Review Averages: 7.2 out of 10 (110 reviews)Excelsior College (formerly known as Regents College) was founded by the New York State Board of Regents in 1971 and was chartered as a private, nonprofit college by the Regents in 1998. Excelsior’s degree completion program lets students apply prior college credits and military credits toward Excelsior College bachelor’s degrees in business, health sciences, liberal arts, nursing, and technology. Excelsior’s nursing program is especially renowned.
Accreditation: Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Excelsior College Reviews:
45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Not a scam
November 2, 2011
I had been an LPN for many years and could not work full time and go to a traditional school. I went to this program and graduated with an AAS in Nursing. I passed my clinicals the 1st time! if you prepare for the clinicals, study exactly what they tell you to study, you can pass the first time! I hate reading some of the reviews that say this is a scam...IT IS NOT A SCAM AND CAN BE DONE! The ones that don't pass weren't prepared and now they want to blame the college! I took my NCLEX AND PASSED THE 1st time too! I have been an R.N. for 6 years, and could not have done it without Excelsior College!
45 of 57 people found the following review helpful
November 22, 2010
I'm an LPN and took the online program. I took 14 subjects and a clinical. As a single parent, I worked two jobs to pay Excelsior. After paying them $12,000 cash, no loans, no government assitance. They gave me the materials, told me what to study and learn. Then failed me for petty things at the clinical. I did the whole program, jumped through hoops, paid and took new programs as they kept adding to wait i needed to do to graduate, but they failed me anyway. They were unfair, unreasonable, and greedy. As they failed me, they gave me an application to pay another $2,000 to apply to do another clinical in 6 months. I believe I gave them the money they wanted for a nursing education, but no degree because i didn't wash my hands before entering a closet the hallway outside a patient room. I didn't harm a patient. In fact, i didn't even get to meet the patient. There wer 8 of us testing that weekend. 1 student passed. This school needs to be investigated for their unfair practices. For selling products that the consumer cannot use. 12K invested, and I'm still an LPN. I'm exactly where I started 2 years ago. and I'm not the only one.
34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Madison CPNE Nursing
January 22, 2011
Don't spend your time or money unless you plan to finish your ADN by paying for the final Exam at one of their "teaching" hospitals at least twice. The exam process - Labs are not difficult but are EXTRAORDINARILY SUBJECTIVE and set for failure if you are taking the test for the first time. The PCS(s) are also not difficult but again if you are only paying for the first time - plan on paying a second time before you pass - Very unlikely you will pass on the first time. Interruptions were continuous from the "lead" instructor throughout my process. He was a very high strung and arrogant CA, the regular instructors were continuously second guessed and interrupted as well. My Fail of the first PCS was on a misspelled word which the CE stated was not an issue and the CA stated failure for that reason anyway. He thought Asthma was spelled asthna....so that gives you an idea of just how subjectively knit picky they can be. All other aspects of the entire care plan and critical elements were more than satisfactory as stated by my CE. 6 Students were going to one facility and all were on their second time - they all passed the first night without repeat. The 6 students I was with had no successes and of course we had not yet paid FOR THE SECOND TIME YET - I am certain some of them will - I will not and am now discontinuing any further education through excelsior for this reason. This is very doable if you have the time and CASH$$$$$$ to repeat the program. Even when taking into account the second and third time taking it, there is only a 60% pass rate. I don't know the pass rate for first timers but I am betting it is around 10%. I have two other degrees from excelsior and two from othe institutions that are not extension or online programs and it pains me to say - DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY HERE UNLESS YOU HAVE ALOT OF IT TO WASTE!!!! And.... Mr Gump with two "R"'s you and excelsior know who I am talking about... Get Real...You are the most high strung, rude, ego centric "instructor" I have ever met. Sorry your life has not been going well but we are people too. Personally you treated me like less than a pre-schooler; although I wouldn't have expected the rudeness and anger and obvious dissatisfaction in your own life to have shown so extensively toward a 3-5 year old child the way it did when you spoke AT me in such a disrespectful and disregarding manner. i truly hope Excelsior faculty will read this as well as anyone planning to waste their valuable time and resources in pursuit of this program. I was very well prepared and am no stranger to study. I am 50 years old and planned to excel in this new career path as I have done in my previous endeavors but not at the loss of my integrity. I am more upset about the treatment by this "Instructor" than the loss of the money and time. All any of us were looking for was a fair shake and it was OVERTLY obvious that all this instructor was looking for was JOB SECURITY by way of continued attrition and repeated PAYMENT!! Shame on you and Shame on Excelsior!!!
33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Please, please, please, don't go there.
