Excelsior College Reviews of Associates in Nursing

  • 76 Reviews
  • Albany (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
36% of 76 students said this degree improved their career prospects
39% of 76 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Associates in Nursing

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  • Reviewed: 5/5/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"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..."
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2017
  • Degree: Nursing
"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!"
Hannah Vogel
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
Biggest Mistake
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"This college could care less about your education or success; they're only concern is how long you are going to pay them money. I waited over a year and half for a clinical conformation date after finishing the online portion, and received a $500 "annual fee" each additional year of waiting. This was by far the biggest waste of time and disappointment."
Nursing Grad
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I graduated from the RN program years ago. I don't know if they improved their clinical system, but I can tell you that it is no different than most money hungry schools. They had a one weekend clinical where most people fail. If you fail you have to pay thousands of dollars just to take the clinical over again. I was an LPN and had a lot of clinical experience prior to taking this "clinical" two day test. They get paid to find fault in the dumbest things. Things that are not practical in the real world. They actually have incentive to fail most students on their first try. Out of 10 students that weekend, only two of us passed. Prior to this I learned that this is a common practice so I was nervous going into it. I only did it because it suited my schedule. An outside advisory company told me that I should get my associates in applied science, stating that it would cut three coursed that I wouldn't need. Thank god because it saved me a lot of money. You don't think any advisors at the school would have looked out for my best interest do you? If you don't mind gambling, by all means take a chance. Otherwise, go to a reputable school that has a good clinical evaluation system. Don't believe me? Read some online clinical reviews about Excelsior."
Waste of time
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am a current Excelsior student and I very highly do not recommend this nursing program and once started you can not transfer your credits elsewhere. At least not anywhere that I have found. The courses are mediocre at best. The teachers all seem lovely though. I have continuously had to take 8 weeks off due to there guidelines of not starting a new phase in a new semester due to their trimesters. They prolong the time you need to be in their schooling and EVERYTHING has a waiting list. I was originally told as an LPN I was granted the ability to test out of specific nursing courses. In reality it is NOT a bridge program like they compare it to and you are only cleared from one course. Initially I was told that the CPNE was easy to apply for once classes were complete and had a minimal wait time. Now as I progress I am being informed that the wait for a CPNE at minimum is at least a year after all course completion. Keep in mind it is very expensive to take and if you are unable to pass the first attempt you then must wait another year to take it again. After that you still need to take an NCLEX. At that rate you will not be up to date on NCLEX questions due to the prolonged time period you must wait before being cleared to take this. In all if you have already taken your nursing courses and have 1 or 2 left this is an okay school to go to. If you are like me and chose the online means for all courses it is a true waste of money and time. I have now been in this school for 2.5 years and still need to take 4 more courses before CPNE approval. I would be completed if I went to a traditional college. Although convenience with my work schedule it was a reasonable choice I truly regret making the decision to proceed with education here."
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Do not waste your money on this humiliating experience! The grading system for the CPNE that is required is absolutely the most ridiculous thing ever. It's crazy expensive and it's a year waiting list to even get a date for the CPNE. Seriously, do yourself a favor, search elsewhere. This is NOT the place to turn to get your RN."
