I have issues with this. I'm sorry but Excelsior isn't for "people who fail out of traditional nursing school"! You have to have a health care degree before you can enter the program; either a Paramedic, an LPN/LVN, Respiratory Therapist or Licensed Midwife. If you happened to take some traditional nursing school classes after that but didn't continue - they DON'T transfer. You still have to take all of the regular ADN classes, the focused clinical exam and the professional nursing exam. Its HARD. Don't let anyone fool you, the program has a 40% pass rate - because its HARD. Unlike traditional nursing school, where you have an instructor telling you what to read, how to prepare for the test etc, you are given a list of books, a list of subjects and thats it. You have to learn it ALL because any of it can be on the test. We may not have traditional clinicals - but again you come into the program with a degree already in healthcare. You are expected to have most of the skills already, and teach yourself the rest either through workshops or on the job you are currently working. If you fail one item on the performance exam, you take it over at a huge cost (2500$ for the exam alone, nevermind hotel, travel, stress etc.). The NCLEX pass rate for those who make it through the program and the performance exam is 99%. SO please stop perpetuating the fallacy that Excelsior is for rejects from traditional school. It is just another option, for those of us who cannot spend 5 days a week sitting in class because we have to support our families, or already have good jobs and are just adding to those skills.