Excelsior University Reviews of Associates in Nursing

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  • Albany (NY)
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  • Reviewed: 9/15/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I was initially excited about this program being it was flexible online instruction for the already working Nurse. However, one of my instructors (one that used to instruct the old CPNE's the school used to require), would fail people for very petty nick picky things that were not even part of the Rubric we were instructed to follow to a "T." We had to video ourselves completing a head to toe assessment. Shouldn't be that hard considering we are all already Nurses and do this every single day. So, I followed the Rubric which is what they stress we need to do. The Rubric states when assessing pulse make sure we verbalize the rate. The instructor counted it against me for verbalizing the rate, stating we don't check the rate when assessing a pulse??? Then we assess for sensation and if you just "touch" the fingers instead of "rubbing" your finger down theirs you also fail. The later, she will tell you that you need to assess sensation on 3 to 4 fingers instead of one???? Again, Rubric states no such thing nor did we receive any instruction to the expectations before hand. Then at the end when assessing ROM, if you do not do "active" ROM you also fail. Again the Rubric just states ROM, never specified active or passive. Guess we are supposed to read minds. She also failed me because she stated I did not assess the skin turgor in which I definitely did and even verbalized it while I was performing it, reminded her of that in an email and had her re watch my video. She admitted to her mistake, but you see my point here???? You get 2 attempts to get all 32 skills exactly the way she wants them regardless of what the Rubric says and with no prior direction of what her exact expectations are, and that is it. Then you fail the entire class. Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous. This is set up to get more money out of students. This school had this very exact issue when they used to do the CPNE and there were lawsuits. They've just figured out a clever way of incorporating the same thing into a class now. I'm thankful I found out quicker than later. I still wasted about $6000 so far. Could've been way worse. Do not waste your time. What kind of Nursing program operates like this??? There is no contacts for you to contact such as department heads or anything. I have decided to go to"
Brittany Shahan
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"ADN program was horrible. Excelsior told me that it would take 3 months to get scheduled for final 3 day in hospital test (which I had to travel for). In reality, took over a year to get scheduled which put me way behind on my goals. The test wasn't realistic and was only memorization. It was such a poor experience that I haven't wanted to leave a review because I didn't even want to deal with having to think about it. I am in a BSN program online right now with another school and am having an amazing experience and am actually learning practical lessons. I would have made this step way earlier if I wasn't recovering from Excelsior... Awful."
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"The courses take a while 8 weeks each, there is a lot of work to do, but it’s how you learn. 6 week classes would’ve been a little better. Also they don’t give you enough financial aid to cover the cost of textbooks which is extremely expensive for the nursing classes. You need several books with online access and have to pay for 12 month, 24 month, or 36 months, and the longer the access the more expensive."
Tracy Borak
  • Reviewed: 2/23/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior College provided a great way to get my education while balancing work life and home life. Although, it was challenging, the staff was always there to provide support and guidance when I needed it. I plan to go back soon and get my BSN and I am so excited."
Erin D
  • Reviewed: 1/29/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I just want to say that I read some of these reviews and for people to say this school is a scam is RIDICULOUS! I mean the application process to get into the college is pretty spot on for what it requires of you to succeed! Yeah it's expensive but the end outweighed that for me. I did the test out option on the exams so I can't comment on their actual "online" courses. Yes I struggled with obtaining the right stuff to have my CPNE application approved. I suggest reading that WAY ahead of time and having all of your shots up to date.... that was my problem, I had to rush to get it all done. As far as a wait time for my CPNE- I scheduled the same day my application was accepted. And had 3 months to study. I was worried about that but I used pneumonics like all other students have stated. They are what gets you through. I tested in Wisconsin. I passed my first attempt. But let me tell you i was extremely nervous on my first day and failed both PCS..... and I almost quit. I told the Clinical Administrator I wasn't coming back the next day.....but I did. I passed all 3 the second day and I graduated on January 21, 2022!!! Yes it's nerve wracking. But know your pneumonics for every critical element. Always do an apical pulse!!! Learned that the hard way. Wisconsin had great staff and clinical examiners. Yes a few were nasty and I let it get to me my first day. But listen, you will never have to see them again. If you put in the time, you can succeed!!"
