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Changes to nursing theory course/exam delivery

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Pixie.RN has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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Changes to the ADN Program — this is from the school:

The faculty in the School of Nursing has approved moving the nursing theory portion of the associate degree in nursing program to an online course-only format. Associate degree in nursing students enrolling at Excelsior College on or after December 6, 2019, will register for online courses to meet their nursing theory requirements. These changes will be phased in for current students and are part of a planned transformation of the associate degree in nursing program to strengthen curriculum and ensure graduates are prepared to work in contemporary health care environments. The College will be in direct contact with current students individually to review their degree completion plans. This change does not affect the option to use UExcel exams to complete general education/arts and sciences requirements.

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TiffyRN has 26 years experience as a ADN, BSN, PhD and specializes in NICU.

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So I take it this was the complete demise of the old-style "test out" format Regents/Excelsior was known for over the years. In a way, not unexpected. I know they are really struggling overall. I find it very sad since my husband did their ADN program in 2001 and we both got our BSNs there. We've both since gone further in our education with me completing my PhD a few weeks ago and he about to finish his 1st semester in PMHNP school. I did not experience the theory courses for ADN but hubby did and it allowed him to complete his nursing theory courses in about 6 months (after fiddling around with pre-reqs and co-reqs for about a year).

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mellster is a LPN and specializes in LTC, home health.

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I have thought about trying Excelsior College for my RN for a while, but I'm afraid that taking the online classes will be too expensive.  Excelsior charges over 500 per credit.  That is kind of steep.  The community college in my area charges half that.  

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Pixie.RN has 11 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and specializes in EMS, ED, Trauma, CNE, CEN, CPEN, TCRN.

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20 minutes ago, mellster said:

I have thought about trying Excelsior College for my RN for a while, but I'm afraid that taking the online classes will be too expensive.  Excelsior charges over 500 per credit.  That is kind of steep.  The community college in my area charges half that.  

Excelsior College is a private school, so your community college will be less expensive. If you have a local program, that would probably be your best option. 

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