Quote from lvn2bsoon
Excelsior is definately a money maker and that's it. I looked into them when I was looking for a LPN-BSN and you have to go through the College Network for books and stuff, and the cost is outrageous. It is all self guided study, and you pay for each test you have to take. Places like this need to be shut down. OP, where do you live?
Just a clarification, You DO NOT need to go through the College Network for Excelsior. In fact Excelsior College specifically states to NOT go through the college network and has no affiliation (despite what TCN reps may tell prospective students) "In response to numerous inquiries from students, Excelsior College wants to clarify that it is in no way associated with The College Network (TCN) its subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, or partners. Excelsior does not promote, endorse, or approve TCN's products or services. Excelsior College provides its students with all of the resources and support necessary to successfully complete its degree programs, especially the Associate degree in nursing. For assistance or further information, please contact an Excelsior College advisor at 888-647-2388." About Test Preparation Services - excelsior.edu
The books needed for Excelsior are recommended
and the study guides are provided by Excelsior at no cost. Yes you pay for each exam, but you pay for each course when you go through a traditional brick & mortar school. As with any other school, a prudent student can locate alternate sources for the text books that are more economical (whether it is renting the books or purchasing used or older volumes)
There is no online, self-study, or distance education program that accepted nationwide. However, the reputable schools will inform you up front if the program is accepted by the board of nursing in your state of residence. Neither Indiana State University nor Excelsior College's LPN-RN programs are accepted in all 50 states. Some states have additional requirements, such as specific coursework or clinical preceptorships.
For Excelsior the information is here: State Board Requirements - excelsior.edu
Alaska does not have additional requirements for Excelsior graduates to obtain an initial RN license.
According to ISU, Alaska also recognizes the LPN-BSN program. However there IS a relationship between Indiana State University and the College Network. http://www.indstate.edu/lpn-bs/image...isu-lpn-bs.gif
Good luck in your educational endeavors.