Erica Hudson
  • Reviewed: 1/25/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior College have me the opportunity to earn my LPN to RN license without having to give up my career and family life. I did the online class option with cpne and much of it is self taught. If you put in the work and do not make excuses you will be successful. The CPNE was fair and to the point the videos and study material equipped me with everything I needed to be successful in my degree. Passed NCLEX on first try with no problem."
  • Reviewed: 11/15/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"What a joke. A money machine. Regardless of Covid, this college would not allow in person clinicals. So zoom with NO instructional guidance...fail each zoom. With no feedback. Only once said, you forgot to introduce yourself. So next was detailed, with the response..you were too detailed. Never knew what they wanted, all they said was we cant tell you anything. Lost tons of money because this college wanted more and more money for new testing. Spent 20k for 1 yr of college...ended up with NO degree and NO one responded to my concerns. My state ended up not recognizing this on line college. BEWARE....I believe this is criminal!"
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"I started at excelsior as an Lpn with 2 toddlers. I was able to complete all my classes online while working full time as a night nurse. Had baby #3 and just passed my CPNE first attempt! It's not impossible you just have to work and put in the efforts! Trust me! A mom of 3, full time night nurse and I was successful!"
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is an abomination. It is riddled with hidden fees, advertised as "complete your LPN/VPN" in 18 months. This is a LIE; first of all, thousands of students are lured in, yet only "CPNE" skill out sites exist; thus, you do their online courses and Pearson vue CBT tests (their outlines are pretty useless, they provide two practice exams you cannot print out and use as further outlines, and are very ambiguous as to what part of which text is "fair game"). Also, if you experience a problem with login password at pearsonvue, they are no help in rectifying it, yet personvue refers you back to them, making use registration by phonel, costing more, than online. I am out of the program and going to a school where I will actually speak to a real patient; I hate this program and feel it has damaged many people; I do not feel had I remained I would have been a good nurse unless I learned it on the job."
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior college is not a scam. You get exactly what you put into it. I was enrolled in the paramedic to RN program and was successful. Couldn't have been able to do it any other way. I am currently a Family Nurse Practitioner, working on a postmasters certificate in Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Being successful in the program is not based on past experiences in caring for patients, you just have to do what they need you to do to be successful. Follow the rules and you got it."
Patricia Bonner
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have been enrolled for 4 1/2 years and it was a great experience for me. It allowed go to remember how to PUSH THROUGH. I just completed CPNE virtually and successfully passed. I had a lot of family struggles and hardship during those 4 1/2 years which allowed me to pick up where I left off after dealing with family deaths (sister, motherNlaw, brother’s and Father). I paid my annual fee and tested whenever I could which was convenient. The advisors were supportive. I failed the CPNE in person when COVID 19 first hit Néw York in March of 2020, but I wasn’t as prepared as I thought I was with my careplans, the patients were SUPER EASY. I am done now and I really appreciate all the staff at Excelsior College. Read your study guide, watch the Excelsior videos, document just as they say do and YOU CAN DO THIS."
Donna S.
  • Reviewed: 6/9/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"I don not usually leave reviews, but I feel that some of the reviews are unfair. I had a very favorable experience with Excelsior, so much so that I have enrolled again to achieve my BSN. I was able to keep my full time LPN job and work my way through the classes at my pace. At the time of enrollment you were advised how the classes were conducted and that you were basically self teaching. If you did run into difficulty with the subject matter, you could schedule a conference with your teacher. I found the teachers to be passionate about their subjects and truly enjoyed the classes. I did get a little tired of writing and posting, but this was the platform for learning and you know that going in. The worst part of my experience was the wait for the CPNE. I waited 11 months and then was offered a cancellation which I accepted. I spent approximately 30 days of every waking hour preparing for the CPNE. My experience was wonderful and I passed the first time with no repeats!! I was thrilled. If you are committed, you can do this. I have no doubt!!"
