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I had studied hard for the 4 years( 7 years in total), passed all theory exams at first attempt, after the long waiting game and " finito la comedia" - I had failed one and only chance of CPNE( of course I am human and my nerves gave-up in this pre-planned event). This program should be closed to avoid the future victims, please.
I usually don't write reviews but I had to write a review after seeing all these bad ones. This has been the best decision for my career. I was able to transfer in all my outside credits and complete the rest of the credits in one year which included the 8 core classes. Someone said they only were allowed to take one class per 8 week? I have been able to take 2. That is about 4 classes per semester. The recommended 1 class per 8 week term is simply because it is a lot of self study. The professors do not grade very easily because they are preparing you for the real world. If you are not an independent learner it may not be the school for you. If you are an independent worker, then all you have to do is one dicussion question and 1 quiz per week for 8 weeks per class. It goes by very fast. The questions force you to think like a nurse and learn how to develop care plans. 2 of those quizzes are replaced by a midterm exam and a final exam. If you ask me it was very convenient, i maintained my full time job and i am a single mom, and it was swift and I recommend to any one who is not a complainer and able to work and learn independently.
This is the worst experience of my life. I have a prior BA and am a Paramedic, so I decided to go to EC because they promised a ton of transfer credits, and a paramedic "bridge." This is not what they advertise or claim. You have to complete a nursing core that has discussion posts, quizzes, and 2 exams per course. These quizzes and tests pick randomly from a massive database of questions. They're designed to trick you. You'll also be lucky if 10% of the content is covered in your text. You have no help from faculty. You're left to your own devices to decide what content is important, and what isn't. You get 1 week to read HUNDREDS of medical/nursing textbook content pages, and have to somehow remember random facts and statistics. It's not feasible. It's not realistic. It's not appropriate. If I make it to the CPNE I will do their dance and get out. I hope this review helps at least one person avoid this joke of a school.
So I started this school in February of 2017 with the intent to graduate within a year (as the school advertised). 25 months later I finally was able to finish my core nursing classes (8 courses and 2 exams) and am patiently waiting to take the CPNE exam. With the core classes I was not able to take more than one class at a time per 8 week semester. Once I finished, I had to upload an application for the CPNE and was told it will be a year wait before I can even take the exam which is far different from the 3-5 months I was told for the 2 years I was in nursing school. I have been trying to upload the CPNE application for the last month and have been having difficulty due to the requirements they are asking for such as needing everything to be a jpg, jpeg, whatever file they request and cannot use pdf (however I learned today that they change everything over to pdf on their end anyway). My application has been denied twice because they "didn't have my TB test" when I have uploaded it every time with the CPNE application. I am still patiently waiting for them to accept my application as it takes 10 business days to review every time the application is rejected. The Health Care Report is the only issue I have encountered thus far due to a "missing" TB test. Once I finish my CPNE I will have been at this school for 3 years. I should have just gone through a traditional program, owing to the fact that the CPNE is a $2,300 exam every attempt and has a 50% pass rate. And on that note, you also essentially have to teach yourself as the homework you do is not nearly enough to help you retain all this information. I do not recommend this nursing program to anyone.
Excelsior College Associate degree program is a real scam!!! They do not have even faculty to accommodate CPNE students. You should be really lucky , if you pass Clinical Exam (CPNE) in first chance. I wish to say, Clinical Examiner (some of them ) are nasty. They would distract and pick on simple things such as verified wrist band for name and dob, but did not said that loud, curtain was not closed completely to provide privacy, called last name instead of asking favorite name. I failed first CPNE and waited 18 months to get a cancellation. I glad I have made it!! I have ADN after 7 years. I lost five years of my career because for EC stupidity. I have saved 5 students, however, some learn in hard way. Stay away from Excelsior College Nursing Program. I would never never go back to EC for any of advanced studies. You would learn several reality when you reach Nursing and Clinical. None of the Colleges accept online EC program in NY except Pre- requisites. Good luck!!
