I am not the one you asked the question of but I can't resist answering. First question: Was it as easy as it seemed? The short answer is; NO. To be totally honest, self studying, no direction from a professor, no one telling you when an assignment is due, traveling to a testing site to sit for 130 question exam that is worth 3 college credit, going through 3 DAYS of hell where you either pass or fail...no clinical instructor holding your hand and giving you a grade of A, B, or C just PASS/FAIL. If it seems easy it's only because the advertisements blasted at you are telling you "get your RN in 12-18 months without going to college" and "you are doing the same work as an RN, why not get paid for it,. you already have the knowledge" Excelsior is HARD work. Second question: Is it worth it? The short answer is YES! To be more specific, you study when you want, go at the pace you want, skip any areas that might be boring review, being the master of your own fate and KNOWING you gained this knowledge on your own makes it all worth it. Most of us going through(and those that have finished) could not have gone the traditional route because of family/work obligations, and life in general. Excelsior gets a bad rap in many forums because it is HARD not because it's easy. If the idea of the good of the program outweighs what you might consider bad then it's worth a try. You can take two of the nursing theory exams without enrolling and putting out a ton of money. The most you will be out of us the cost of some study material and the $275 for each exam. This will give you an idea of whether it's for you.