Avoid this school
  • Reviewed: 12/10/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am a current student at Excelsior College, and I do not recommend the nursing courses for any reason. As a veteran, it is not worth the money. The workload in the Nursing AA course is extremely too much. The grading system is extremely hard. I have a Bachelor degree from a well-known school, and I did this amount a 4-year degree. Discussion question are usually fun, but not at this school. The discussion questions are like a mini research paper. It will take you at least 2 hours or more to post your initial posting. After all that time, you still not guaranteed to receive a 100%. The response to students is the same, and you must add citations to a response question. DON'T DO THIS SCHOOL, AVOID FOR ALL REASON. It's never a balance with the questions, either you get one part right and the other part incorrect. Once you correct that part, then the other part is incorrect. It is never a balance. I am not sure concerning the 5-star reviews that are posted here, but I am telling you the truth from my experience, it's not worth. I am not looking for anyone to give me a grade, I will work for my grade, The grading system is extremely unfair for a two-year diploma. I have thought this school was money-centered, and I now believe that. Excelsior College application fee is $100, and Harvard University is $75. Figure that out. Many people haven't heard of Excelsior College outside of New York. Harvard is a well-known school, and Excelsior application fee is higher than that college. That should have been my first warning sign. This school is all about the money, and there is no hiding it. The nursing courses are about $1400, and the amount of work that is required is unbelievable. If you have to use this school, I recommend taking the taken the exams for $345 ($60 Pearson Vue fee). I agreed to take 12 credits for the annual fee to be waived. I will pay the annual fee and complete my degree with the exams. I have four more courses to take to complete my degree. I can assure you that if I weren't going to law school, I would not attend this school for my Bachelors degree. They have changed the rules again; you can only take the exams when the courses are being offered. So you have eight weeks to take the exam but can ask for an extension if needed. Just buckle down and study for the exams. STAY AWAY FPOM THE COURSES, FOREMOST STAY AWAY FROMTHIS SCHOOL. There are study programs on Ebay that will help you pass the exams. I have read reviews prior about a lot of students feeling as though the school makes it hard for you to pass; I am now wondering if this is true. I graduated with a 3.82 GPA and getting ready to start law school, but this course has been more challenging than anything. Veterans take your GI bill to a real college. I regret ever starting this school. If I had to do all over again, I would have taken into account of the negative reviews that I read prior. I am not here to bash the school; I am here to give you the real truth concerning the nursing program. Another veteran made it all the way to the clinical and failed because they stated she contaminated the sterile field, which she knows that she didn't. Guess what $2500 down the drain. She refused to pay that amount again and obtain her degree from one of the transition programs here. IT'S YOUR MONEY, SPEND IT ON A COLLEGE THAT YOU WILL BE PROUD OF."
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"I know many people succeed through this nursing course only to struggle with the cpne.. This can be achieved as I passed the first time with no repeats in April and passed nclex in July. My advise is to focus on what they are asking of you as opposed to thinking like a seasoned LPN. I find that this is the most difficult thing to do. It's hard but that is your ultimate goal, to come out of the LPN role and step into the RN role. This cpne may seem tough but if you focus on the format of the exam it will guide you as everything that they are looking at from a-z is in the study guide. If they tell you not to throw a sharp in the garbage, don't throw it in the garbage. They are looking for you to be able to safely practice, being that this is the last step to nclex. If you can't follow your schools guidelines how can they sign off saying you've successfully completed this course..... Faculty is also very helpful in helping you to prepare."
Roxie Pendleton
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"The top of the Top...They were there for me every step of the way....through Hurricane Katrina.....and the loss of my father. I spoke with teachers about topics when needed and they always called me back. The CPNE is hard, but you have to do it book sense, not your way, and I passed first time.....You can't go wrong...I am now a proud VA nurse....."
Elizabeth Reese
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is nothing but a rip off. They take your money and lie to you. The books unbelievably expensive. No one ever calls you back. One email will tell you yes you can take the class, the next one says, oh sorry, you can't. not till next semester. there is no way to get out of school on time, they keep you trapped. They work against you with financial aid. It's not a what you think you are getting. I could go on and on about how disorganized some of the professors are...but I don't want to waste any more of my time. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. ITS A RIP OFF"
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"Tell us about your college experience.I apllied to Excelsior Colleges Associate of Nursing program because I was a single mom and worked full to part time. Already being an LPN, I didn't want to repeat a lot of classes and taking exams for college credit sounded good to me. I was nervous, having read many bad reviews, that the college is a "Scam" and that its a "Degree Mill". Heres what I found out. Its a lot of hard work to pass the final exam true, but guess what? They give you a complete road map to success and are there for you via telephone, email, and discussion board. I feel bad that the college gets a bad rap by people who were unsuccessful, its a wonderful program, and when I completed my courses, I could more quickly identify priority care needs and assessments patients would require than nurses who went to the full 2 year programs. If it Were a "Degree Mill" people would be complaining that they didn't get one. Makes sense, doesn't it?Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would absolutely choose the ASN program again, in fact, Im continuing on with Excelsior to their RN-MSN program.What advice can you offer other students?Pick a degree path that is marketable."