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I graduated from the RN program years ago. I don't know if they improved their clinical system, but I can tell you that it is no different than most money hungry schools. They had a one weekend clinical where most people fail. If you fail you have to pay thousands of dollars just to take the clinical over again. I was an LPN and had a lot of clinical experience prior to taking this "clinical" two day test. They get paid to find fault in the dumbest things. Things that are not practical in the real world. They actually have incentive to fail most students on their first try. Out of 10 students that weekend, only two of us passed. Prior to this I learned that this is a common practice so I was nervous going into it. I only did it because it suited my schedule. An outside advisory company told me that I should get my associates in applied science, stating that it would cut three coursed that I wouldn't need. Thank god because it saved me a lot of money. You don't think any advisors at the school would have looked out for my best interest do you? If you don't mind gambling, by all means take a chance. Otherwise, go to a reputable school that has a good clinical evaluation system. Don't believe me? Read some online clinical reviews about Excelsior.
I had a wonderful experience with Excelsior College. I see so many negative posts mostly in regards to their nursing program. Apart from the nursing program I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this institution. I received my BS degree in Liberal Arts with concentrations in history and sociology. As with many Excelsior grads, I am also prior military. Most colleges would only give me a physical education credit which is a shame. We hear all the time how this country values our service, yet many colleges refused to recognize my army training. The nursing board of Illinois recognized it and allowed me to sit for the Nclex-PN. What allowed me to become an Lpn was not recognized by brick and mortar colleges. Excelsior applied 60 credits towards my degree from the courses I completed in the Army, i,e, Anatomy and Physiology from my Army nursing course ,was applied towards my science requirement. I was ecstatic. This meant I was halfway done. I also had previous credits from two other college which Excelsior took. I tested out of the rest of my degree using combination of clep/dsst and Uexcel exams. Excelsior is innovative, flexible and truly is a place to attain one's degree for the nontraditional student.
This school is for muture adult learner. I received two Associate degrees and one Bachelor degree from Excelsior College. It is regionally accredited. They have a very liberal transfer policy. They grant you credit for military training as well as experiential learning and prior learning to include but not limited to exams, traditional classroom courses, correspondence courses, CLEP, DANTES, etc. I had no problem getting employment such as the Federal government, private companies, County and City agencies. I use it to obtain my Master's degree. I have referred over ten different people that were successful in getting their degree.
Love this school. They took a ton of my military certifications and previous college. Class were challenging, fair and beneficial. I work full time and am a mother of 3 and didn't think the course load was that hard. I would recommend this college to anyone and it's very affordable.
I am a current Excelsior student and I very highly do not recommend this nursing program and once started you can not transfer your credits elsewhere. At least not anywhere that I have found. The courses are mediocre at best. The teachers all seem lovely though. I have continuously had to take 8 weeks off due to there guidelines of not starting a new phase in a new semester due to their trimesters. They prolong the time you need to be in their schooling and EVERYTHING has a waiting list. I was originally told as an LPN I was granted the ability to test out of specific nursing courses. In reality it is NOT a bridge program like they compare it to and you are only cleared from one course. Initially I was told that the CPNE was easy to apply for once classes were complete and had a minimal wait time. Now as I progress I am being informed that the wait for a CPNE at minimum is at least a year after all course completion. Keep in mind it is very expensive to take and if you are unable to pass the first attempt you then must wait another year to take it again. After that you still need to take an NCLEX. At that rate you will not be up to date on NCLEX questions due to the prolonged time period you must wait before being cleared to take this. In all if you have already taken your nursing courses and have 1 or 2 left this is an okay school to go to. If you are like me and chose the online means for all courses it is a true waste of money and time. I have now been in this school for 2.5 years and still need to take 4 more courses before CPNE approval. I would be completed if I went to a traditional college. Although convenience with my work schedule it was a reasonable choice I truly regret making the decision to proceed with education here.
Do not waste your money on this humiliating experience! The grading system for the CPNE that is required is absolutely the most ridiculous thing ever. It's crazy expensive and it's a year waiting list to even get a date for the CPNE. Seriously, do yourself a favor, search elsewhere. This is NOT the place to turn to get your RN.
