excelsior college and rueed - online program - page 2
hi, i just want to ask your help if anyone of you heard or went to the above online school for nursing. They have an LPN to RN fast track program for 9 months and although im a nursing student... Read More
Oct 22, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Nov '99; Posts: 2,950; Likes: 619I am working on my BSN the program is quite different than the ADN program.
Excellsior exams cover the life span therefore you will not take a med/surg exam, a peids exam an OB, exam or a psyc exam.
You have something like 5 written exams in the ADN program. One is on professional development. It might be a good one to take first.
The others cover a broad area like lungs cardiac GI and test you on this for both peids and adult, and pregnancy.
Then another might test on growth and develpment psyc and say muscular.
These are just examples as I do not have the exact outline of the exams. The point is you will be studying concepts and body systems as they apply to all people. Pregnant people, children and babies, adults, elderly etc. The pharm is incorporated though out every test. So if you are working on one that test for psyc you must look at how this applies to pregnancy as well as other things. Same with cardiac etc.
They give you an exact blueprint of the exam and you can ask as many questions as you need of them to help you understand exactly what you need to know for any given test.
To answer your question I do not have another BS or BA. But I do have a very broad and indepth education in several areas sans the degree. I have been essentially a life long student and am 51.
I have studied as little as 4 weeks on one I already felt very confident in.
Generally I play it by ear and take 2-3 months. It just depends on my confidence level.
I have heard that you can go through the ADN exams a bit faster than the BSN.
I think the management one I will finish in less than 2 months.Last edit by Agnus on Oct 22, '02
Oct 22, '02Occupation: LPN Joined: Sep '01; Posts: 227; Likes: 5Originally posted by Agnus
Jude, the first exam is the scarriest. After two exams I knew how the tests worked and I knew just about exactly what to expect for questions.
It is a little like NCLEX sometimes it seems like the question is testing you on one thing and is really getting at something else. Just read them carefully, allow yourself the whole time even though your won't likely take the whole time.
On about my 3rd or 4th exam I promised to go to work by a certain time after the exam. I always never took more than 1 and half hours so I was going back to work after 2 and half hours.
I rushed through this should have been an easy exam. I did not recheck my answers. I did not read carefully and got my only B. I did not do that on the next exam and still fininshed in under 2 hours but got my usual A. this was a harder subject for me too.
The good thing is you know your test results before you leave the test site. So you can go celebrate right after. How great is that?
That remindes me I've got to schedule my next exam.
Thank you for your support and info regarding Excelsior exams. I am very nervous about them but feel that once I have one or two under my belt, I will get the hang of it. I didn't realize that you get your grade(s)right after taking the exam. That's cool!! LOL, well, I suppose if you pass it's good. I will let you know how I do, wish me luck
Jul 17, '09Occupation: Long Term Care & Rehab Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in LTC, Home, & Adult Health Acute Care ; Joined: Jul '09; Posts: 1I recently purchased the first book from Rue and have been working towards the test. I came across an article online that prompted me to look more into Rue and the possiblity of going right through Excelsior. I got all the way through to the last semester in our local college of the ADSN nursing pathway and twice managed to get through the 2nd test and fell below passing. I've covered most of the material in alot of the books that appear to be part of Excelsiors requirements but am still trying to decide which is the better option for me to finish. Rue told me I have 6 courses to complete all requirements. I read in the article that Rue tells you one thing and Excelsior has their own entirely different list of courses in addition to the ones they say you need and that there are many hidden costs that Rue doesn't tell you about. Is anyone out there that can help me to make the better choice? Going back to the traditional college would be more expensive and require me to retake a semester I've already completed so I am not considering that, and my loans need to be kept to a minimum.
Jul 17, '09Occupation: CRRN, now a case management RN Specialty: Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych ; From: US ; Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 38,032; Likes: 69,261Moved to the Distance Learning forum. Good luck to you!
Also keep in mind that this discussion is 7 years old.
Jul 17, '09Occupation: Neuroscience Staff Nurse Specialty: Psych, LTC, Acute Care ; From: US ; Joined: Aug '07; Posts: 1,853; Likes: 970Quote from vickijo39vickie,i recently purchased the first book from rue and have been working towards the test. i came across an article online that prompted me to look more into rue and the possiblity of going right through excelsior. i got all the way through to the last semester in our local college of the adsn nursing pathway and twice managed to get through the 2nd test and fell below passing. i've covered most of the material in alot of the books that appear to be part of excelsiors requirements but am still trying to decide which is the better option for me to finish. rue told me i have 6 courses to complete all requirements. i read in the article that rue tells you one thing and excelsior has their own entirely different list of courses in addition to the ones they say you need and that there are many hidden costs that rue doesn't tell you about. is anyone out there that can help me to make the better choice? going back to the traditional college would be more expensive and require me to retake a semester i've already completed so i am not considering that, and my loans need to be kept to a minimum.
forget what rue says, they are a publishing company that cannot give you a degree. you need to contact excelsior college directly and either download their nursing catalog or have them to send it to your home.
address: phone number: email address:
excelsior college 1-888-647-2388 www.excelsior.edu
7 columbia circle
albany, ny 12203-5159
call them to get the facts. also don't forget that ec is not accepted in all states and some states have restrictions. good luck!