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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.
The LPN to RN program is a waste of money. If you are a working LPN do not fall for this scam of a program. They promise you a quick way to go to nursing school while working and it is not that easy. Once you complete your classes you will spend two years waiting to go to the Clinicals. I warn you they do not tell you that. The pass rate is alot lower then what they advertise. THey lie in there advertising. I would give them ZERO stars, but unfortunately it makes me select one star.
I can't speak for anyone else but I have to say Excelsior College saved my life! First off, I previously attended another school where I was close to graduating but ran out of federal aid due to my parents taking my refund checks and cosigning money to use for their own expenses. So as I approached my senior year at my former school I was stuck with 117 credits and a huge balance to pay off. Two years later I applied to Excelsior in 2016 and they accepted 110 out of 117 credits so I wouldn't lose my senior standing! As for the professors, they were very flexible and understanding and provided me with great feedback. I did not feel pressured to finish my degree in a certain time limit nor did Excelsior scammed me out of my money since I had to pay out of pocket. Whenever I had a concern, I was able to speak directly to whoever was in charge in student affairs, financial aid etc. My academic advisor helped me every step of the way. I was on a reasonable payment plan and was able to take my classes one Excelsior is a fully accredited college and although I've heard negative reviews about the nursing program I can say that the psych program for a B.A. is very good. This is not a diploma mill school and definitely not a for profit school.
I took the online classes, finished them quickly, passed them the first time. Then the school made me wait a year to take the CPNE. I had to travel out of state to a hospital in TX. It was half empty, creepy and the instructors were rude. I felt uncomfortable, was very nervous and failed (along with the other students). I waited a few months to recover from the shock of failing and paid again for a second round. A year is coming around again, and I still don't have a date. This is torture and I would not recommend this school to any LPN. I don't understand the other comments that said they were tested in a timely manor. I will have to live with this experience for the rest of my life.
The nurses in clinical were rude. There is no support and ever increasing prices. I recommend that you stay away from them and go to a regular college. This is nothing but a scam. They are out for money only and they could care less about students.
Great program for an experienced self motivated student. I went through the paramedic to RN program quickly with no difficulty. It was about a 4 month wait for the CPNE and I passed all sections without retakes and NCLEX first try. I now have a great ER job and the degree from Excelsior has not been a problem in career advancement.