Excelsior College Reviews - Associate in Nursing

2.44 out of 5 stars
(82 Reviews)
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
40% of 82 students said this degree improved their career prospects
41% of 82 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
KN - 7/10/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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...."
4.3 out of 5 stars
KN - 7/10/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Carrie - 6/24/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Brittany - 6/16/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"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."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Alfred B. LPN - 5/30/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2018
"I had studied hard for the 4 years( 7 years in total), passed all theory exams at first attempt, after the long waiting game and " finito la comedia" - I had failed one and only chance of CPNE( of course I am human and my nerves gave-up in this pre-planned event). This program should be closed to avoid the future victims, please."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Devania - 5/29/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"I usually don't write reviews but I had to write a review after seeing all these bad ones. This has been the best decision for my career. I was able to transfer in all my outside credits and complete the rest of the credits in one year which included the 8 core classes. Someone said they only were allowed to take one class per 8 week? I have been able to take 2. That is about 4 classes per semester. The recommended 1 class per 8 week term is simply because it is a lot of self study. The professors do not grade very easily because they are preparing you for the real world. If you are not an independent learner it may not be the school for you. If you are an independent worker, then all you have to do is one dicussion question and 1 quiz per week for 8 weeks per class. It goes by very fast. The questions force you to think like a nurse and learn how to develop care plans. 2 of those quizzes are replaced by a midterm exam and a final exam. If you ask me it was very convenient, i maintained my full time job and i am a single mom, and it was swift and I recommend to any one who is not a complainer and able to work and learn independently."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Biff - 5/28/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"This is the worst experience of my life. I have a prior BA and am a Paramedic, so I decided to go to EC because they promised a ton of transfer credits, and a paramedic "bridge." This is not what they advertise or claim. You have to complete a nursing core that has discussion posts, quizzes, and 2 exams per course. These quizzes and tests pick randomly from a massive database of questions. They're designed to trick you. You'll also be lucky if 10% of the content is covered in your text. You have no help from faculty. You're left to your own devices to decide what content is important, and what isn't. You get 1 week to read HUNDREDS of medical/nursing textbook content pages, and have to somehow remember random facts and statistics. It's not feasible. It's not realistic. It's not appropriate. If I make it to the CPNE I will do their dance and get out. I hope this review helps at least one person avoid this joke of a school."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Kaylee - 5/9/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"So I started this school in February of 2017 with the intent to graduate within a year (as the school advertised). 25 months later I finally was able to finish my core nursing classes (8 courses and 2 exams) and am patiently waiting to take the CPNE exam. With the core classes I was not able to take more than one class at a time per 8 week semester. Once I finished, I had to upload an application for the CPNE and was told it will be a year wait before I can even take the exam which is far different from the 3-5 months I was told for the 2 years I was in nursing school. I have been trying to upload the CPNE application for the last month and have been having difficulty due to the requirements they are asking for such as needing everything to be a jpg, jpeg, whatever file they request and cannot use pdf (however I learned today that they change everything over to pdf on their end anyway). My application has been denied twice because they "didn't have my TB test" when I have uploaded it every time with the CPNE application. I am still patiently waiting for them to accept my application as it takes 10 business days to review every time the application is rejected. The Health Care Report is the only issue I have encountered thus far due to a "missing" TB test. Once I finish my CPNE I will have been at this school for 3 years. I should have just gone through a traditional program, owing to the fact that the CPNE is a $2,300 exam every attempt and has a 50% pass rate. And on that note, you also essentially have to teach yourself as the homework you do is not nearly enough to help you retain all this information. I do not recommend this nursing program to anyone."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Stanley Walter - 4/29/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"Excelsior College Associate degree program is a real scam!!! They do not have even faculty to accommodate CPNE students. You should be really lucky , if you pass Clinical Exam (CPNE) in first chance. I wish to say, Clinical Examiner (some of them ) are nasty. They would distract and pick on simple things such as verified wrist band for name and dob, but did not said that loud, curtain was not closed completely to provide privacy, called last name instead of asking favorite name. I failed first CPNE and waited 18 months to get a cancellation. I glad I have made it!! I have ADN after 7 years. I lost five years of my career because for EC stupidity. I have saved 5 students, however, some learn in hard way. Stay away from Excelsior College Nursing Program. I would never never go back to EC for any of advanced studies. You would learn several reality when you reach Nursing and Clinical. None of the Colleges accept online EC program in NY except Pre- requisites. Good luck!!"
4.5 out of 5 stars
Ivan - 3/28/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2005
"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."