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If I had a choice between a traditional classroom Nursing school I would have chosen that over Excelsior College Online. But since I worked full time, Excelsior was my only option for the associate nursing program. I passed CPNE my first attempt, I got most B's in my classes. The course work seemed easy but I learned little and it did not prepare me very well for the NCLEX. I was enrolled into ATI NCLEX, but I feel Excelsior could have placed a lot more emphasis on NCLEX. But then again, I was focused on CPNE. So it was an overall okay experience. Definitely not the best, but not too terrible. I do have to say after seeing all these reviews about how bad it is. I think it's because they didn't pass.
I've seen a lot of bad reviews for Excelsior but I actually enjoyed it. Everyone was nice and professional. I've taken online courses from other colleges and I think that a lot of the negative reviews are from people who aren't/weren't prepared or mature enough to handle online classes. If you need THAT much instruction, you should really consider going to a brick and mortar school to earn your degree. No school is going to hold your hand and spoon feed you material. One has to find it within themselves. That being said, Excelsior does an excellent job.
I was shocked at the number of negative reviews. I started attending Excelsior in 2008 for a degree in nursing. I completed all of my classes and unfortunately was unable to continue working as a nurse. The advisors were fantastic. I was able to switch to Liberal Arts and obtain my BS in psychology in 16 months. The instructors and advisors were always there to answer any questions I had. I enjoyed this school. The only problem I have is I have to find another school to get my Masters in psychology as Excelsior does not offer it. If they did I would sign up in a heartbeat!
Would not recommend this school to even my worse enemy. Terrible experience. They lie to you, telling you that it is self paced. Yeah getting your 7 nursing classes are self paced, but then you have to wait a lifetime for your CPNE. I managed to pass on my first attempt after waiting 9 months, but then you still are not done with their BS. They hit me with $600 of "graduation fees" 5 days before I graduated and if I didn't pay, I didn't graduate. I didn't even go!!! I paid so much money to this awful school and I wasn't even prepared when I was an actual nurse in my unit. It was embarrassing and stressful. PLEASE DON'T GO HERE! This place needs to be shut down.
Do not waste your money. Go to a traditional college or a reputable 5 star online school. I did not get a return on my investment because the teaching in my opinion and some others lacked the needed information to pass the extremely hard tests done via testing centers. I feel they took advantage of my wallet. Which I believed they targeted from the beginning. Shame on myself and this school for guiding me into a shady only me learning contract that had binded me to a win for Excelsior/DLSI and a lose for me. Thanks for nothing Excelsior/DLSI.
Excelsior College was a perfect fit for me because I earned my degree online while still working full time in the army. The school was very accessible and the staff were accommodating to me. I earned the BSN this past April and it will confer in June. This was the best school experience because I had enough time for every facet of my life.
DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY. Excelsior will take your money and lead you to believe that their CPNE final exam is passable with just THEIR study guide and incorrect videos. The truth is, you will need to spend ADDITIONAL MONEY for OUTSIDE workshops just to understand how to fill out the paper work for your clinical exam and write care plans IN THEIR WORDS ONLY and perform the areas of care to 100% perfection. there is absolutely no room for error. You will not be allowed to deviate one single word, if they don't accept your care plan, BOOM you fail and don't get in the patient's room. You must perform labs to 100% their way, yet their videos demonstrating these labs show mistakes. THIS PROGRAM should not even be accredited or accepted by any state board. Their curriculum is substandard, students are given a study guide and that is about it. sure you can contact an advisor and get an ambiguous answer. Their curriculum is structured in such a way that you are TEACHING YOURSELF TO BE AN RN. Is that what you want? The program needs a shakedown. Avoid them.
Avoid like the plague! Don't even start the program which is expensive long before ever get to Clinical Performance weekend. Then, once you get to CPNE, $2295 nonrefundable fee first of course, you will be failed. Deliberately. Fabricated pulse rates, b/p discrepancies, oxygen mishaps and even as ridiculous as gelling your hands where it's not even a safety issue. In my entire academic career, I've never been so disappointed in a "professional program". Excelsior College, YOU FAILED!! You failed ethics, professionalism and honesty code of nursing. Shame on you and your deceptive, fraudulent practices. All for $2300 ?!? Give us our PASS PAPERS WE'VE BUSTED A** FOR!
Worst experience ever. Excelsior will frequently add on additional classes to extend the time it takes to complete your degree. I made the mistake of completing everything and paying the $4000 for their required "weekend clinical." After waiting/studying for 15 months and traveling more than 1000 miles, I was failed with every other student in my CPNE (0% pass rate) before noon on the first day. They will then charge you another $4000 for each attempt to retake their "clinical." I was on the paid waiting list for that first clinical for almost as long as it would take to finish the complete program at a brick and mortar school. Some states won't allow you to take your nursing boards if you're an Excelsior graduate. I am glad I discovered this prior to spending another $4000 to gamble again with their "clinical."
I just graduated in April with my Bachelor's of Professional Studies in Business and Management. As a military member the accessibility and ease of doing my degree online was great. The curriculum was challenging but not overwhelming. The professors were helpful and knowledgeable. I see a lot of negative reviews but me personally I had a great experience. I am taking my degree and moving onto my Masters degree through the University of Arkansas. I highly recommend this school.