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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.
For a full tuition refund ($1230/3 credits,) you must withdraw 7 DAYS BEFORE THE CLASS START DATE! Their refund policy is unlike any other college I have attended. If you withdraw within a week of the start date, it's a 80/20% tuition responsibility (80% refund & must pay 20%.) Class starts at midnight Sunday, so if you decide the class is not for you and withdraw the following Monday morning after the start date, you fail to withdraw within the week of the start date, which bumps up your tuition responsibility to 60/40%!!! I withdrew Monday morning at 9 a.m., so I'm being charged $492 for seven days and 9 hours of access to a class that was a circus show to begin with! I began attending Excelsior with good intentions and a positive attitude, so I did not search out their refund policy or the specifics of their syllabuses. These were basically not readily available to view. Knowing what the class was going to be like 7 days prior to the start date and withdrawing to get a 100% refund was not at the top of my mind. Their refund policy ruined it for me, and I will not be returning.
Excelsior college is a SCAM!! They did not help me to understand nursing concepts out of their own books. Horrible nursing school they don't care and do not advocate for their nurse students!! STAY AWAY FROM THERE!! They just want money there is no rationales to help you understand your test scores. Horrible!!
I had a very good experience with Excelsior. The instructors were very knowledgeable and always available to answer questions, more so than the traditional college I previously attended. The classes were tougher than I thought they would be and I feel I received excellent instruction. The resources available to students were very good- online tutoring and library resources were very helpful. All of the advisors were prompt and helpful. From reading the reviews it seems that the nursing program does not have the same quality, but the rest of the programs I think are worthwhile. I have recommended the college to several people.
Excelsior graduate I have to tell you DO NOT DO THIS PROGRAM! It will take you much longer together program then what they lead you to believe by the time you get a test date you could have gone through Traditional School and then working as a nurse the cost is far more than what they tell you. The final test that you will wait 12 to 15 months for his highly subjective cannot get straight answers out of the school and you will be graded on how the people testing you feel that day not on your knowledge. You'll be failed for doing something one way at one test center and somebody else can do the exact same thing the same way at another testing center and pass. Just try and get a straight answer out of Excelsior about what they expect for the tests look online you'll see multiple examples of Excelsior telling students different things for the exact same question. Their study of videos don't even portray the test accurately if you do it the way they do it in the video you will fail and then they will tell you you should have looked at the study guide and not at the other study material get the study guide is extremely ambiguous. I am in Excelsior graduate and my wife is attempting to finish now. Since she has signed up testing wait times have gone from 6 weeks to 15 months. Don't you do it this program will suck the soul out of you and suck your wallet dry.
College is horrendous. The lure you in with the convenience of an online education, but they nickel and dime you for literally everything. $1,000 here, another $400 here, a last-minute mandatory $700 payment here, etc. by the time I consolidated (and borrowed) all the erroneous monies needed to get my diploma, I realize, in hindsight, that Harvard itself would've been cheaper. I regret every aspect of this school, and the insurmountable costs that was placed on my family because of my enrollment. Not to mention, it took over a YEAR to finally get a date for my CPNE's....and I was still charged for all subsequent fees. Just run away - don't walk...