School was great and very flexible. I suggest this school to advance current training and your career. The teachers are very understanding and very intelligent. I believe this has helped me a ton. This school has a great technical staff and adviser staff. However, my only complaint is the financial aid department but most schools financial aid departments are terrrible
I am a current student at Excelsior College, and I do not recommend the nursing courses for any reason. As a veteran, it is not worth the money. The workload in the Nursing AA course is extremely too much. The grading system is extremely hard. I have a Bachelor degree from a well-known school, and I did this amount a 4-year degree. Discussion question are usually fun, but not at this school. The discussion questions are like a mini research paper. It will take you at least 2 hours or more to post your initial posting. After all that time, you still not guaranteed to receive a 100%. The response to students is the same, and you must add citations to a response question. DON'T DO THIS SCHOOL, AVOID FOR ALL REASON. It's never a balance with the questions, either you get one part right and the other part incorrect. Once you correct that part, then the other part is incorrect. It is never a balance. I am not sure concerning the 5-star reviews that are posted here, but I am telling you the truth from my experience, it's not worth. I am not looking for anyone to give me a grade, I will work for my grade, The grading system is extremely unfair for a two-year diploma. I have thought this school was money-centered, and I now believe that. Excelsior College application fee is $100, and Harvard University is $75. Figure that out. Many people haven't heard of Excelsior College outside of New York. Harvard is a well-known school, and Excelsior application fee is higher than that college. That should have been my first warning sign. This school is all about the money, and there is no hiding it. The nursing courses are about $1400, and the amount of work that is required is unbelievable. If you have to use this school, I recommend taking the taken the exams for $345 ($60 Pearson Vue fee). I agreed to take 12 credits for the annual fee to be waived. I will pay the annual fee and complete my degree with the exams. I have four more courses to take to complete my degree. I can assure you that if I weren't going to law school, I would not attend this school for my Bachelors degree. They have changed the rules again; you can only take the exams when the courses are being offered. So you have eight weeks to take the exam but can ask for an extension if needed. Just buckle down and study for the exams. STAY AWAY FPOM THE COURSES, FOREMOST STAY AWAY FROMTHIS SCHOOL. There are study programs on Ebay that will help you pass the exams. I have read reviews prior about a lot of students feeling as though the school makes it hard for you to pass; I am now wondering if this is true. I graduated with a 3.82 GPA and getting ready to start law school, but this course has been more challenging than anything. Veterans take your GI bill to a real college. I regret ever starting this school. If I had to do all over again, I would have taken into account of the negative reviews that I read prior. I am not here to bash the school; I am here to give you the real truth concerning the nursing program. Another veteran made it all the way to the clinical and failed because they stated she contaminated the sterile field, which she knows that she didn't. Guess what $2500 down the drain. She refused to pay that amount again and obtain her degree from one of the transition programs here. IT'S YOUR MONEY, SPEND IT ON A COLLEGE THAT YOU WILL BE PROUD OF.
This school was great for me - there are no cutting corners, the books are of good quality and the courses demand that you spend at least 9 hrs per week during 16 week classes or 18 hrs a week for 8 week classes. There is a lot of online work, but the syllabus and grading criteria are clear, and the route to the degree is clearly laid out. It has helped me tremendously in my career. I read some other reviews that said they didn't know what courses are in their degree; that's hard to believe and understand as that is clearly spelled out in the degree and course catalogs.
This school is not worth it. DO NOT go to this school. They are motivated into making people take redundant courses and other money making schemes. You will see thousands of dollars vanish before your eyes for nonsensical reasons and you wont move towards your goals by one inch. This school is a fantastic lie. They make money while they drag their feet giving you a whirlwind of bad information while you pay them to do it. I would call them a diploma mill. But at least at a mill you get what you pay for. Here they take your money only for you to move up their pyramid inch by inch as they add more blocks on top for you to climb. And as you climb the blocks they charge you more fees. And if you ask why you will get platitutes instead of answers. Worst school ever. I deeply regret taking a year off from work to get my degree over a year has passed and I still cant even get them to agree on what courses I need to take. What a total failure.