Excelsior College Reviews - Associate in Nursing
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."
Excelsior college is a SCAM!! They did not help me to understand nursing concepts out of their own books. Horrible nursing school they don't care and do not advocate for their nurse students!! STAY AWAY FROM THERE!! They just want money there is no rationales to help you understand your test scores. Horrible!!
Excelsior graduate I have to tell you DO NOT DO THIS PROGRAM! It will take you much longer together program then what they lead you to believe by the time you get a test date you could have gone through Traditional School and then working as a nurse the cost is far more than what they tell you. The final test that you will wait 12 to 15 months for his highly subjective cannot get straight answers out of the school and you will be graded on how the people testing you feel that day not on your knowledge. You'll be failed for doing something one way at one test center and somebody else can do the exact same thing the same way at another testing center and pass. Just try and get a straight answer out of Excelsior about what they expect for the tests look online you'll see multiple examples of Excelsior telling students different things for the exact same question. Their study of videos don't even portray the test accurately if you do it the way they do it in the video you will fail and then they will tell you you should have looked at the study guide and not at the other study material get the study guide is extremely ambiguous. I am in Excelsior graduate and my wife is attempting to finish now. Since she has signed up testing wait times have gone from 6 weeks to 15 months. Don't you do it this program will suck the soul out of you and suck your wallet dry.
College is horrendous. The lure you in with the convenience of an online education, but they nickel and dime you for literally everything. $1,000 here, another $400 here, a last-minute mandatory $700 payment here, etc. by the time I consolidated (and borrowed) all the erroneous monies needed to get my diploma, I realize, in hindsight, that Harvard itself would've been cheaper. I regret every aspect of this school, and the insurmountable costs that was placed on my family because of my enrollment. Not to mention, it took over a YEAR to finally get a date for my CPNE's....and I was still charged for all subsequent fees. Just run away - don't walk...
Well, I did not complete the nursing degree, I failed the CPNE and timed out. I was already on an extension which I waited 11months of to get a test date. I requested another extension and was denied. I was offered to seek another degree as you are not allowed to reapply for nursing for five years. Who has time to just waste with Excelsior, my advice is seek another option that gives you all of the required information up front as well as cost.
Excelsior College ASN/RN is a great option for those that need a non traditional pathway to becoming a nurse. I was a medic and only had to re-take one written exam which was Maternity. The CPNE was challenging but the strategy is to memorize the requirements and perform by the book. In other words, don't bring your bad habits with you and DO IT BY THE BOOK! As far as its acceptability in the workforce, I had zero problems! I know some States have licensing issues so do your research! I was able to continue on with graduate school and obtain a license as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I realize they only accept LPN/LVN, Paramedics and some military medic qualifications but I disagree this program is only suited for them but it is what it is! You have to be a self starter! You have to be disciplined and you have to study and perform by the book! The program is not for everyone. I know a lot of nursing schools have competitive application processes as well as long waiting lists. If you can't get into one I suggest applying to a LPN program and then a traditional LPN to RN program. If you need the flexibility of a non traditional program then consider Excelsior. Just my two cents for what its worth! Good luck!
I received my ASN, Nursing in 1998, and my BS, Liberal Studies in 2012. I only have good things to say about Excelsior. It is a fit for the self-motivated, resourceful, and serious minded-student. If you are the type of individual that can learn on your own, this may be the place for you. Preparing for the CPNE forced me to make sure that I was ready to be on clinical floor. Excellence was the only option. When it was time to complete a Bachelors, Excelsior's allowed me to build on my nursing education and add course work that interested me. I have no regrets. I have found that Excelsior has been consistent in its quality especially in customer service standards while accepting as much credit as possible. It is greatly appreciated.
If you are reading this because your trying to decide to go to this college for nursing degree, DO NOT GO HERE!!!! By the time your done with the courses you will have to wait a whole year more just to take your clinicals and their passing rate is so low it should be reported to the BBB. Save time and money, go somewhere else.
Excelsior College's Associates in Nursing is misleading. Talk about a shortage in nursing, well this school is contributing to the shortage. How? By not being prepared to accommodate students who are at the end of the program and awaiting a CPNE date. The school has not done enough to have sites all over the country that can accommodate students. Because of this many LPNs have missed out on promotion opportunities at work. The CPNE testing is too subjective and it costs thousands. The school will not entertain students' suggestion to come up with an alternative to the CPNE structure such as having you do a certain amount of clinical hours of on the job or volunteering at other institutions and receiving credit. Because the credits are not transferable, you are held hostage in this degree program. Good think some people have bachelors degrees in another field so they can go on a pursue a Masters in a health related field like a health administration or public health. I was satisfied with the school up to this point, and the fact that they are inflexible makes matters worse. The nursing program should not be accredited by the ACEN because it does not meet the needs of students.