Amanda Palmer
  • Reviewed: 6/4/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Choosing to earn my degree online also meant that I was able to work full-time during my degree program. Working a 40-hour work week and motivating myself to complete classwork and study for exams was challenging, but my professors were extremely patient, worked with my schedule, and encouraged me to succeed. Even though my degree program was online, the coursework was rigorous and I felt like it prepared me for a real-world career. Overall, I enjoyed my experience with Excelsior College and I would recommend it to other busy adults or college students looking for an affordable alternative to earning a degree."
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Excelsior College may seem like a time saving godsend but do not waste your time if you intend on pursuing an additional degree. There is a year plus waiting period for your final requirement and it's costly and I just found out that the A and P they offer does not transfer. You will have to take it again with a lab. There are also additional requirements for you to practice in most states other than New York and Washington and California will not even recognize your degree. I met my wife after I had enrolled and was almost done with the degree, she is active duty Navy and if we had gotten stationed somewhere other than Virginia my license would not have been valid, and even Virginia had additional requirements. Do yourself a favor, don't do what I did, if you are in the market for an ADN just go to a local community college, or better yet a university and go straight to your BSN."
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Hi KN Please do not assume that because students did not pass the cpne it means that they did not prepare. I worked very hard and attained/paid other services outside of Excelsior to prepare for the cpne. I did the pilot program and pass part 1. 5 months later I was unsuccessful in passing the other section of the cpne.Note...(I passed the first patient). I was prepared studied, reviewed,the videos, practiced on my children, family, friends, attended the workshop, you name it I did it. I even have friends who have their Masters in nursing give me supplies and practiced with me. They were in shock when I shared with them the reason for me not passing the cpne. It was simply unfair. I realize it's your word against the Examiner. I have been a LPN for years . I did a lot more in myLPN clinical than I did in the cpne. Bridget please please please do not apply to this college! I wish I saw this site and I read all these reviews prior to enrolling but I was going through a horrible divorce and wanted to achieve my RN to take care of my four children. So I enrolled in Excelsior. Huge mistake so please seek out a nursing school that has a "traditional clinical!""
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"First, if you think you are tough minded and the best nurse in the world and this is a challenge you want to make you a better nurse your thinking is wrong on this one. This is a scam! I am a veteran and perform in the world's toughest combat assignments. State side I work in SICU managing vents and various other bypass and ICU equipment for my patients. I also work prn for a critical care staffing agency. In order for my license to be good in all 50 states I was told I had to complete an RN program from an accredited program. On 12/30/19 it will be my 7 year cut off mark with Excelsior. 7 YEARS TO COMPLETE AN ASSOCIATES DEGREE. My book work has been completed for over 2 years! Plain and simple this is a scam! If you are seeking your ASN or ADN in nursing DO NOT enroll into this program. The wait periods between classes are months and the final weekend CPNE is YEARS waiting along with nothing more than tricks and guaranteed ways to fail you. The CPNE is not $1,200 it is now $2,995 and they get their money YEARS before you get your weekend and it shows. It cannot be stated in enough ways of how big of a scam this is. Read the reviews and google all the companies like I did that are making money off students to teach them the tricks and the cheats on how to pass the CPNE. This is not a quality program it is a scam!"
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"So I had an okay experience at Excelsior. While I don't agree that the school is a complete rip off I have to agree that it does feel like it at times. The school is very clear that it is self-guided and mostly self-taught. It is up to each individual to stay motivated, study and find outside resources to be successful if needed- not everyone is able to do it. Going into the program I was a paramedic for 1 year and held a BS in Health promotion science. Half of my sciences were 'expired' so I had to retake them, but the knowledge was still there as I had been working in healthcare all along so I did good. The nursing core are not terrible, I made it my goal to test out of a class every 6 weeks, which I was able to do after studying about 6-8 hrs a week. The FCCA are two different sections that are all about testing your ability to apply the knowledge you have learned into different written scenarios. Not horrible, but you have to be a good test taker. The CPNE on the other hand in my opinion could use some revamping as 18hrs or so are not enough to evaluate the quality of a candidate, but to be fair most candidates show up unprepared. It is by far the worst part for many reasons, however once you get to it it isn't that bad. I signing up for all sites (they had 9 at the time), and I also signed up for cancelation dates which essentially means that you could be called up on a short notice anywhere in the country. It took about 6 months before I started receiving offers for cancelation dates. Some where nearby other's were far-away , but they were all unrealistic because I hadn't been studying which was 100% my fault. Eventually, I was able to make friends with a group of exelcior students through Facebook who lived near by, and started studying with them. We pooled our resources and knowledge together and began untangling the CPNE. We studied together at least once or twice a week. Within two weeks I got another cancelation date that 6 weeks out at a site 3 hrs away by car - I took it. I put myself in overdrive and I studied daily as much as I could, I even cut down on work and put some basic necessities on my credit card. I was the first to test in the group. The first night at the CPNE I failed one of the labs, for not wasting meds properly. I was sad and disappointed, but I got myself together and the second and third day passed everything w/o any repeats. While I was there at no moment I felt like they were trying to jam me up. I was out of there by 9am on Sunday. The CPNE doesn't test your ability to be a nurse it test your attention to detail and your ability to follow instructions. I would not recommend this school to most, but it is certainly doable, and cheap. One year later all 5 of us are licensed RNs."
