excelsior in texas??

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    Hi!! I'm new to this site..but i love it already...I am planning on using the Excelsior program to get my RN, I am an LVN now...has anyone gone thru it?? I'm worried about not being able to use my license in tx...how difficult it is, and the actual cost...i've been quoted about 6-9K, because I've already had most of my rre-reqs....sounds too good to be true...any advice???
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    I'm an EC grad RN in TX and can assure you that TX has no problems with EC grads. The TX BNE even reviewed the program for TX licensure eligibility back when CA first made changes regarding EC.

    The board voted not to make any licensure restrictions with regard to EC grads in the state so you will have no problems in Texas.

    Taken from the Texas BNE website

    "Texas does recognize graduates from pre-licensure nursing education programs that are approved/accredited by other State Boards of Nursing as eligible to apply to take the NCLEX examination(s) and apply for licensure in Texas. Excelsior College is one of these programs. Excelsior College is approved by the New York State Board of Nursing and graduates from that program may apply to take the NCLEX-RN Examination in Texas or any other state and apply for licensure as a registered nurse in Texas."

    However.......Are you sure that you are going to stay in Texas practicing as an RN?
    You may want to consider the possibility of having trouble getting licensed in a state like CA should you choose to move there at some point in your life.

    Just some food for thought when making a decision.

    Getting my RN through EC was the best decision that I ever made, but that's easy for me to say because I meet eligibility requirements for licensure in every state at this point, regardless of it's current restrictions.

    Other people who did not make deadlines or weren't prior LPN's, etc. are not so fortunate.
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    Delmar community college in Corpus Christi has an online RN program that would be MUCH cheaper than Excelsior - just something to look into. I believe they do LVN to RN too. They are also integrated with TAMU-CC for an online BSN. I do not know what the limitations are in terms of location etc. but it would certainly be worth checking into.

    Community college and state university prices - cant get cheaper than that!
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    They do not have a online LVN to RN program which makes no sense to me. They have a generic program and they told me I would have to start all over in the RN program. You would think that with this shortage they would want RN's ASAP and bridging LVN's is a great way to do that but the programs here in N. Texas are limited.

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    Delmar community college in Corpus Christi has an online RN program that would be MUCH cheaper than Excelsior - just something to look into. I believe they do LVN to RN too. They are also integrated with TAMU-CC for an online BSN. I do not know what the limitations are in terms of location etc. but it would certainly be worth checking into.

    Community college and state university prices - cant get cheaper than that!
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    Wow that is crazy!

    One of the schools in Texas needs to start THAT program!
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    yes it is stupid and I call them every semester and ask figuring they might catch on and say "hey you know that crazy lady that calls every semester she doesnt have a bad idea..how bout a online LVN to RN program"..duh



    Quote from gauge14iv
    Wow that is crazy!

    One of the schools in Texas needs to start THAT program!
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    Yeah, I looked into that school, but I want to travel eventually as a nurse, so I realized I shouldn't get one there.
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    Hi I just finished with Excelsior and though I live in OKlahoma I am now licensed in Texas because Oklahoma requires additional clinicals for new EC grads which sucks but if you have two years experience they have no problem endorsing you. California and Kansas are the only place I know of that do not Take EC at all. Most other places if you have been a nurse for a couple of years no longer care where you graduated from.. EC was the best path for me though it was expensive. I try to look at it from the perspective as I didn't have to pay more daycare, got to actually see my rugrats and husband and wasn't completly exhausted from trying to do ttoo much. If we had a lot of stuf going on I just put school on back burner for a week or two. I did it 14 months from enrollment to grad I just had theory Infrmation Lit and CPNE to do though. Hope this helps.
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    Hello...EricEnfermero is a moderator on this site, is from TX and graduated from EC within the last year or so. PM him; I'm sure he'd answer any question you may have. And hi Eric, if you're reading this!
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    Hello...EricEnfermero is a moderator on this site, is from TX and graduated from EC within the last year or so. PM him; I'm sure he'd answer any question you may have. And hi Eric, if you're reading this!
    Hi everyone! Yes, it's true. EC grad 12/05. NICU nurse in Texas. Excelsior was a great decision for me and I haven't regretted it, but like anything else, you want to have all of the facts before rushing into such important matters. Would welcome questions and/or PM's from any member, any time.


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