CLASSICDAME, I CAN'T BELIEVE A HOSPITAL PAYS YOU TO BE SO MISINFORMED!!! Excelsior College is part of the New York State University System and it's nursing program is over 35 years old! Not only is it NLN accredited, it is "Exemplary", is your alma mater "Exemplary" or merely accredited? EC has a very a strict Clincal Performance Exam (CPNE) that is very tough and designed to test the knowledge of potential Graduate Nurses. They offer ASN, BSN and MSN programs. The education is not "Spotty" unless you are "Spotty" as your courses are all done independently. They pass the CLINICAL Rotation minimal hours test in Texas as well as the nation because.....to qualify you must be an LVN/LPN or Paramedic, D.C., DDS, or other qualifying licensed individuals. Therefore, you already have say 900 (Texas) hours of clinical for the average LVN, so Excelsior verifys your license and your experience. BTW, LVNs in Texas almost always have more clinical hours than most ADN, BSN programs, usually around 1000-1200, plus 900-1000 classroom hours crammed into a year or 18 months. EC students must go to one of only a handful of Regionally accredited Testing centers at major hospitals with University affiliations. For instance, I traveled from Texas (Plano and Amarillo are Texas sites) to Racine WI, just to TEST. The Clinical Examiners are FULL TIME INSTRUCTORS for University of Wisconsion, at least when I went. Your are soooooo not informed. So before you further damage the reputation of the hospital you work for any further, please do a little research. You might be surprised how many bosses you have that may be EC grads! I know FNPs and MDs with EC degrees. EC is a college of choice for the US armed forces and a leader in Distance Education. Their NCLEX pass rate surpasses most institutions and only the strong survive. You wont find a better bunch of nurses than EC grads.
LUBBOCK GAL.....welcome to the site, great question....is EC for you....hard to say.I am an Odessa boy and sure miss Taco Villa and the Red Raiders!!! If you are a indepedent learner and don't want to sit in a brick and mortar building for two years...jump on it. The thing you will find about EC is that there is a ton of networking, students helping students, alum helping students and so on. EC is great to work with and the cost IS NOT any more than a traditional college. I should know, I teach for an accredited nursing program. When you add up your tuition, gas, books, lab fees and such, you will run 10-20K at most public schools. I paid around 10K total, in which EC lets you finance part of your fees by spreading them out, plus you pay as you test, not all at once. Pay to register, then pay to test. Please call them and talk to them, the phone call is free. Visit their website www.excelsior.edu
Excelsior College motto..."what you know is more important than where or how you learned it"