Excelsior College Reviews - 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

4.6 out of 5 stars
Donna S. - 6/9/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"I don not usually leave reviews, but I feel that some of the reviews are unfair. I had a very favorable experience with Excelsior, so much so that I have enrolled again to achieve my BSN. I was able to keep my full time LPN job and work my way through the classes at my pace. At the time of enrollment you were advised how the classes were conducted and that you were basically self teaching. If you did run into difficulty with the subject matter, you could schedule a conference with your teacher. I found the teachers to be passionate about their subjects and truly enjoyed the classes. I did get a little tired of writing and posting, but this was the platform for learning and you know that going in. The worst part of my experience was the wait for the CPNE. I waited 11 months and then was offered a cancellation which I accepted. I spent approximately 30 days of every waking hour preparing for the CPNE. My experience was wonderful and I passed the first time with no repeats!! I was thrilled. If you are committed, you can do this. I have no doubt!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amanda Palmer - 6/4/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"Choosing to earn my degree online also meant that I was able to work full-time during my degree program. Working a 40-hour work week and motivating myself to complete classwork and study for exams was challenging, but my professors were extremely patient, worked with my schedule, and encouraged me to succeed. Even though my degree program was online, the coursework was rigorous and I felt like it prepared me for a real-world career. Overall, I enjoyed my experience with Excelsior College and I would recommend it to other busy adults or college students looking for an affordable alternative to earning a degree."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Kat - 4/6/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Excelsior College may seem like a time saving godsend but do not waste your time if you intend on pursuing an additional degree. There is a year plus waiting period for your final requirement and it's costly and I just found out that the A and P they offer does not transfer. You will have to take it again with a lab. There are also additional requirements for you to practice in most states other than New York and Washington and California will not even recognize your degree. I met my wife after I had enrolled and was almost done with the degree, she is active duty Navy and if we had gotten stationed somewhere other than Virginia my license would not have been valid, and even Virginia had additional requirements. Do yourself a favor, don't do what I did, if you are in the market for an ADN just go to a local community college, or better yet a university and go straight to your BSN."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Verna - 3/6/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"Hi KN Please do not assume that because students did not pass the cpne it means that they did not prepare. I worked very hard and attained/paid other services outside of Excelsior to prepare for the cpne. I did the pilot program and pass part 1. 5 months later I was unsuccessful in passing the other section of the cpne.Note...(I passed the first patient). I was prepared studied, reviewed,the videos, practiced on my children, family, friends, attended the workshop, you name it I did it. I even have friends who have their Masters in nursing give me supplies and practiced with me. They were in shock when I shared with them the reason for me not passing the cpne. It was simply unfair. I realize it's your word against the Examiner. I have been a LPN for years . I did a lot more in myLPN clinical than I did in the cpne. Bridget please please please do not apply to this college! I wish I saw this site and I read all these reviews prior to enrolling but I was going through a horrible divorce and wanted to achieve my RN to take care of my four children. So I enrolled in Excelsior. Huge mistake so please seek out a nursing school that has a "traditional clinical!""
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shelly Smith - 1/31/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"I don’t usually write online reviews, but Excelsior College gave me a great education and provided a number of valuable resources. Throughout every step of my education, I had professors and advisors interested in helping me succeed. After attending a traditional university, I found that the advisors at Excelsior were equally (if not more) available than my in-person advisors were."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Grayson - 1/28/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"First, if you think you are tough minded and the best nurse in the world and this is a challenge you want to make you a better nurse your thinking is wrong on this one. This is a scam! I am a veteran and perform in the world's toughest combat assignments. State side I work in SICU managing vents and various other bypass and ICU equipment for my patients. I also work prn for a critical care staffing agency. In order for my license to be good in all 50 states I was told I had to complete an RN program from an accredited program. On 12/30/19 it will be my 7 year cut off mark with Excelsior. 7 YEARS TO COMPLETE AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE. My book work has been completed for over 2 years! Plain and simple this is a scam! If you are seeking your ASN or ADN in nursing DO NOT enroll into this program. The wait periods between classes are months and the final weekend CPNE is YEARS waiting along with nothing more than tricks and guaranteed ways to fail you. The CPNE is not $1,200 it is now $2,995 and they get their money YEARS before you get your weekend and it shows. It cannot be stated in enough ways of how big of a scam this is. Read the reviews and google all the companies like I did that are making money off students to teach them the tricks and the cheats on how to pass the CPNE. This is not a quality program it is a scam!"
