States that have some/full restrictions on Excelsior College - Can we get a sticky?

  1. I found this from a website and based on my research they all look accurate to me but as a rule of thumb, always check with your BON if they have a problem with Excelsior College.

    Thank You,
    Angel



    Alabama
    Alabama State Board evaluates Excelsior graduates on a case by case basis. Since 2000, any graduates with significant hours of RN experience may apply for endorsement and possibly be accepted for endorsement by the Alabama State Board. Contact the state board for details.

    Arizona
    Excelsior students will have to complete 120 hour precepted experience set up by Excelsior College, after finishing the associate nursing degree requirements. Then they may apply for the NCLEX-RN. Students may endorse into the state with 960 RN hours. (9/2006)

    California
    All Excelsior ADN graduates who enrolled on or before December 6, 2003, may apply for endorsement with an unencumbered RN license and will be considered by the California Board of Nursing on a case by case basis. Contact the state board for details.

    Colorado
    Colorado ASN Graduates sitting for boards: Anyone registered before January 1, 2006 will be grandfathered in with no changes to them as long as they keep their registration with Excelsior active by paying the applicable maintenance fee each year. Those who complete an Associate Degree and are not LPNs will need 750 additional clinical hours. Those who complete an Associate Degree and are LPNs will need 350 additional clinical hours. The state of CO is currently working on a plan to make those additional clinical hours available. (9/2005)

    Florida
    Florida State Board accepts all LPNs. Non-LPNs doing the RN program through Excelsior College can still endorse into Florida, however the State Board will now require 2 years of RN experience outside the state of Florida.

    Georgia
    Georgia State Board only accept Excelsior College graduates through reciprocity.

    Illinois
    All graduates must endorse in with 2 years of RN experience.

    Kansas
    Kansas Residents: Check with the Kansas State Board of Nursing about additional clinical hours needed.

    Kentucky
    This board is requiring that all graduates of all nursing schools do a 120 hour preceptorship upon completion of the nursing program.

    Louisiana
    LPNs or graduates with 50% traditional nursing school clinical hours who complete the Excelsior College nursing program may apply for the RN examination. All non-LPN graduates must endorse in with 6 months RN experience.

    Maryland
    All graduates enrolled on or before July 24, 2006 and graduate before December 31, 2007 will be eligible to apply for the RN examination or endorsement. Contact the state board for details.

    North Dakota
    All graduates may endorse in with 400 hours of RN experience

    Oklahoma
    For initial licensure, students are required to pass two 30-hour precepted experiences in Psych and OB administered by Excelsior College before graduation.

    Vermont
    Vermont Residents and Excelsior College: You will need to take your state boards outside the state of Vermont and work 480 clinical hours (roughly 12 weeks) before you can transfer your RN licensure into the state of Vermont. (11/2006)

    Washington
    Only LPNs with 200 hour precepted experience set up through a Washington Nursing Commission approved facility may apply for examination. Graduates who were originally LPNs may endorse in with minimum 200 hours RN experience. All non-LPN graduates with RN experience may be denied endorsement and will have to appeal any denial.

    Link:
    http://www.istudysmart.com/content.asp?cid=70
    Last edit by agldragonRN on Oct 3, '07
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   tater.jake
    yes, a redundant question that deserves a sticky. Great info. Up until now I thought that CA flat out refused excelsior students.
  4. by   agldragonRN
    Quote from mtb83201
    yes, a redundant question that deserves a sticky. Great info. Up until now I thought that CA flat out refused excelsior students.
    Yup when I was researching which states don't accept Excelsior, I could not find any post that lists all the states.

    And yes unfortunately, CA does not accept Excelsior anymore after December 6, 2003.


    So currently, CALIFORNIA AND MARYLAND are the ONLY states that don't accept Excelsior College anymore. That's 2 out of 50 states, so you can practice in 96 percent of the United States which is fine by me.

    Angel
    Last edit by agldragonRN on Oct 2, '07
  5. by   txspadequeenRN
    i had no idea that so many states had restrictions on ec. i'm glad my state loves ec grads....
  6. by   Leo2
    georgia requires 500 hrs working as an RN in another state before you can apply for a Ga. lic. Leo2
  7. by   anticoagulationurse
    Addendum to Washington. In my experience you can avoid the preceptor requirement by applying for original licensure for a lovely Excelsior friendly state such as Texas or Minnesota and then endorse your license to WA right away. You do not have to work in the original state of licensure before endorsing. You can take any state's NCLEX at any NCLEX testing site (meaning you don't have to travel to MN from WA to take the boards for MN). This is only for LPNs completing the program. As far as I know, appeal as many times as you want, they will not accept a medic RN grad.


    THANKS for compiling this list! Fabulous work which is much appreciated, I'm sure.
    Last edit by anticoagulationurse on Oct 2, '07
  8. by   EricJRN
    I'm trying to rework the structure of the stickies in the Distance/Online Learning Forum, but I'll definitely work this in!
  9. by   Pixie.RN
    A random question ... what happens if you do an RN-to-BSN from another school? Does that eradicate any of the difficulties with these boards, or will the fact that you got your initial RN this way just continue to be an issue? Anyone know?
  10. by   EricJRN
    In general, your basic nursing education (the original RN program) is what determines your eligibility. So someone generally could not get around a given state's restriction on the EC ASN program by completing an RN-to-BSN, even if it is accredited.
  11. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from EricEnfermero
    In general, your basic nursing education (the original RN program) is what determines your eligibility. So someone generally could not get around a given state's restriction on the EC ASN program by completing an RN-to-BSN, even if it is accredited.
    That is really bites.

    What about folks that do an on campus RN-BSN at a brick and mortar school that has extra traditional clinical hours?


    I know CA won't accept them, but you would think with the clinical hours they would.
  12. by   NYSNOWBUNNY007
    Are there clinicals for the RN-BSN program??...i thought once you get your initial RN through AS there are no "clinicals" required for BSN...im confused!...lol...XoXo
  13. by   EricJRN
    The problem is that, in RN-to-BSN programs that do offer clinicals (not all do), the emphasis is often more on things like patient education than on the basic nursing skills. It's that lack of concurrent structured skills practice that most of these BON's have a problem with.
  14. by   sunnyjohn
    Quote from Sue2006
    Are there clinicals for the RN-BSN program??...i thought once you get your initial RN through AS there are no "clinicals" required for BSN...im confused!...lol...XoXo

    I seen a few RN-BSN programs that have actually clinicals with an instructor and everything.

    Those programs are getting rare though.

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