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I did it online, and had a great experience. The guidance counselors were helpful, and the courses I took were educational, informative, and interesting. I would definitely recommend Excelsior College as an option for those looking to attend an online college.
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.
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.
Excelsior College is great for a student who wants the flexibility of going to school online. While the material was at times challenging, the process was very simple. If I could change one thing about this school, I would add a video segment to make the instruction more personable. I never even spoke to my instructors and I did not like that. Though the education was adequate the networking potential was lacking.
Excelsior did a great job at meeting my needs. I was overseas and they had helped facilitate a satellite school. I needed a degree to enter the workforce and they made it possible. Further, I had gone to religious schools for 8 years and had a wealth of knowledge that I could apply to life but not to a degree - until Excelsior made it possible. They have been very responsive as far as my IT needs. They were great at every step.
Excelsior College's Associates in Nursing is misleading. Talk about a shortage in nursing, well this school is contributing to the shortage. How? By not being prepared to accommodate students who are at the end of the program and awaiting a CPNE date. The school has not done enough to have sites all over the country that can accommodate students. Because of this many LPNs have missed out on promotion opportunities at work. The CPNE testing is too subjective and it costs thousands. The school will not entertain students' suggestion to come up with an alternative to the CPNE structure such as having you do a certain amount of clinical hours of on the job or volunteering at other institutions and receiving credit. Because the credits are not transferable, you are held hostage in this degree program. Good think some people have bachelors degrees in another field so they can go on a pursue a Masters in a health related field like a health administration or public health. I was satisfied with the school up to this point, and the fact that they are inflexible makes matters worse. The nursing program should not be accredited by the ACEN because it does not meet the needs of students.