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Great curriculum and faculty! The diversity of topics offered was similar to other schools within the middle-states commission, and very similar to GW's public health curriculum. I was hired in a very competitive public health outreach job due to this degree. I have found the education i gained to be priceless. The classes were challenging and required active participation. If you want to coast through some online classes with little effort then choose a different school. Also, most negative reviews seem to be focused on the Nursing program.
Btw, I posted something relevant earlier, but to add to this...if you look at the negative reviews, half of the people responding have not even mastered English. "Don't waist your time", and, "this program ain't wurth it.". I mean seriously....seriously....
I don't know what to say to people who didn't pass the CPNE other than you didn't study long enough or hard enough. Once I became eligible, I signed up for a workshop. Then, I watched every video and practiced with all of the materials and created my mnemonics. If you waited until you got a date, or rushed to fill a cancelled spot, then you'll fail. Don't blame the school for your poor planning. Get your nerves in check, your skills in order and do the work. I passed because I prepared. That simple.
I was an lpn. I applied for the associate degree in nursing, went through all the courses and took the cpne. I passed on the first time and i've been nursing every since. I am now in the bachelor's program for nursing and its going very well. Best decision i ever made.
This program is designed for those who are strong independent learners. I finished in just over 2 years that includes a 12 month wait fie the CPNE. The CPNE is very challenging, but the CE and CA want you to pass. They were very supportive over my weekend. You get out what you put in. I found it worked well with my lifestyle and was a much better for than a traditional school. You just have to k ow your stuff and be confident in your skills.
My experience with Excelsior was really good. Excelsior took all my credits and applied them to my Bachelor's Degree. My student advisors were excellent, except they changed often which was a bit frustrating at times. I did have one little snafu, however the advisor was quick to get my issue resolved and get me back on track without any glitches. The hardest part of the program was the Capstone. Thank goodness they have it in a 15-week program otherwise I could have never done it. I don't think I ever would have graduated if I would have had to do an 8-week version. It was very labor intensive. I did learn a lot from all the classes I took and 99.9% of the instructors were exceptional. I did have one instructor for 3 different classes because of my Health Science Area of Focus, she was the best professor I have ever had. Most of the instructors were very engaged and helpful. I did a lot of research, writing and know APA quite well having had big assignments but the topics were chosen by me and interesting to me. As hard as the research and writings were, I know that I came out of those assignments learning more than I could have ever imagined. Since Excelsior has a lot of military and mature people in the school, I felt that the learning environment was intellectually deep. Life experience sure put some topics in perspective. The Capstone, as much as I did not like the class, was the class that I really felt connected to my classmates. We all worked well together and the discussion board was a plethora of information. I found that us students helping our fellow students quite refreshing. Overall, I worked very hard and felt that it was a great option for me. I can see where this type of school might not be suited for everyone. If anyone thinks that Excelsior is easy, it is not. But for those who take pride in their education and work hard, it will pay off. I am confident that I will be able to approach my Master's degree with confidence thanks to what I learned at Excelsior.
For the working professional, Excelsior College is a great place to not only further your career, but learn from other working professionals around the world. The ability to take work experience, industry certifications, and continuing education, and convert them to relevant credits in pursuit of a degree is another advantage of attending Excelsior College, who is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education - the same governing body that provides accreditation to schools such as Columbia, NYU, and Cornell among others. But in addition to this, you will be afforded the opportunity to interact with students with varying backgrounds, knowledge bases, and experiences who live and work in different parts of the globe - some of whom are overseas military members, government employees and/or contractors, and their family members. Interacting and forming relationships with your fellow students can not only open your eyes to others' ways of doing things, but can also help you develop your own critical thinking skills. The coursework at Excelsior is challenging, the material is current and relevant, and putting in the right amount of effort will make the college experience worthwhile.
I learned a lot at Excelsior college, however all of a sudden I got slammed with an SSAF (Student Services Annual Fee) bill of $560 plus a plus a $75 dollar student reactivation fee? Seriously? The reasoning is, that I did not take the required amount of credits in a year. My question: What Student Services did I receive? No one has answered my email. I had two more classes left. Life happens... and this is truly exploitation for the almighty $$$. On top of the outrageous "graduation" payment they require. This is an online school. Where is this money going? They are non-profit right?This college is primarily made up of Veterans.To bilk extra dollars from people especially Veterans is sincerely disgraceful!!
Would not recommend this school to anyone!!!! Have been working towards my RN since 2014 at this school and still have nothing to show for it. Was on the wait list for 2 years for my CPNE which I failed. You are expected to come up with care plans for your patient's, however if they don't like how you worded something or like an intervention you used, which came from a nursing diagnosis book, you automatically fail. The CA is a doctor and expects you to work at a doctorate level. All they want is your money and to make you keep paying to retake these tests.
This school allowed me to finish what I started years ago. I am so happy that I found Excelsior College and it wasn't easy to find. With so many online schools I chose Excelsior because they allowed me to transfer credits from my local state school, gave me a grade structure which allows me to possibly apply for masters programs, and overall, allowed me to get back in the game. I dropped out of my last school due to not being happy with my major, I thought I lost my life, not knowing which direction to take. I decided to go back and Excelsior was the best choice I made to change the course of my life. Don't hesitate to research this school, I initially thought how overwhelming it would be to have to contact a college again and get situated, but Excelsior staff responded to everything within a 24 hour period or even faster. I have absolutely no complaints. It's too bad the school's reputation is being shown a negative light because of nursing student's. I can assure you the Business part of the school is amazing! The classes are difficult but if you are willing to invest in your life, you will do well. Good luck!