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Excelsior College ASN/RN is a great option for those that need a non traditional pathway to becoming a nurse. I was a medic and only had to re-take one written exam which was Maternity. The CPNE was challenging but the strategy is to memorize the requirements and perform by the book. In other words, don't bring your bad habits with you and DO IT BY THE BOOK! As far as its acceptability in the workforce, I had zero problems! I know some States have licensing issues so do your research! I was able to continue on with graduate school and obtain a license as a Family Nurse Practitioner. I realize they only accept LPN/LVN, Paramedics and some military medic qualifications but I disagree this program is only suited for them but it is what it is! You have to be a self starter! You have to be disciplined and you have to study and perform by the book! The program is not for everyone. I know a lot of nursing schools have competitive application processes as well as long waiting lists. If you can't get into one I suggest applying to a LPN program and then a traditional LPN to RN program. If you need the flexibility of a non traditional program then consider Excelsior. Just my two cents for what its worth! Good luck!
I am writing from the perspective of an active duty service member who deployed numerous times while obtaining my college education. I enrolled in Excelsior College, and received a Bachelor of Science with a Business Management minor. The enrollment process was easy to navigate, and I found that their course catalog was robust enough to allow me to find electives and upper level courses that were both interesting and relevant. The only class I was obligated to take due to how my electives were accepted was an Arts History class, and my distaste for the class was personal and not due to the professor. The majority of my interaction with fellow students was via Blackboard, and if you are dedicated to posting multiple answers and responses maximizing class participation is relatively easy. A must of an online degree is good written communication skills, and I would also recommend having someone in your life that you trust to read over your major assignments and provide feedback. On several occasions I had to contact my professor to get assignments early due to travel, and this was never a problem. Dealing with the school for career and academic counseling was always easy, and was never a negative experience. On numerous occasions did I receive good tips on what classes I should select for degree completion via the telephone. I think this is important to note because customer service is extremely important when you have no ability to walk into the campus office and try to find a different person to talk to. Once I completed my degree, and applied for graduation, it was a relatively easy and quick process to have a diploma in hand.
As a non-traditional student, I was a bit skeptical about returning to school. Just a few weeks into my first two classes, it was clear to me that Excelsior College presented the course material and objectives in a manner that would help me be successful. Perhaps the greatest aspect of Excelsior College is its faculty. The instructors were all experienced professionals who not only understood the knowledge that a student should gain, but also recognized how to apply this knowledge in the workplace. Additionally, the instructors and the academic advisor team made themselves available at all times to assist with any problems or concerns. This was one of the best decisions I have made.
I was told that Excelsior College was a military friendly school. I do not believe that. The credit hours were higher then normal and then they just raised the price and did not say anything. When I signed up for classes I found out. So more money out of my pocket plus they charge a $265.00 fee every year. The last two classes I need are only offered certain times of the year so when I could take them they were not available. So I have not taken a class since last April and the classes do not start till Feb so now I have to take them both so I can take my capstone this year otherwise I will have to pay that $265.00 another year. I have had to pay it twice already. I have not received any help. The fee is suppose to be for Library services, graduate advising, and Master's degree program planning. I have not used the library once, received no advising and not received any Master's degree program planning help. I do not even know what that is. There are plenty of other schools that military TA will cover. Then you only have to worry about books. This school you have books, an annual fee, and the difference of what TA pays for. I just had to pay $130.00 over TA.
The University is an outstanding school for working members of society. The professor understand about job and life will come up. They work with the individual to ensure you can finish the course and your degree. There are degree paths for everyone to select the path they want. You can start a two-year degree and progress all the way to a Masters.
I completed my MA at Excelsior in 2006. In 1986 I completed my BS in Management of Human Resources at what was then called Regents College/The University of the State of New York. In 2003-2005 I attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, accumulating the bulk of my graduate credits before returning to Excelsior to complete my Masters. My experiences at Excelsior have all been very good ones. I believe the quality of education to be every bit as good as what I received at the more traditional brick and mortar campus at SMU. I had absolutely no trouble entering SMU with my BS credits from Excelsior. I recommend this school for older adults and for those who wish to complete their education at their own pace.
With the user experience of attending several schools and obtaining three Associates degrees, two Bachelors degrees, one Masters degree, and on-route to Doctoral degree, I will try to evaluate the quality of the Excelsior Colleges education for you. I earned one Bachelors degree and Masters degree with Excelsior College. During the last ten years, my expatriate lifestyle did not allow the luxury of the brick and mortar school. Prior starting every of my degrees, I did a thorough research trying to find the best college/university that could accommodate my educational needs, previous educational history, choice of degree and viable financial framework. I did not want to waste my money and attend the college that would provide watered-down online courses and give me the worthless degree. I selected Excelsior based on a personal recommendation and available information on the web. The tuition price and fees were affordable. I made the right choice my experience with Excelsior was excellent. The Excelsior College is the user-friendly, serious business that responds to the students needs in a best possible way. The Student Services and Student Advisors answered to my emails in 24-48 hours. Library had everything I needed for my research and assignments. All courses and their learning objectives were set in the high-quality programs of study. Some of these courses were really labor-intensive and demanding, but I was happy because they were also very interesting. However, the best part was the interaction with instructors. All of them were good, but some of them were truly exceptional, and I consider myself very fortunate to be in their classes. I enjoyed EVERY moment of being the Excelsior student.
Excelsior College has been a tremendous asset to my educational goals, allowing me to complete a Bachelors degree on a schedule that tolerates full time employment. If you are concerned about Excelsior accreditation, fear not, the college is accredited through Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) covering Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Accrediting colleges such as: Carnegie Mellon, Columbia University, NYU, CUNY, SUNY, Cornell, Drexel, George Washington University, Georgetown, Howard, Johns Hopkins, Penn State, Princeton, Rutgers, St. Johns, U of Delaware, U of Maryland, U of Penn, Villanova, Temple, etc. If you are a self-motivated person, give yourself a chance and take a look at Excelsior College. I was so pleased with my experience at Excelsior that Ive started my Master's degree there as well. Best of luck! G https://www.msche.org/institutions_directory.asp
Excelsior College is great for those who desire to set a class schedule that conforms to their daily habits. Moreover, the college is regionally accredited and the MBA program I am transitioning into has specialized accreditation with the IACBE (International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education). For those that do not know, IACBE is one of the top 3 accreditation agencies in the business world. To sum things up, my experience has been absolutely wonderful and my education is definitely opening doors in my career. If you are on the fence, get off of it and get started!
I started this degree without any background in computers. The topic seem interesting and it is a growing field. The classes provide plenty of information to prepare me for what I have to do. It can be a lot of work but it is achievable. I really love how flexible it is because I have a job full time and I have kids. I'm moving through classes quickly because they're only 8 weeks long. The professors are really helpful and give a lot of feedback.