Having been enrolled in a nursing school in Madison WI and Cell Biology and Anatomy classes at UW-Whitewater I can honestly say the negative feedback appears to be only with the nursing program which, news flash, is not an easy major to complete especially online. I am very happy with my class structure and challenging rigor I have had, and, in many ways, I can say the college promotes a more difficult rigor of personal learning then in many traditional university settings. This is not a mill churner but rather a respected and established learning institution. I can say that you shouldnt run into problems for any other major outside the nursing program which, in my personal biased opinion, one shouldnt do without in person instruction anyway. Most of the feedback seems to be from people who do not want to put in the hard work of a STEM major and were looking for an easy A. You will not find that here because this is a school not a diploma factory. I can also say the instructors I have had in my science classes were very open to give help and responded rather quickly so, seeing comments like that didnt make any sense to my experience. The payment process at first was a little sketchy but, you do not have to pay the $1,000-dollar fee or so if you will complete more than 6 to 8 credits in a year. Excelsior, having the option to take trimesters makes this easy to attain. There is a lot of typing and research papers you will write in this program so believe me the learning and degree will be well earned.
I was accepted into a traditional brick and mortar school with two of my room mates. Two of us, self included, were paramedics. Went to the first orientation day and felt I would be wasting my time. Enrolled in Excelsior and finished six months before they did. Was immediately hired into the ICU and long story short, now have my DNP and have been a nurse practitioner since 2009 and earn excellent money. It all started with Excelsior. For the record, I received my CPNE date rather quickly and passed on the first try with no repeats. The CPNE was stressful, and I will admit you must be organized and self motivated.
I graduated from Excelsior college a long time ago. Since that time I have earned my BSN from another university, and currently am in a MSN program. I would never, ever in a million years recommend Excelsior to ANYONE. I started the program in 2001. I flew through the online classes and had excellent grades. The classes took me less than a year to complete. Then I waited 12 months for the FIRST CPNE. That I failed due to BP and heart rate discrepencies with the instructior, and them saying I did not check a patients name band before giving medications (this was false). Then i waited another 14 montsh and paid another 2,400 dollars for the second CPNE. This one I failed as well. becasue the instructor said i did not wash my hands before entering a patient room, and for again the instructor saying her blood pressure reading was different than mine. I had been an LPN in an Emergency room for years before this, and I assure you, i know how to check a blood pressure. Finally another 12 montsh later, came the third CPNE, which I passed. Had I not passed, I would have been kicked out of school. all that time and money wasted. I worked with 4 other nurses who went to excelsior college, and all had the same experince of failing the CPNE at least once. My total wait time for the CPNE exams was 12+12+14 months. Over three years waiting for a test. I wish I had gone to a different school. I could have earend my BSN in the time I spent waiting. I have directed at least 10 students to avoid this school based on my experience and other reviews I have shown them. I am sending this review now, over 10 years after graudation, and additional education on my part to warn others of the complete scam. Google the class action law suits agains Excelsior. They exist. Stay away. Please trust the CPNE reviews. it is a total money maker for them. do the math.....
RUN! This is the biggest scam and worst experience I have ever had with a college. I chose Excelsior because they took the majority of my credit from chiropractic school and utilized them for a bachelors degree. I was told I only needed 6 credits to obtain my degree, so I enrolled in the first courses and completed them no problem. I then registered for the final Capstone course and was sent an email from the school validating my registration. Flash forward to the day of the class and it is no where to be found in my canvas portal. They came back and said I was never registered for the class and even accused me of fabricating the registration email and sending it to myself. LIKE, WHAT? They made me wait until the following quarter to take the class which put my chiropractic license back 3 months. Now I've completed my capstone and they are making me wait another 2 months to get my transcripts. Not only that but they are with holding my diploma until I pay them a $1095.00 "enrollment change fee." You see, no matter how many credits you need they make you pay for a minimum of 12, so even though I only utilized 6 to get my degree I have to pay the difference just because. SCAM! These people deserve to be sued and I hope someone does. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL!
I had an overall positive experience at Excelsior. I transferred in a large amount of credits and took Excelsior courses online, so I did not have much interaction with staff members there. However, I can say with confidence that the process of transferring my credits was handled very professionally and smoothly. I was pleased with my professors as well.