3.6 out of 5 stars
Kev - 1/24/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"So I had an okay experience at Excelsior. While I don't agree that the school is a complete rip off I have to agree that it does feel like it at times. The school is very clear that it is self-guided and mostly self-taught. It is up to each individual to stay motivated, study and find outside resources to be successful if needed- not everyone is able to do it. Going into the program I was a paramedic for 1 year and held a BS in Health promotion science. Half of my sciences were 'expired' so I had to retake them, but the knowledge was still there as I had been working in healthcare all along so I did good. The nursing core are not terrible, I made it my goal to test out of a class every 6 weeks, which I was able to do after studying about 6-8 hrs a week. The FCCA are two different sections that are all about testing your ability to apply the knowledge you have learned into different written scenarios. Not horrible, but you have to be a good test taker. The CPNE on the other hand in my opinion could use some revamping as 18hrs or so are not enough to evaluate the quality of a candidate, but to be fair most candidates show up unprepared. It is by far the worst part for many reasons, however once you get to it it isn't that bad. I signing up for all sites (they had 9 at the time), and I also signed up for cancelation dates which essentially means that you could be called up on a short notice anywhere in the country. It took about 6 months before I started receiving offers for cancelation dates. Some where nearby other's were far-away , but they were all unrealistic because I hadn't been studying which was 100% my fault. Eventually, I was able to make friends with a group of exelcior students through Facebook who lived near by, and started studying with them. We pooled our resources and knowledge together and began untangling the CPNE. We studied together at least once or twice a week. Within two weeks I got another cancelation date that 6 weeks out at a site 3 hrs away by car - I took it. I put myself in overdrive and I studied daily as much as I could, I even cut down on work and put some basic necessities on my credit card. I was the first to test in the group. The first night at the CPNE I failed one of the labs, for not wasting meds properly. I was sad and disappointed, but I got myself together and the second and third day passed everything w/o any repeats. While I was there at no moment I felt like they were trying to jam me up. I was out of there by 9am on Sunday. The CPNE doesn't test your ability to be a nurse it test your attention to detail and your ability to follow instructions. I would not recommend this school to most, but it is certainly doable, and cheap. One year later all 5 of us are licensed RNs."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Charlotte Rodgers - 1/18/2020
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Warning Do not Go to Excelsior college for nursing!!! After taking about a .year and a 1/2 to complete the course work you have to complete a weekend clinical. It takes another year to be scheduled. Had to travel to utica ny from Fl at a cost of 1000 hotel airfare car rental. The clinical piece sets you up for failure from the beginning. You have to give meds within 35 minutes in lab portion which is far harder then it should be. This includes dose calculation research of med, documentation and giving meds. I was not able to complete in 35 minutes and automatic failure. Wait another year at a cost of another two or three thousand."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Ricky Epps - 12/27/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2020
"Fact is that there are over 13 states and counting that will not allow Excelsior College grads to sit for the nclex RN, others require you to take additional training. Excelsior College credit doesn't transfer anywhere -- even community colleges won't take it. a complete waste of time and money. They have a terrible pass rate - and don't provide labs for A&P and Microbiology Complete and utter rip off -- and if you think that employers don't consider you defective as a Excelsior College grad --think again -- I paid a couple thousand for worthless classes that only other fake schools will accept."
1.0 out of 5 stars
KG - 12/17/2019
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2019
"This school is a SCAM! FINALLY got a CPNE date for clinical after almost 2 years waiting. Failed on every technicality the Inspector could get me on. None of it had to do with patient care. It all had to do with them just finding something anything to fail me on. I picked up the wrong pen from a desk and realized it wasn’t mine so I dropped it and was scolded and told dropping a pen on a desk was a sign of aggression and intimidation. It was actually a sign of how stressed I was and afraid I’d be failed for using a pen I had not sterilized before touching it to contaminate it again. If you touch a table you better have cleaned it after, When you wash your hands remember it is a FULL minute and if the paper towel is hanging out of the holder too close to the counter top surface (within 4”) you fail for contamination if you use it! If you pull it off wash your hands AGAIN! Write clearly if you don’t and they misread and they will intentionally you are failed. You will see the Inspector make several mistakes trying to distract you or make you try and relax thinking your not under the microscope. Make no mistake you are ALWAYS under the microscope. Need to go pee no problem the Inspector will follow you and inspect bathroom before and after you use it. If you use bathroom wash hands before touching the patient. Gel is fail you have to wash your hands in and out of the room EVERY TIME. Assigned wound care, if you use the bedside table you have to wipe it down like preparing it for surgery before you contaminate it with the outside of the wound care kit that contains sterile equipment inside of it. Make sure you wipe the table down again after or it’s a FAIL. PICC lines are okay to touch the op site cover with bare hand. Touch an op site over a peripheral IV and your done FAIL! Gloves must be worn to touch an IV but not a PICC, make sense of that one! List a delegated task to an LPN and don’t have one assigned to your patient, FAIL. Same for a CNA. Document I/O that LPN or CNA told you FAIL didn’t see it it’s falsification of medical records, FAIL. Make sure you get in the habit of checking and verifying the patient name and DOB everytime you walk in and MAKE SURE everything you do you announce it verbally and make eye contact with the inspector to verify she heard and is watching or you guessed it FAIL. As I said, this program is designed to make the nurse fail by using tricks, stress, intimidation, and bias opinions. If you are repeating a PCS on Sunday your screwed. They will find a reason ANY reason to fail you so they can go home."
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