Excelsior College Reviews - Associate in Nursing
I was accepted into a traditional brick and mortar school with two of my room mates. Two of us, self included, were paramedics. Went to the first orientation day and felt I would be wasting my time. Enrolled in Excelsior and finished six months before they did. Was immediately hired into the ICU and long story short, now have my DNP and have been a nurse practitioner since 2009 and earn excellent money. It all started with Excelsior. For the record, I received my CPNE date rather quickly and passed on the first try with no repeats. The CPNE was stressful, and I will admit you must be organized and self motivated.
I graduated from Excelsior college a long time ago. Since that time I have earned my BSN from another university, and currently am in a MSN program. I would never, ever in a million years recommend Excelsior to ANYONE. I started the program in 2001. I flew through the online classes and had excellent grades. The classes took me less than a year to complete. Then I waited 12 months for the FIRST CPNE. That I failed due to BP and heart rate discrepencies with the instructior, and them saying I did not check a patients name band before giving medications (this was false). Then i waited another 14 montsh and paid another 2,400 dollars for the second CPNE. This one I failed as well. becasue the instructor said i did not wash my hands before entering a patient room, and for again the instructor saying her blood pressure reading was different than mine. I had been an LPN in an Emergency room for years before this, and I assure you, i know how to check a blood pressure. Finally another 12 montsh later, came the third CPNE, which I passed. Had I not passed, I would have been kicked out of school. all that time and money wasted. I worked with 4 other nurses who went to excelsior college, and all had the same experince of failing the CPNE at least once. My total wait time for the CPNE exams was 12+12+14 months. Over three years waiting for a test. I wish I had gone to a different school. I could have earend my BSN in the time I spent waiting. I have directed at least 10 students to avoid this school based on my experience and other reviews I have shown them. I am sending this review now, over 10 years after graudation, and additional education on my part to warn others of the complete scam. Google the class action law suits agains Excelsior. They exist. Stay away. Please trust the CPNE reviews. it is a total money maker for them. do the math.....
The LPN to RN program is a waste of money. If you are a working LPN do not fall for this scam of a program. They promise you a quick way to go to nursing school while working and it is not that easy. Once you complete your classes you will spend two years waiting to go to the Clinicals. I warn you they do not tell you that. The pass rate is alot lower then what they advertise. THey lie in there advertising. I would give them ZERO stars, but unfortunately it makes me select one star.
I took the online classes, finished them quickly, passed them the first time. Then the school made me wait a year to take the CPNE. I had to travel out of state to a hospital in TX. It was half empty, creepy and the instructors were rude. I felt uncomfortable, was very nervous and failed (along with the other students). I waited a few months to recover from the shock of failing and paid again for a second round. A year is coming around again, and I still don't have a date. This is torture and I would not recommend this school to any LPN. I don't understand the other comments that said they were tested in a timely manor. I will have to live with this experience for the rest of my life.
The nurses in clinical were rude. There is no support and ever increasing prices. I recommend that you stay away from them and go to a regular college. This is nothing but a scam. They are out for money only and they could care less about students.
This school is a fraud. After you complete your nursing courses, they make you wait approximately 16 months to take a clinical exam ( CPNE). This exam after you take it 3 times has a pass rate of 63%. Do not waist your money. They do not explicitly tell you the information on their website.
I enjoyed my one year of studying for ADN program.The courses were difficult at first but after the second module it was much easier. I failed the CPNE and i passed the second time around. Today I am very proud that I didn't give up. My best friend and I started the same day. I finished within one year and it took her two years at a local college. Please keep up the good work.
MY EXPERIENCE WAS GREAT. I WAS AN LPN WORKING IN A HOSPITAL. TO GAIN EXPERIENCE I WOULD WORK DIFFERENT AREAS OF THE HOSPITAL. OB. PEDS. PSYCH. MEDICAL SURGICAL AND ORTHOPEDICS.. THIS PROGRAM IS NOT FOR SOMEONE WITHOUT ACCESS TO HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE. THE INSTRUCTORS WERE VERY HELPFUL.I PASSED THE CLINICAL EXAM MY FIRST ATTEMPT.AT THE TIME OF MY GRADUATION THE SCHOOL NAME WAS UNIV.OF NEW YORK REGENTS. I WORKED FULL TIME AND AM VERY THANKFUL FOR THIS PROGRAM. THE ADVISORS WERE VERY HELPFUL. I CONTINUE TO WORK FULL TIME .
I am very pleased with my experience with Excelsior College. I first used Excelsior to go from LPN to ASN. I was so satisfied that when I was ready to pursue my BSN, I returned to Excelsior. The program is difficult, but any online self directed program requires self discipline and determination. I enjoyed my experience at the weekend clinical exam. Yes, it has a very low pass rate. I knew that going in and did my research. I was well prepared, and did not have any difficulty. Dont do this program unless you are committed to put in a lot of work on your own, but if you are, the resources are there and it is a very rewarding experience. I would highly recommend the program for those ready to make the commitment.
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.