Excelsior college completion

  1. Hello all,

    I live in the state of Maryland. I just found out that program (Excelsior) must be completed prior to December 31,2007, if not, the student is ineligible for licensure:angryfire . I would like to know if their is anyone out there that has takens all Nursing concepts 1-7 with in a year. If so, how did you do it?
    Please help!!!
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  3. by   EricJRN
    No doubt some sad news for Maryland students, but finishing by 12/31/07 is very doable. If you took one NC exam per month, that would only take seven months. It might require a lot of your time, but many have done it that fast or even faster.

    One strategy is to schedule the exam, then study for it. Some people work best when they know there is a deadline approaching.

    Best of luck in finishing your degree!
  4. by   RN34TX
    I second the idea that it is very much possible to complete those exams before the deadline.
    I studied for approx. 1 month for each exam in my spare time as a full time working LPN.

    And I am not one of those brainiacs who can read everything once and retain it all for an exam. I struggled through my LPN program so I know that it can be done by the average LPN.

    One question: You say that you need to complete NC 1-7 before the deadline, but what about the CPNE and graduation? Are those under deadlines as well?
  5. by   MusicNurseCarrlee
    Yes, the Nursing Concepts Exams can be completed in a year(or less). I have been able to prepare for each exam in about 4-6 weeks-I used Content Guide with textbooks,Excelsior practice exams,Cliffs Notes,NCLEX Review books & EBay materials.
    I have not yet taken CPNE-the wait is about 8-12 weeks following eligibility Even with a couple of prereqs,a year is a reasonable time frame to complete exams.
  6. by   in2jojo2
    Sunny3429

    I live in Maryland also and just received my letter from Excelsior yesterday with the disappointing news. Completing all of the exams as well as the CPNE should be doable over the next 16 months. I only studied 10 days for the Excelsior Pathophysiology exam I took today and received an "A". So if we study 3-4 weeks for each concept exam, we'll do just fine. Good luck!!!
  7. by   sunny3429
    Hello again,

    This is Sunny3429. I'm sorry I forgot to mention the CPNE, I need to complete that within the time frame also. All of my pre-requisites are done. Thank you all for replying. It just seems like a lot to do in such a short time frame .
  8. by   anticoagulationurse
    Like the others mentioned, it is doable. I worked full time, had 2 prereqs (micro and genrotology) and NC 1-7 and was done with all that in 7 months. I was pretty hairy, and just took over my life for a while. Since then I have been waiting for the CPNE. When I pass that it will have taken me just under a year to do it all. I definitely recommend the Excelsior online Practice tests!

    You can do it!
  9. by   sunny3429
    Thanks for your words of encouragement. I would like to know your study methods. Did you use any study guides ex. College Network, Rue, or Chancellor? I don't know where to begin .Please help!!!!!!!!

    Thanks Sunny
  10. by   hreddevil29
    Hello everyone,

    I just moved to Md from Tx and am working on my Tx license so far. I am not enrolled at excelsior, I just started studying for NC1. Does anyone know if there are ways around the new decision. For instance, if I continue to work on my Tx license here, and don't change my state of residence, could I finish the program, and get licensed in Tx and then just switch it to Md, or is that not allowed? I just don't want to waste my time if Md is just going to deny licensure. does anyone know of any other online LPN to RN schools?
    Thanks
  11. by   RN34TX
    Quote from hreddevil29
    Hello everyone,

    I just moved to Md from Tx and am working on my Tx license so far. I am not enrolled at excelsior, I just started studying for NC1. Does anyone know if there are ways around the new decision. For instance, if I continue to work on my Tx license here, and don't change my state of residence, could I finish the program, and get licensed in Tx and then just switch it to Md, or is that not allowed? I just don't want to waste my time if Md is just going to deny licensure. does anyone know of any other online LPN to RN schools?
    Thanks
    I really didn't find anything on the Maryland Board website addressing these issues, it only addressed student enrollment deadlines and ability to be licensed as new RN's. I didn't see anything that addressed endorsement of an RN license from another state.

    What I do know is that Maryland is part of the interstate licensure compact and that you can work there with a Texas (or other state in the compact) RN license and their decision regarding EC would not affect you.

    However, if you choose to work in Maryland with a TX license, then you must maintain a permanent TX address and declare it as such each time you renew every two years. So if you wanted to live in Maryland full time, I'm not sure how or if that would work for you.

    The rules of the interstate compact are such that the licensee must maintain a license in their "home" state, meaning the state where they consider to be their permanent residence.
  12. by   resqyou35
    Sunny,
    I Started in August 2006 and completed all nursing concepts in under two months and did the CPNE end of March 2007. Now just waiting to get background back from North Carolina and test. I could have done everthing a month or two faster if I had more $$$$. Granted I have a very supportive family and a firefighting job with a great schedule so I could do it as fast as my budget would allow me. If all you need is NC 1-7 and CPNE I think it is possible. Good Luck.
    Yancey
  13. by   txspadequeenRN
    how much did you study for each of these test. i am planing on taking the practice test and if i pass it then i'm taking the real test. i am going to get the free content guides and go over things i'm not strong on. i am fixing to have the money in hand to do the whole program ,so i am going to schedule these test ahead of time. that way i wont be procrastinating. all i need is the concepts plus that information literacy class ...


    Quote from resqyou35
    sunny,
    i started in august 2006 and completed all nursing concepts in under two months and did the cpne end of march 2007. now just waiting to get background back from north carolina and test. i could have done everthing a month or two faster if i had more $$$$. granted i have a very supportive family and a firefighting job with a great schedule so i could do it as fast as my budget would allow me. if all you need is nc 1-7 and cpne i think it is possible. good luck.
    yancey
  14. by   FocusRN
    As for the question on keeping permanent residency in TX (which I would do, for the tax benefits), a lot of retirees that are RVer's, find a place that they like, who has friendly recidency laws like TX, and just get a private mailbox there (not a P.O. Box). Google it. Now with the compact states I think that this would be around the Maryland thing. Become and RN in TX and Endorse. If they don't like it they either have to put rules in place against it (which would make no sense for them to be in the compact then), or let you practice. Either way the way I look at it you're covered. I am not an attorny so you may want to speak to one for clarification of the written laws and rules. I personally wouldn't ask the board about it, b/c they would probably come up with an emergency metting to stop you dead in your tracks, but you may want to ask in a roundabout way.

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