What's your opinion about Excelsior Nsg Program?

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How is the program?

Im in Mississippi, does the MS Board of Nursing recognize Excelsior graduate?

jmqphd

jmqphd

212 Posts

I don't know. Check with your state board. I will tell you this... I'm a nurse educator with a couple of two or three degrees. My daughter is an ADN grad from Excelsior. She couldn't get into a brick and mortar school because she majored in boys and sorority in her first crack at college. Her GPA was screwed. But she grew up, got her head together and decided to be a nurse. She also has a learning deficit and probably couldn't sit still for a regular lecture format, so Excelsior was a true blessing.

She is one of the best ER nurses in town. (Not that I'm biased). She hammered her state board exams. 75 items. In-out. Bam! Passed on her first try.

You probably know the drill. You must be employed in a health-care field and you have to have a mentor who will oversee your development of clinical skills. Otherwise, they will provide you all the theory and course materials you need. After you pass all your courses, you go to a centralized location and are evaluated by hard-nosed clinical instructors. If you pass their scrutiny, you get your degree and in most states can sit for the NCLEX.

It is not cheap. But your success is only limited by your drive and intensity.

rshenry

rshenry

73 Posts

It is a great program if you state accepts it. I graduated and passed my boards with 75 questions. I live in California, and can't work here as an RN. I am licensed in Nevada.

tokmom, BSN, RN

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience. 4,568 Posts

I'm a grad from way back. So is my DNS. It's not an easy way to go if you need structure and spoon feeding.

I am curious on what states do not accept and why? Twenty some years ago, the program was a pioneer and brick and morter was the way to go. Now with all the online programs it makes no sense. Insight anyone?

caliotter3

38,333 Posts

Excelsior is a viable option for many who can not get a nursing education otherwise. It is a gamble and some are not successful, but at least those people had the opportunity that was not there before Excelsior.

DogWmn

DogWmn

Specializes in LTC Family Practice. 575 Posts

I'm a grad from way back. So is my DNS. It's not an easy way to go if you need structure and spoon feeding.

I am curious on what states do not accept and why? Twenty some years ago, the program was a pioneer and brick and morter was the way to go. Now with all the online programs it makes no sense. Insight anyone?

I know GA right now doesn't accept Excelsior grads - they used to, Oh and btw, they are now NLN approved and have a very high NCLEX pass rate, better than many brick and morters. BUT as a previous poster stated you must be self motivated. There are many many Excelsior grads on here.

rnlately

rnlately

Specializes in LTC, Acute Care. Has 6 years experience. 439 Posts

Georgia does accept Excelsior but there are additional preceptorship hours that some grads must complete.

arw979

arw979

Has 9 years experience. 46 Posts

Yes, Mississippi does accept Excelsior. Coworker just finished the CPNE and passed Nclex in Feb. this year. I have plans to enroll in May this year with nothing but Nursing exams left to complete.

~KelRN~

~KelRN~

Specializes in LTC, Clinic, Med/Surg, Ortho. Has 4 years experience. 383 Posts

I'm in MS also and yes the board does accept Excelsior. Trust me I've asked a million times..

Excelsior has been a great program. There is a lot of independent studying, but I feel as though it's similar to PN school. Read your chapters! Do the practice test.

This forum is a wealth of information. The people on here are great and there are tons that have gone through Excelsior already and will help in any way they can.

blessnme

blessnme

60 Posts

Thank you all for your help...im will definately be looking into Excelsior.

mrsents

mrsents

6 Posts

How is the program?

Im in Mississippi, does the MS Board of Nursing recognize Excelsior graduate?

I called MBON and they stated the Excelsior is approved HOWEVER; suggested I call the number for higher learning in MS. The lady I spoke to there stated that Excelsior is NOT approved in MS. I am moments away from applying but now I am not sure what to do. Alabama (where I live) does not recognize the school unless you go for your bachelors. I can only go for my associates at the moment and the schools in Mobile are not the greatest. Can anyone in MS or AL help shed some light? I figured Excelsior would be good, I could work still and take my classes later in the day. Then when i was completed I would take by boards in MS and work there since it is only 30 minutes away. Any ideas?

woodsyny

woodsyny, MSN

Specializes in ICU,ER, Radiology, Online education. Has 37 years experience. 636 Posts

I was accepted at excelsior for my BSN,mind you I started with them 15 years towards my BSN and Quit. I had 15 credits with them towards my BSN in nursing classes that they would NOT accept towards my BSN now as 'the curriculum' has changed. Then they won't give me an 'official' transcript review until i 'enroll' which is almost $1000,which really ticked me off. The other BSN nursing programs I have applied to and there have been many would not take any of my BSN nursing classes from excelsior. Pretty disgusted and have narrowed it down to two other schools.

All I have heard from them was 'enroll' first,then we will give you the info you want and see how many credits you really need. in the end to me it was a money thing with them and being they wouldn't accept their own BSN nursing credits spoke volumes to me. My opinion