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On June 15th, 2018, I graduated with a BSN from Excelsior college. Prior to that I had attended the Excelsior College ASN program to become an RN in California in 2006, before the licensing rules change affected me. In my mind I owe my entire career to Excelsior College. Having always disliked school, I would have never become an RN through a traditional route and would have stayed a Paramedic. Thankfully Excelsior offered a non-traditional pathway to becoming an RN, which allowed me to expand my career into being an Emergency Nurse and now an RN working in management. The BSN program was thorough and with the practical assignments that are required, I got just as good of an education as my brick and mortar counterparts. It was unfortunately a little on the speedy side compared to other online programs, so consider that before entering. It is also structured like a traditional brick and mortar program which can be an issue because you are locked into a standard semester structor and there's no way to accelerate the course without taking more classes with in a semester, but they all have similar deadlines within the program for deliverables on specific days of the week which makes it hard to take more than 3 courses at a time. Without a doubt it was worth my time and effort to attend. If you need a structured online program that will provide a pathway to becoming an BSN educated RN, I would highly recommend them.
Had a concentration of HR, the hardest classes were the Global Organization (had a group project that went south), and Business Communications, although I came out with a 4.0. Something important to note: future students - the Capstone class ** Remember my advice, do not take the male professor, unless you know about sustainability and the environment. Also, the capstone class had a simulator experience that confused everyone, Excelsior now uses the Harvard Business Simulator (& we all had to pay out of pocket for this, even if you're on the GI Bill). I had no problem with my Bachelor of Science Degree, and grad school was a lot of work, not for the 'working adult' as they claim. If you have a job where they let u do your homework, then no problem. I would not recommend this to college to anyone, they do not get back to you if you have a question. I was disappointed that I didn't learn more about my concentration. Also, be ready, for the last class, you have to use the simulator to roll out a sustainability initiative for the environment, which requires a ton of detail, and write 2 papers a week about it, very harsh. Did not help with my HR career whatsoever, as my job has nothing to do with the environment, which is why I did not go for that degree. The last class was a weird experience, don't take my word for it, ask other people. However, if u get the female professor (I got the male) - u will be fine. Remember I said that..
I was a big fan of Excelsior for years, it's not the same school. If you are military, and expect uniformity with the grading, and want to know what to expect, take my advice - go elsewhere. I say this because you can go into the end with a 4.0 and lose it with one bad teacher. Also, there customer service is deplorable. You're on your own if you have any kind of issue. Those of us using our Post 9-11 GI Bills - this is not the place for us.
I loved it!! As a nurse working full time it was great to be able to complete my RN degree at my own pace. I see a lot of people bashing it, its not a bad school. You have to be motivated and willing to put forth the effort required to be successful. The CPNE is definitely the worst part but doable!! I passed on my first attempt and was also successful on my NCLEX with one attempt. It is a bit pricey but definitely a great option for full time working nurses!!
Great for working adults. Communication with instructors was easy and as frequent as needed. The course material was relevant and communication boards provided an expansion of idea and creativity. I really enjoyed the experience and thought it provided a high quality education.
It is a great school for working adults. Teachers work with you on assignment lateness. Teacher/student communication is difficult at times because teachers work other jobs. The workload is sometimes large but not hard to find help when needed. Cost is $1530 per class which isn't terrible but there are cheaper schools with same accreditation you do have to buy books. Good reputation and partners with major companies. Very military friendly, lots of credit transfer. Overall good program.
I attended this program because I was active military. It was definitely self paced and the final exam was very hard and stressful but it could be done. I was offered scholarships when eligible which helped me a great deal throughout my program. There was not much interaction with instructors except for the final two day resident exam. What I loved about this program was the flexibility and self paced. What I did not like about this program is the minimal contact with nursing professors.
Choosing this is school proved to be an enormous mistake on my part. The teachers do not communicate in a timely manner. The administrative offices are downright rude unless you are sending money to them. There are far better options when choosing an online school for MS degrees.
Excellent online learning experience. Ninety five percent of my instructors were truly amazing teachers. I thought the classes were going to be easy but they were quite rigorous. I had to really stretch to get a good grade. The online learning platform was user-friendly and helped to keep each student fully accountable. It was a great experience.
Great stream lined experience. It saved me time, travel, and money. I had 2 school aged children and 1 in middle school. Worked FT in hospice. I had many years as LPN. I passed with flying colors. Aced several exams, others passed with C. My grade was alway directly proportional to amount of work I invested. I would only recommend this to LPNs with at least 5 years experience. If u are a new LPN do not attempt it. I was used to State surveyors and JACHO surveyors so the CPNE did not scare me much.