Would Excelsior or Indiana Wesleyan University be a good choice for me?

  1. As you may have seen in some of my other posts, I am a current "pre-nursing" student at a community college in Kansas. My husband is in the Army and we are stationed at Fort Leavenworth. I am 29 credits away from graduating with my pre-nursing degree, 15 of those credits, I begin on Wednesday. So, just two more semesters left for me there. Unfortunately, my husband and I will not be in Kansas long enough for me to continue onto the ASN program that the school offers. There is a waiting list, the program runs about 1.5 to 2 years, etc. We are set to move back home in April of 2015, when his contract is up. Any way, I don't want to have to wait to finish my schooling and become a nurse.I am doing the summer semester, so I don't want to be out of school from August 2013 to April 2015. I have student loans and a family to help support.

    Therefore, I was exploring other options. That is how I came across Excelsior and their ADN program online and Indiana Wesleyan University and their BSN program online. I did do some research on both schools.

    Some people based the school, saying that it is too expensive for exam fees, too much traveling for exams, not accepted everywhere, etc. However, other people praised the school saying that it only cost $6,000, they never had a problem getting a job, it worked around their schedule since it is online, etc. I just need to hear more and get more information. I tried calling the school and couldn't get past their automated system this late at night. I will try again tomorrow. Until then, I will keep research.

    There wasn't much information on the BSN program that I thought matched my needs. Unless I am wrong and there is only an RN-BSN route. I just thought that there was a BSN online program as well. Is that right? Just like Excelsior, I will call IWU tomorrow.

    Any way, what is your opinion on the school/s? Did you go there, did you consider going there and changed your mind, do you know someone who went there, etc.?

    I am a mother and an Army wife. With that said, life can get tough between the traveling, time away, etc. Therefore, I am trying to make ends meet and finally get my career. I appreciate any feedback! Thank you so much!
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  3. by   Pixie.RN
    Excelsior is not a prelicensure program. There are admission requirements: Admission Requirements for Associate Degree in Nursing Programs - excelsior.edu

    Basically, you need to be a licensed or certified healthcare provider of some sort due to the nature of the program. Best of luck finding something that works for you!