Published Jul 2, 2005
I am interested in getting my RN through Excelsior. I'm currently an LPN. Any advice?
Don't do it. Of the 20ish people I know that started, 2 finished.
donsterRN, ASN, BSN
Actually, there are quite a number of current Excelsior College students active on these boards. Go to the Nursing Students forum, then to the Distance Learning - Independent Study sub-forum. You'll find lots of discussion about the Excelsior program. Someone who is actually in the program may have some first hand knowledge of issues you have questions about.
Your much better off looking at a traditional program. Excelsior is expensive and there are some states that will not accept the degree.
The Excelsior program is not for everyone. You have to be willing to work hard and need to be self motivated. I think that is why many people start and never finish. I myself am an Excelsior grad and the program worked out very well for me. Go to the distance learning boards and do a search for Excelsior. You will see many different opinions and advice. My advice to you is to consider all your options and choose what will be best for you. If you have the time to go through a traditional program then it may be the way to go. Best of luck. If you have any other questions feel free to ask.
Transition from LPN to RN should be no problem. I did this program about 8 years ago, finished in 6 mths. It was really the only answer for me at the time. But as the previous poster mentioned...if you can't self study this is not the program for you. Good luck, it can be done.
Nascar nurse, ASN, RN
I just graduated from Excelsior in May. Previous posts are very accurate. You HAVE to be self motivated or it won't work. I learned I needed to schedule an exam and then study for it so I had a deadline that I had to meet. They tell you to study first, then schedule the exam - but I never seemed to EVER get ready for an exam that way. I also used Chancellors study guides and they helped alot. These are expensive though. I see alot of used study guide on ebay - cheaper than buying them from complany. Good luck. It can be done, but it ain't easy!
I am an LPN and currently only have my clinical section to do through Excelsior. This program has worked great for me. I can see where it would not be for everyone. You have to be able to motivate yourself. Most of the people that don't complete the course is because of lack of motivation.
I have a 2 1/2 year old, a husband, 2 dogs, a full time job (12 hour shifts), and a house to run. Add to this gall bladder surgery and ectopic pregnancy and another surgery for that. EC was the only way to go for me. Look into all of your options before you decide. God bless and good luck to you.
Excelsior graduate here. If you want to work in California you should look elsewhere, because CA no longer accepts EC grads. Certain other states (like Illinois) will only accept EC grads under certain conditions. Other states are looking into locking them out altogether, but that may not happen for awhile.
Question for you. Once you've completed NCLEX in another state (Indiana for me) can you transfer you license into a state that does not accept EC grads? Has anyone done that?
RosesrReder, BSN, MSN, RN
I believe you are taking a huge risk. You may encounter problems when looking for a job because many states/employers do not accept the credits.
Is there a way that you can go to a traditional school. Or one that maybe offers many gen ed's online?
Good luck :)
I believe you are taking a huge risk. You may encounter problems when looking for a job because many states/employers do not accept the credits.Is there a way that you can go to a traditional school. Or one that maybe offers many gen ed's online?Good luck :)
Sorry, did not make myself clear. I am already an Excelsior grad and an RN in the state of Indiana. Wondering if I can transfer to Ill. or Cal. does anyone know?
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