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I am an LPN trying to become an RN. I am looking at a place called Accelerated Learning Center. Has anyone heard of it? I met 2 nurses during my clinicals that were going through them and they had nothing but good things to say about it,but I cant find anything else about it ANYWHERE! Please help!
I know this is dated from 2010, but I just saw it today. I am an Excelsior student and I have been attending Accelerated Learning Center, and I wanted to give my opinion on my experience. ALC is a test prep company that prepares you to take the Excelsior exams. I have passed all of my Excelsior exams and am currently taking Excelsior's 2 online FCCA classes and then I'll be ready for the CPNE. (I already had my gen ed classes completed, so I only needed the nursing classes, A&P, microbiology, and lifespan psychology.) While a person can do Excelsior without any help, and I'm sure that a lot of people do, I have found that Accelerated's program has been very helpful to prepare me for Excelsior's exams. The instructors are seasoned nurses that are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see the students succeed, and they make themselves available even outside of class. ALC also has study guide books which put the needed information into a concise form that makes studying more focused. Another thing that isn't discussed much, but does happen with ALC is, because the classes are small, you get to know your classmates, and oftentimes informal study groups are formed among the students. With attending the ALC classes and doing studying on my own, I was able to pass all of my exams on the first attempt. (Not everyone does, but if you don't, you can retake the classes for free, if you meet ALC's guidelines). I personally found that attending ALC has helped to keep me focused on my goal. I did also take Excelsior's practice exams, which I found to be helpful too...but those are actually through Excelsior, not Accelerated. About the cost: nursing school isn't going to be cheap no matter where you go. But ALC does have payment options that they will discuss with you when you go in to talk to them. I found that they were upfront with me, and did give me a breakdown of the costs before I signed up. All in all, I have been pleased with my experience at ALC, and I do recommend it to others that are considering the Excelsior program. And about Excelsior: it is the only distance learning program that the Tennessee Board of Nursing approves. Some states do have additional guidelines about the Excelsior program, so a person would need to check with their individual state board of nursing about their acceptance of the Excelsior program.