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This school was great for me - there are no cutting corners, the books are of good quality and the courses demand that you spend at least 9 hrs per week during 16 week classes or 18 hrs a week for 8 week classes. There is a lot of online work, but the syllabus and grading criteria are clear, and the route to the degree is clearly laid out. It has helped me tremendously in my career. I read some other reviews that said they didn't know what courses are in their degree; that's hard to believe and understand as that is clearly spelled out in the degree and course catalogs.
This school is not worth it. DO NOT go to this school. They are motivated into making people take redundant courses and other money making schemes. You will see thousands of dollars vanish before your eyes for nonsensical reasons and you wont move towards your goals by one inch. This school is a fantastic lie. They make money while they drag their feet giving you a whirlwind of bad information while you pay them to do it. I would call them a diploma mill. But at least at a mill you get what you pay for. Here they take your money only for you to move up their pyramid inch by inch as they add more blocks on top for you to climb. And as you climb the blocks they charge you more fees. And if you ask why you will get platitutes instead of answers. Worst school ever. I deeply regret taking a year off from work to get my degree over a year has passed and I still cant even get them to agree on what courses I need to take. What a total failure.
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.
I have nothing to mention but good things!!! I cannot provide a review for any nursing program for this school, but I graduated May 2015 (B.S. in Liberal Arts) after a 13 year break of study from a brick & mortar university (I was a senior when I began my studies at Excelsior College). I'm not sure of other students' experiences, but mine was just fine. One must be self-motivated and pay attention to time management to study at this school. I would be biased to recommend this school to new students, but I can state that as an undergraduate, I enjoyed my studies, professors, course content, and available resources. I did have a bit of "trial and error" being new to online courses, but once I got the hang of it, I was on track. The college requires active engagement throughout the week via a few discussions. If your discussions are mediocre, lack creative thinking, and are written just to have an entry logged, you probably won't perform very well. College is meant to learn and build skills in creative thinking, communication, and in-depth concentration in study. I feel that my experience with Excelsior College has been very positive, and I highly recommend (especially to students in the military, as Tuition Assistance really paid everything for me, minus a couple of books). In retrospect, I would prefer to attend a brick & mortar school, but Excelsior really made things quite flexible and shorter to graduate than through my former university. Furthermore, all of my previous credits were accepted, and Excelsior College has the regional accreditation I was looking for! I FULLY RECOMMEND!!! I urge any prospective student to closer consider the validity of other comments if they happen to obviously appear to be biased, one-sided, or full of grammatical errors. Thanks for reading my review!
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.....
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
I made it through the program in less than a year. There is no financial aid. I paid for it all on my own. Then came the CPNE. I am already a working LVN who floats to ICU, ER, Tele, Med-Surge and other departments. I have years of experience and am a highly-awarded nurse who helps train other nurses. The Excelsior CPNE is one of the worst experiences of my life. The instructors are NOT helpful. I did not receive a SINGLE report from ANY nurse who worked at the hospital. I did NOT see a single patient. The Excelsior leader on-site criticized all of my care plans, including one that used the exact criteria of the patient's nurse. After I made an argument to accept my third care plan, the leader had the nurse educator add a line to her critique of me to disqualify that argument as well. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT spend your time and money on Excelsior. It is NOT worth your time, trouble and tension. It is a terrible experience. Do yourself a favor and find something else. Excelsior is a money pit and the CPNE managers are cold, cruel and not helpful.
Excelsior is the school for you if you just want to earn a degree. The teachers mostly grade assignmebts and do little in the way of direct teaching. You cab message them for help but it takes 2 days to get a response, far too long when you only have until Sunday to turn in assignments and you didn't encounter the problem until Thursday. The lectures are horrible and consist of youtube videos and other mediocre sources of information. A lot of the lectures are shotty summaries of the book in PDF form with a female robot voice narrating the text. The work itself is fairly easy but uninspiring. Dont expect a great deal in the from this school that you wouldnt have done by yourself and the textbook.
I graduated in September of 1979 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. The diploma was issued by "The University of the State of New York." Regents External Degree Program. I had been enlisted for 7 years at the time of graduation and was commissioned that same month. I retired from the Navy as a Lt. Commander. Matriculated at Vanderbilt University, received a Masters. Later attended Southern Methodist University where I earned a Doctorate in 1995. I have recommended this program to everyone who might be interested. Several through the years have also benefited by graduating. It gave me a huge leg up in life. My sister received her BS degree in 1992 and now has her Doctorate as well. To say that this program is accredited is an understatement, considering how my BS degree opened so many doors at other prestigious universities for me and so many others. This college pioneered the External Degree concept and gave it the respectability and prestige that other institutions have attempted to build upon. The difference between this institution and many others is that they genuinely do help you succeed. They do not try to exploit you. They seriously work hard to accept your transfer hours and evaluate your life experiences for college credit. Virtually all of my required 120 semester hours were earned through CLEP/DANTES Tests and by attending other colleges. They authenticated and validated my work by awarding the degree. I was 26 then. I am about to be 62 now, rapidly approaching retirement. Looking back, I know much is owed to NY Regents, now called "Excelsior College." And given the fact that my own educational and professional achievements are such a small part of their hugely innovative, important and impressive track record, I needed to offer this strong affirmation of Excelsior College.
The days of online schools not getting respect is over. I used my degree from Excelsior to get into the University of Arkansas Grad school. My grade point was high enough to where I was automatically accepted into the program without any testing. Do not expect them to hand you a degree, this is not University of Phoenix. Great for military!