I researched Excelsior extensively 2 years ago, but did not apply because of the CPNE at the end of the course. It scares me to think that I wouldn't pass it and then be out all that time and money, etc. Also, the closest Sylvan center for testing is 200 miles round trip, and I know I'd have to go frequently to test. Also, I am a Medical Assistant, and let my certification go this year beacuse I haven't had time to recertify yet, and that is the requirement I would need to get in, since being an EMT no longer applies to the admission policy.
But..how did you all decide which program is right for you? I like the clinical idea with Deaconess, but it may be more convenient to do Excelsior and test whenever. It is defiently less expensive, and I could maybe get through the program faster. However, even with as much clinical experience as I have, it's still not the same as what a "real" nurse does and I'm afraid I'd never pass the CPNE.
How did you all decide what was right for you?