Read through the nursing catalog from Excelsior. I don't think you need to be enrolled to take pre-requisite courses like anatomy and micro and english, but the sciences must be taken through Excelsior or an accredited college. Look at geneva college porter learning and clovis community college, I think they might actually be a little cheaper than ec. Davar academy english 103 for Information Literacy is $80, clep human growth will satisfy the life span development $100. ALEKS.com beginning algebra for the math $20. I used studygroup101.com for the nursing courses $10 each. You can apply for financial aid for the conference+exam option or for the online courses. I did all exams. The courses seem to be alot of busy work, papers and discussions and even micro has an essay to do, glad I didn't do courses! You now have to do the teas exam before anything else and you should do your anatomy and micro first or at least review them. Check youtube videos and studygroup101.com and you can save the expense of books. The nursing exams are in 3 phases and you can take the exams in any order as long as it's phase 1 first, then 2. Phase 3 is the focused assessment exams and it is 8 weeks course, no way around it. I've seen people do exams like 1 every week, but you'd really have to buckle down to get through the material. I took 3to 4 weeks for study for each exam. I had no life during the program but I got it done. This is not a shortcut or easy by any means. The current wait time for the clinical is 12 months but is subject to change if they add more testing sites and you can try for a cancellation date, but you have to be ready to test! They give you an outline for all exams and a study guide for clinical. Check studygroup101.com, they have an information page with alot of info and read the nursing catalog. There is a facebook group for studygroup and one called excelsior nursing you might want to join.