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If you going to school for your ADN, this is not the school for you. You will waist many years and money to take your CPNE. When you finally get a chance to take your CPNE, its such a negative, nerve racking experience, you wish you never put yourself in this situation. Its to late at this point, no one will accept your credits and you have waisted years and money. Take the time and invest in a local nursing school for your degree. I would never recommend the nursing program. The other programs they offer you opportunities but not nursing.
It's was a great school for me. I was able to complete my B.S. Degree over the course of two years taking classes on and off again. I transferred a lot of credits from the University of Minnesota and found the classes to be just as challenging at EC. It is what you make of it. I cannot speak to the nursing program but I recommend EC for someone who wants to complete their degree.
I know there are some negative comments from other students, but I think it is mainly with the Nursing program, which I cannot provide assessment to. However, being a Business student and graduate from Excelsior, I can tell you it was on par with the state universities I have been enrolled in prior. Having done both traditional classroom and online classes, Excelsior was equally challenging. Student services was better than University of Maryland, University of Missouri Kansas City, and DeVry combined. All my instructors were at a Doctorate level and professors at prestigious universities. Very critical in their grading, but depending on the amount of work you put in, the grades reflected. With the BPS degree I earned, I was accepted into a MBA program at a highly ranked non-profit, private state university. Also, with the course work I endured at Excelsior, I was well prepared for my graduate level courses. I appreciate my instructors immensely! Again, I am one of many experiences at Excelsior, so everybody differs. One more note, I am active military, and the instructors were very understanding and flexible when it came to my deployments.
I earned both a ASN and a Bachelor of Science at Excelsior. My success was determined largely by two factors. I was very motivated and willing to work hard for my degree. The second factor was that Excelsior always was clear on what was expected of me. Granted, I was one of those that passed the CPNE on the first try. I almost failed, but as I was waiting for my professor, I realized an error I made, and corrected it. It is a very hard test. I practiced for it relentlessly. It did make me a better nurse having to prepare for this exam. Prayer was the third factor that got me through it! Excelsior is not for those that are not comfortable teaching themselves. After two degrees, I will say without a doubt that the school is on the up and up. I would only say good things about Excelsior.
Very disappointed in the advisement or lack of. After the official evaluation informed of five classes to complete for degree completion. Four month and four classes laser informed I had four to five more classes required. Seems like some ethical issues with class requirements, advising and possible bating students for money. I would not recommended this college.
Do not try it. It is scam. Money pit. They keep coming up with ways to charge more money. They only have a 60% pass rate and this includes people who have tried again and again. Anything is better than trying this route. Take my advise. They are hands down the most difficult people I've ever dealt with.
This school is nothing but a scam. All of the "nursing classes" are basically just discussions boards. I should have known it was too good to be true..nursing isn't supposed to be easy, but I found those classes to be a breeze and was not at all prepared for the CPNE. The CPNE is the most ridiculous thing I have ever experienced and I learned absolutely nothing from it. What I can tell you is you will be failed for such small details that aren't related to nursing in any way shape or form. This school (which I don't even think they deserve to be a school) literally takes money from you. I had to wait over a year to take my CPNE even after I finished all of the classes online. I made a huge mistake coming here, as I had other options. DO NOT give this school a dime. For nursing , go to a traditional program where you will have instructors that push you and teach you to be the best nurse you can be. This school is a bunch of cons and I mean that with every bone in my body.
I would like to start off by saying that Excelsior College is one of the better colleges I have attended over the years. I know all colleges have their faults but mine were minimal once I got to know and understand how Excelsior works. I had attended both other online schools and traditional colleges but Excelsior seemed to fit how I like to learn the best. For the most part many people who have had a better experience at Excelsior were not in the nursing field. I have heard from other who took nursing courses that the CPNE was hard and in particular if you were a seasoned LPN because they want you to do the CPNE a certain way and as we all know people have a tough time with change! My degree is in Business and Management and I felt like I learned a lot and all that I learned is relevant to my degree. I did know many things already but many of the courses built on one another. I would definitely recommend Excelsior and have to others looking for an online school to attend. I feel once you understand how the classes are run and what is expected many people can and should have success at Excelsior. I would give them an overall 4 stars only because of a few problems I have had but once they were taken care of all was golden.
My time with Excelsior was short due to having transferred in many credits from my military experience. The school was very good about awarding credits towards my degree based on that. So, in short, obtaining my AAS in Technical Studies with an emphasis in Electronics and Instrumentation was very easy. I am no rocket scientist, but I was able to get a 4.0 in all of my classes without very much of a struggle at all. The only negative comment that I would give is that I didn't feel that the instructors taught me a single thing. If you read the material and turn in your assignments on time you will pass the courses. Overall I felt that I taught myself the course material and all Excelsior did was lay it out in an organized format for me.
This college is a rip off. Do not go here, do not pay the application fee. Worst online school, please pick a state online school to go to. I should have known that it would be a rip off when I had to pay a registration fee which I expected, but after that fee they said I had to pay another $250 fee for printing that financial aid could not be used for. This is an online school why would I need a fee that involves printing.