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

1.0 out of 5 stars
pamela - 6/19/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
2.1 out of 5 stars
Concerned - 4/13/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Biggest Mistake - 3/11/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Nursing Grad - 2/16/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2009
"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."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Waste of time - 1/31/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Carolyn - 1/18/2016
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Avoid this school - 12/10/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Denise - 7/23/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Roxie Pendleton - 7/1/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2012
"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....."
1.2 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Reese - 6/30/2015
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
"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"
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