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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!
Excelsior College was a great experience, and it's a school that is under the University of State of New York umbrella, which means it's well respected in the education community. I don't regret attending this school and would recommend the school to everyone. The advisors and professors are very respectful. I was able to transfer my previous credits as well.
I completed my BSN at Excelsior College in 2013 and am now pursuing my MSN there. Excelsior College is a National League for Nursing recognized Center for Excellence in Nursing Education and the high quality faculty they employ show it. My BSN greatly enhanced my knowledge of nursing and it has given me immediate promotional opportunity as well as increased income. I received excellent financial aid assistance in my BSN and I wish such aid existed for graduate nursing education. I reviewed a lot of online BSN and MSN programs before I chose Excelsior but the combination of quality faculty, excellent course offerings, diverse student body and workable clinical commitment made this the best choice for me to take while working full time as an RN.
I apllied to Excelsior Colleges Associate of Nursing program because I was a single mom and worked full to part time. Already being an LPN, I didn't want to repeat a lot of classes and taking exams for college credit sounded good to me. I was nervous, having read many bad reviews, that the college is a "Scam" and that its a "Degree Mill". Heres what I found out. Its a lot of hard work to pass the final exam true, but guess what? They give you a complete road map to success and are there for you via telephone, email, and discussion board. I feel bad that the college gets a bad rap by people who were unsuccessful, its a wonderful program, and when I completed my courses, I could more quickly identify priority care needs and assessments patients would require than nurses who went to the full 2 year programs. If it Were a "Degree Mill" people would be complaining that they didn't get one. Makes sense, doesn't it?
I would absolutely choose the ASN program again, in fact, Im continuing on with Excelsior to their RN-MSN program.
Pick a degree path that is marketable.