Excelsior College Reviews - Associate in Nursing
Do not try it. It is scam. Money pit. They keep coming up with ways to charge more money. They only have a 60% pass rate and this includes people who have tried again and again. Anything is better than trying this route. Take my advise. They are hands down the most difficult people I've ever dealt with.
This school is nothing but a scam. All of the "nursing classes" are basically just discussions boards. I should have known it was too good to be true..nursing isn't supposed to be easy, but I found those classes to be a breeze and was not at all prepared for the CPNE. The CPNE is the most ridiculous thing I have ever experienced and I learned absolutely nothing from it. What I can tell you is you will be failed for such small details that aren't related to nursing in any way shape or form. This school (which I don't even think they deserve to be a school) literally takes money from you. I had to wait over a year to take my CPNE even after I finished all of the classes online. I made a huge mistake coming here, as I had other options. DO NOT give this school a dime. For nursing , go to a traditional program where you will have instructors that push you and teach you to be the best nurse you can be. This school is a bunch of cons and I mean that with every bone in my body.
Terrible experience - there is no teaching involved and the "tests" you take measure test taking skills, not learning. When you finally get to the CPNE (the practical), you have to wait about 14 months for a test date. The pass rate is about 58%, and that only if you pay many dollars to private teachers who teach how to 'game' Excelsior's system. Again it isn't learning nursing, it is memorizing tiny details unrelated to actual nursing. I would strongly recommend a 'brick-and-mortar' school that actually teaches nursing.
The most dishonest bunch of thieves. This is not what nursing is about and they taught me nothing. The only thing they really taught was how to come up with strategies for them not to fail you on NON nursing issues. Everything I learned was from a nursing workshop NOT excelsior. Please do not go here!
This was the most unethical experience I have ever had with those who call themselves "nurses" and at that, I am talking about master degree nurses. The examiners I had at this place were dishonest, driven by money and did nothing more than to follow the leader to secure their own jobs with no regard for students of good moral character. How does one judge the difference between those characters if one is rotten to the core, dishonest and continues the pattern? Would not go here if just one honest person wrote it the way it is.
If I had a choice between a traditional classroom Nursing school I would have chosen that over Excelsior College Online. But since I worked full time, Excelsior was my only option for the associate nursing program. I passed CPNE my first attempt, I got most B's in my classes. The course work seemed easy but I learned little and it did not prepare me very well for the NCLEX. I was enrolled into ATI NCLEX, but I feel Excelsior could have placed a lot more emphasis on NCLEX. But then again, I was focused on CPNE. So it was an overall okay experience. Definitely not the best, but not too terrible. I do have to say after seeing all these reviews about how bad it is. I think it's because they didn't pass.
Would not recommend this school to even my worse enemy. Terrible experience. They lie to you, telling you that it is self paced. Yeah getting your 7 nursing classes are self paced, but then you have to wait a lifetime for your CPNE. I managed to pass on my first attempt after waiting 9 months, but then you still are not done with their BS. They hit me with $600 of "graduation fees" 5 days before I graduated and if I didn't pay, I didn't graduate. I didn't even go!!! I paid so much money to this awful school and I wasn't even prepared when I was an actual nurse in my unit. It was embarrassing and stressful. PLEASE DON'T GO HERE! This place needs to be shut down.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Excelsior will take your money and lead you to believe that their CPNE final exam is passable with just THEIR study guide and incorrect videos. The truth is, you will need to spend ADDITIONAL MONEY for OUTSIDE workshops just to understand how to fill out the paper work for your clinical exam and write care plans IN THEIR WORDS ONLY and perform the areas of care to 100% perfection. there is absolutely no room for error. You will not be allowed to deviate one single word, if they don't accept your care plan, BOOM you fail and don't get in the patient's room. You must perform labs to 100% their way, yet their videos demonstrating these labs show mistakes. THIS PROGRAM should not even be accredited or accepted by any state board. Their curriculum is substandard, students are given a study guide and that is about it. sure you can contact an advisor and get an ambiguous answer. Their curriculum is structured in such a way that you are TEACHING YOURSELF TO BE AN RN. Is that what you want? The program needs a shakedown. Avoid them.
Avoid like the plague! Don't even start the program which is expensive long before ever get to Clinical Performance weekend. Then, once you get to CPNE, $2295 nonrefundable fee first of course, you will be failed. Deliberately. Fabricated pulse rates, b/p discrepancies, oxygen mishaps and even as ridiculous as gelling your hands where it's not even a safety issue. In my entire academic career, I've never been so disappointed in a "professional program". Excelsior College, YOU FAILED!! You failed ethics, professionalism and honesty code of nursing. Shame on you and your deceptive, fraudulent practices. All for $2300 ?!? Give us our PASS PAPERS WE'VE BUSTED A** FOR!
Worst experience ever. Excelsior will frequently add on additional classes to extend the time it takes to complete your degree. I made the mistake of completing everything and paying the $4000 for their required "weekend clinical." After waiting/studying for 15 months and traveling more than 1000 miles, I was failed with every other student in my CPNE (0% pass rate) before noon on the first day. They will then charge you another $4000 for each attempt to retake their "clinical." I was on the paid waiting list for that first clinical for almost as long as it would take to finish the complete program at a brick and mortar school. Some states won't allow you to take your nursing boards if you're an Excelsior graduate. I am glad I discovered this prior to spending another $4000 to gamble again with their "clinical."