Excelsior College Reviews
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The college was excellent for me. Military life and parenting are time consuming, and this school is flexible, allowing you to complete assignments with access to support and tools while working. There are of course still deadlines and reading assignments, papers, projects, etc., but it's doable and I still feel as if I earned a degree and worked hard, coming out smarter than when I entered. It's what you make it.
This college DOES let you know that wait times for CPNE are estimates. They could use more testing locations. This is a self study/paced program. This type of program isn't for every type of student. The CPNE could use modification. The college offers 1 day hands on seminar, but the cost is high in my opinion, and almost always requires travel and accommodation costs on top of that. I would recommend the college offer 3-day skills prep days, at the cost of the 1 day, on a quarterly. Overall, the college has been prompt and helpful when I have had questions.
"Passing" is equivalent to "winning" lottery ticket. It has already been determined whether you will win a degree before you go to the "clinical". Whether you "pass" is determined by your ability to sell the College Network and Excelsior College to other people who believe you can "win" a degree. All clinical nursing programs leading to employment require clinical experience which is not a characteristic of Excelsior College. Also, most RN employers require a positive recommendation from a clinical instructor who has oberved you BEFORE HIRE. Go to an in-state program with clinical hours. Find a mentor.
Please note that many of the poor reviews for this college are by individuals who are failing, or have already failed out from the RN CPNE program. I would not personally ever recommend this school for that program, because nursing requires a more structured hands-on approach. However, for rn to bsn and msn degrees, i can say that my experience has been excellent for both. Advisors are very helpful, respond quickly, the professors are knowledgeable, and the online classes are well structured.
Worst school experience ever! From no clinical instruction to no help with preparing for the clinical exam (yes, one needs to seek outside help, and it is a HUGE 3 day exam besides, which costs over $2,000 each time attempted!) plus all the lies in addition to this, don't do it...Colossal waste of time, energy, and money!!
Run. Do not stop and pass go with this school. Please do your research. Their nursing program has a horrible pass rate. This college continues to lie on their website about their pass rates. Their are over 80 students presently during this school. I am one of them. The CPNE passed have only started to happen since october of 2018. You can also see this on their website. They do not tell you that their pass rate prior to October was like 30%... this is horrible. I spent over 30,000 and numerous years at this school just to be failed at my CPNE by a male who sexually harassed me. I also was failed by misdirection on part of the CE. I was cheated out of time by the lack of adequate preparedness of my exam by the staff. I wrote my appeal and won. So the college do accept responsibility for their actions. I have decided not to return to this fraudulent school. I personally took the courses and passed everyone one of them. This was not the problem. Excelsior college makes the CPNE so hard to pass that it is impossible to complete it. I can not comments on the ways they fail others. I can talk just about myself. Please if you can google the case bellow and read for your self please. I am now at another college who has fair practices. They care about their student and want us to pass. Do not be fooled by the cleaver advertising. This college is being sued presently and has been sued many times by students for unfair trade practices/fraud. I would hate to see another nursing student be in the same position I and so many others are in. I do not recommend this school. I pray this school gets shut down. The fraud and deceptive advertising has to stop. It is not okay to to this to people. Please do your research. Being in a nurse is the most important thing to me. What to personally attest that this college is not the only option! There are so many institutions that provide quality education. God bless.
So, I have gone most of the way through this program, I have my last test to take and complete the FTCA, then I was supposed to be able to take my CPNE within 3 months. Which is what I was told by the advisor when I was deciding on which program to take. Now I am told the w as it time is no earlier than a year. This is false advertising and unexceptable.
I have to say that I received an excellent education at Excelsior College. The cost was much cheaper. A co worker finished quicker than I did but paid $60,000.00 and I paid $20,000.00. I learned so much. The teachers were so helpful when you had a question. All in all I probably will return for my MSN.
They are amazing working with the military. They have clear expectations and are willing to accept CLEP as well as DSST examinations which is a huge help time-wise and financially. They were very clear with communication and that has not stopped as I have progressed into a masters program. I have been been accepted to the University of Oregon as an MBA candidate while also pursuing my MBA at excelsior. The advisors are very helpful ensuring that courses at the University of Oregon match their expectations to complete requirements as long as the student in proactive in communicating with their advisors. The advisors are top notch. They respond quickly and let me know exactly what I need to do in order to meet my goals. They have made higher education accesible to me as active and ex military and have let me manage my time at my will while pursuing higher education. Fantastic experiences for both under grad and grad school (in progress). Would 100% reccomend.
I should have graduated in 2016. Unfortunately this school enjoys failing nurses during their final clinical experience so they can make more money when you are forced to pay $2,400 + travel expenses to repeat the test. This things they fail you for are a complete joke! Pulses and blood pressures are 2 examples that they use often. They will say they got a different reading than you and then you fail that individual experience. My recommendation would be to go to a "real" school, you will actually learn there. At Excelsior you have to teach yourself everything cause the teachers do not teach.