ec's written english requirement)
5. choose which subject you want to start on, and go get the clep study guide, as well as another subject specific study guide. there are lots of great ones out there made just for clep exams.
6. create a timeline, study hard, and go take your clep test. everyone has told me that most of them are pretty easy so as long as you study the clep official study guide and another one (like peterson's) made for clep exams, you should pass.
7.do this until you have taken all of the pre-req's that you can with clep (you won't be able to take any enlish with clep, and you will also not be able to take statistics or microbiology)
8. for the ones that you can't test our of with clep, you can do 1 of 3 things
a. find a coourse onlne at at a local college that will fufill the requirement
b. study what the ec content gudes tell you to study and take the ec exam
c. take the actual ec course (they are like $700 each)
9. after you have done all of the pre-req's, you can do one of two things
a. enroll in ec, pay the $800, transfer all of your exams and/or college course to ec, and start on your nursing concepts (you will basically have to follow the ec content guides for nursing concepts, because you have to take those exams through ec)
b. get your study materials and take nursing concepts 1 and 2, without enrolling in ec
10. if you have already enrolled in ec at this point, all you have to do is complete your nursing concepts, and the cpne. if you have not enrolled in ec by this point you must enroll now, and transfer all of your exams and/or college course to ec. then you may go on to take nursing concepts 3-7 and the cpne.
11. you have graduated!!!... congrats!!!... now go on to get you bsn.