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RetrieverGirl has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med/surg tele, home health, travel.

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I am in the process of switching nursing programs because I failed my second nursing class in my ADN program (in which I would've graduated in December 2010). My only options are to transfer to the BSN program through the same university and start all over, or transfer to Excelsior and finish within 12-18 months for my ADN. I wanted to know more about the program from someone with experience. I was unsuccessful my first semester because I took too many credit hours which left me 2 points short of passing in my main nursing class. The reason for my unfortunate grade this time was some unexpected events that occured the last few weeks of school. I did great on all of my tests, but failed the next to the last test and did horribly. My overall class grade headed for a downward spiral and I ended up coming up 3 points shy on the final to redeem myself. I am ready to get things started and I'm nervous about what to expect from the computerized tests!!! I'm determined to become a nurse this time and NOTHING will stand in my way!!! After successful completion I will sit for the nclex in Ohio.

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If you want to know more about the Excelsior nursing program visit their website, http://www.excelsior.edu, or read some of the many, many posts and threads about EC on this site. However, if your school will allow you to enter the BSN program after failing out of the ASN program, you should really consider that option first.

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RetrieverGirl has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med/surg tele, home health, travel.

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I don't think I could stomach another 3 years right now. I have been in school since 2003. I was an education major and switched to nursing in 2007. I eventually would like to get my BSN, but I can also transition online through the university I attend after I acheive my RN. I would do that after I established a job and hopefully would receive assistance from the institution in which I am employed. With the Excelsior program I am able to work mor often. I work in home health and will have plenty of time to study. But if I attend classes on campus and have 12 hr clinicals I won't be able to work many hours or study for that matter!!!

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anonymous1919 is a LPN and specializes in Geriatrics.

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I am in the process of switching nursing programs because I failed my second nursing class in my ADN program (in which I would've graduated in December 2010). My only options are to transfer to the BSN program through the same university and start all over, or transfer to Excelsior and finish within 12-18 months for my ADN. I wanted to know more about the program from someone with experience. I was unsuccessful my first semester because I took too many credit hours which left me 2 points short of passing in my main nursing class. The reason for my unfortunate grade this time was some unexpected events that occured the last few weeks of school. I did great on all of my tests, but failed the next to the last test and did horribly. My overall class grade headed for a downward spiral and I ended up coming up 3 points shy on the final to redeem myself. I am ready to get things started and I'm nervous about what to expect from the computerized tests!!! I'm determined to become a nurse this time and NOTHING will stand in my way!!! After successful completion I will sit for the nclex in Ohio.

I wouldn't do the Excelsior route. Here, in Kentucky, the board of nursing is considering not letting new grads sit for boards because Excelsior has low pass rates. You should look into if you're state is considering anything like that before starting the program. I don't mean to offend you when saying this but a lot of people who try to go the Excelsior route are "nursing school hoppers" because they fail and try to do the next quick thing to get their lisence. After researching if your BON will accept Excelsior and you are sure that you can study at home and do online school with out class instruction... then go for it. Just remember, just because you pass their school doesn't mean they've prepared you right for the Boards... so be careful!

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That's not true, most people who do Excelsior is because of time,family,work. There are people who have failed who come 2 Excelsior. Most are disciplined self starters. I have so many nurses who say that they are not disciplined to do 2

Excelsior. There Nclex pass rate equals or exceeds the national pass rate.

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RetrieverGirl has 9 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med/surg tele, home health, travel.

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I need to work right now and I am not wasting my time going to school for another 3 years for my BSN!!! I am very self motivated. Some things happen for a reason and I am a firm believer. I'm not sure why it had to happen to me when I was so close to graduating with my ADN,:confused: but I was under a lot of stress at home with some issues the last few weeks of school and I feel it had a large impact on my concentration and performance in the end. Never had a problem all semester and then all of he sudden the walls came crashing down...It hurts deep inside. :crying2: I wake up every day wondering what happened to me. I'm not jumping nursing schools because I am a failure. I am determined to finish what I started and I will become an RN. :nurse:

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sorry, but that's simply not true. i finished my lpn and i am turning down an rn seat in nursing program at a college here in nyc. why?

 

1) excelsior is nlnac accredited.

2) excelsior tuition is very reasonable..anywhere from 5-8k to complete my adn

3) i can easily work and catch up on my life while i finish my adn through them.

4) i'm a woman, so i would like to start a family. with excelsior, i have the ability

to take off time should i need to and focus on what is important in my life. i won't regret that in any way, fashion, or form.

5) excelsior gives me up to 7 y ears to complete. i decide my schedule, studying, load, etc. as an adult, i'm completely in control of my nursing education.

6) excelsior grads must be "somewhat" sharp, in the least, because you don't have someone holding your hand through the process. the program is meant for motivated, go-getters, who possess the intelligence to pass all exams on their own.

 

 

i can go back to my college...but no thanks. i put up with way too much cattiness, drama, backstabbing, and corruption there. they can lose out on my $24,000 tuition for the rn portion. i'm taking the good life.

 

choosing excelsior college has completely lifted my spirits in every way possible. it's going to be hard work, but i'm positive that it's a great stepping stone to the direction i am heading.:nurse:

 

ps. only you can truly prepare yourself for the boards. as lpns, i'm positive that those finishing excelsior are aware of this. you do not rely on a school to help you pass the boards. it's all up to you.

 

 

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So is Excelsior acknowledged by the Ohio Board of Nursing??.. Will you be able to take your boards if you graduate from this program?

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Excelsior is acknowledged by ALL boards in ALL states except TWO. Those states are Maryland and California. The rest are SAFE and good to go! :)

Also, Excelsior College is NLNAC accredited and you DEFINITELY are eligible to sit for boards at the end of the program.

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Ok Thanks a bunch I actually signed up for the program and recieved my first books today!! I was a little nervous because I started reading that there is a possibility that they might not be approved my Ohio and since it is so late at night I couldnt call the boards!!!

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ZooMommyRN has 9 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in Med/Surg, ICU, ER, Peds ER-CPEN.

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double check with your state's BON, but people I know have been told that begining July 1st 2010 FL students no longer have to endure the review board or take NCLEX in another state and apply for endorsement, not sure if other states still make you jump through similar hoops.

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TashaLPN2006RN2012 has 8 years experience as a ASN, RN and specializes in Home Health, Podiatry, Neurology, Case Mgmt.

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Ohio AND Kentucky accept Excelsior college grads! And i talked to KY BON and the lady I talked to said that EC is a perfectly respectable college and good luck! I am going to get my OH license though and work on Ft. Knox to get my 120hrs (that ALL ADN grads have to get to be fully licensed through KY) before getting my KY license. Since Ohio doesn't require any hours or anything to get the license. Plus i was origonally got my LPN through OH too. Always the best bet is to call the BON and ask about the program you are interested in.

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