Charlotte Rodgers
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"Warning Do not Go to Excelsior college for nursing!!! After taking about a .year and a 1/2 to complete the course work you have to complete a weekend clinical. It takes another year to be scheduled. Had to travel to utica ny from Fl at a cost of 1000 hotel airfare car rental. The clinical piece sets you up for failure from the beginning. You have to give meds within 35 minutes in lab portion which is far harder then it should be. This includes dose calculation research of med, documentation and giving meds. I was not able to complete in 35 minutes and automatic failure. Wait another year at a cost of another two or three thousand."
Ricky Epps
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"Fact is that there are over 13 states and counting that will not allow Excelsior College grads to sit for the nclex RN, others require you to take additional training. Excelsior College credit doesn't transfer anywhere -- even community colleges won't take it. a complete waste of time and money. They have a terrible pass rate - and don't provide labs for A&P and Microbiology Complete and utter rip off -- and if you think that employers don't consider you defective as a Excelsior College grad --think again -- I paid a couple thousand for worthless classes that only other fake schools will accept."
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2019
  • Degree: Nursing
"This school is a SCAM! FINALLY got a CPNE date for clinical after almost 2 years waiting. Failed on every technicality the Inspector could get me on. None of it had to do with patient care. It all had to do with them just finding something anything to fail me on. I picked up the wrong pen from a desk and realized it wasn’t mine so I dropped it and was scolded and told dropping a pen on a desk was a sign of aggression and intimidation. It was actually a sign of how stressed I was and afraid I’d be failed for using a pen I had not sterilized before touching it to contaminate it again. If you touch a table you better have cleaned it after, When you wash your hands remember it is a FULL minute and if the paper towel is hanging out of the holder too close to the counter top surface (within 4”) you fail for contamination if you use it! If you pull it off wash your hands AGAIN! Write clearly if you don’t and they misread and they will intentionally you are failed. You will see the Inspector make several mistakes trying to distract you or make you try and relax thinking your not under the microscope. Make no mistake you are ALWAYS under the microscope. Need to go pee no problem the Inspector will follow you and inspect bathroom before and after you use it. If you use bathroom wash hands before touching the patient. Gel is fail you have to wash your hands in and out of the room EVERY TIME. Assigned wound care, if you use the bedside table you have to wipe it down like preparing it for surgery before you contaminate it with the outside of the wound care kit that contains sterile equipment inside of it. Make sure you wipe the table down again after or it’s a FAIL. PICC lines are okay to touch the op site cover with bare hand. Touch an op site over a peripheral IV and your done FAIL! Gloves must be worn to touch an IV but not a PICC, make sense of that one! List a delegated task to an LPN and don’t have one assigned to your patient, FAIL. Same for a CNA. Document I/O that LPN or CNA told you FAIL didn’t see it it’s falsification of medical records, FAIL. Make sure you get in the habit of checking and verifying the patient name and DOB everytime you walk in and MAKE SURE everything you do you announce it verbally and make eye contact with the inspector to verify she heard and is watching or you guessed it FAIL. As I said, this program is designed to make the nurse fail by using tricks, stress, intimidation, and bias opinions. If you are repeating a PCS on Sunday your screwed. They will find a reason ANY reason to fail you so they can go home."