April 19, 2012
Studying on your own and passing the written exams @ a testing center is OK. But the staff of Excelsior College knows they will get you @ the CPNE, their so-called "Clinical" testing. It's a RIDICULOUS SCAM. It is not an objective exam but completely subjective. If the CE said you did something wrong, there is no way to prove her wrong. Why? Because she has a master degree and you are only a "student nurse". If you don't believe me, do what we all do. Exchange e-mail with the other students you will meet in the lobby and after the exam, see how many pass. In my two former attempts, it was 0. If they would take only your $2000.00, that would be OK but they are also trying to take your pride. How can an exam be based on the slightest thing you do wrong when you are a nervous wreck "student nurse"? As a student, I can fail any CE with master or not because a human being is always going to do something wrong.
33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Excelsior College: An Unforgettable Experience
December 12, 2011
I enrolled with Excelsior College with the hopes of being near graduation by the end of a year. Imagine my surprise when I was holding my RN license in my hand exactly 10 months from the date of my first exam!! The mound of support from people that you may never meet is overwhelming. Going through each exam with others with identical goals, triumphs, and tribulations made this experience one-of-a-kind. Being disciplined is a must, as there is no one to force you to study in distance learning. And there is a lot of reading and studying. No college is 'giving' away degrees. It has to be and it will be earned. As far as the CPNE at the end, Excelsior provides you with step-by-step instructions on how to pass the exam, including information on available workshops and materials needed for success. I, along with many others, passed on the first attempt. So do NOT be discouraged by the negativity about this exam. It can be done if you pay attention. I gave a score of 1 on the teachers because, in distance education, there are no teachers or classrooms...only online friends for support and yourself. So,if you need a fast track to your degree or if you need to slow it down a bit, Excelsior College is the one for you!
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I PASSED CPNE-YOU MUST STUDY THEIR WAY
August 8, 2012
I will be graduating Excelsior's bridge program for Associate Degree in Nursing in a few days. I have to say that I first and foremost saw the people I tested with, some failed, some passed. You MUST study what excelsior offers you to pass. Some people never even read the study guide before going, nor do they practice their labs! It's just like any other school, THEIR way or NO WAY. PERIOD. You wouldnt go take a final exam without studying the final review, so why go take the CPNE without memorizing the study guide for it, and taking the offered support workshops? I took an excelsior workshop, was on a free yahoo group with other students called freehelpexcelsior and I passed first time, no repeats! Even if the CE says you did something wrong, and tries to fail you, if you know that study guide, then you can stand on that, and they can not fail you! its simple- You have the ammuntion, use it. Love it, will continue on with my bachelors through them. YOu can do it! I've seen it done. I did it. You can too.!
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Unrealistic Perfection with CPNE
July 20, 2012
My CPNE experience started at Chambersburg with 9 LPN's, 5 who were repeat testers. Being a retester myself I was more than prepared for my 2nd go around. 5 of the 9 failed some of the labs the first evening. The labs are simple skills, there is no teaching involved, you either know how to do the skill the "Excelsior way", perfectly or you fail. By the morning of the third day there were 3 of us present to start the final day of patient testing. By the end of the day I was the only LPN who passed the CPNE. I, myself, had to argue with the examiner and the CA over the idenification process I used for my first pt. or I also would have failed. I checked the ID band then when back to the PCS form and compared the name and birthday. No where does it say that you must have you PCS paper in your hand when you check the pt. ID band but I was going to fail because of that anyway. The whole testing process expects unrealistic perfection with examiners who aren't always giving you their undivided attenton. I had examiners scan wrong meds, scan wrong pts. and gave me info from the wrong pts. chart. But those mistakes were overloooked. You are a student and should be treated like one. There should be some element of teaching by these "Masters" nurses. I realize this is only one weekend but no human is that perfect. Maybe an element of scoring with marks off for mistakes, graded according to severity would help. I'm not saying to give a passing grade away but when you have a pass/fail of 10% passing there is definitely something wrong. Unless you are someone who thrives on perfection and unbelievable pressure I suggest looking elsewhere to obtain your RN.
26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
February 1, 2012
I could not have done it any other way. Excelsior was an adult learner's dream school. Just do the learning, and then prove it through testing. I was well prepared for the NCLEX. Passed the first time. Did not buy any books, just borrowed them from libraries. Think I might go on with them for the BSN. Have heard good reviews, and they give a discount to former students! I do not think a motivated adult can go wrong with choosing Excelsior College.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Excelsior College Needs to Change their CPNE Eval
July 18, 2011
Excelsior College is capable of graduating top notch nurses IF you can pass the CPNE. It's very hard not to think that the pass/fail criteria is not a "set up" to make money off of people. Please beware when taking their Clinical Competency exam as there is NO margin for mistake or failure which is very unlike traditional nursing schools. You pay $2000.00 to travel to one of their hospital sites for 2 1/2 days and most likely you will have to repeat it. They classify you as a "graduate nurse" which is suspect considering that you can't graduate before you pass the clinical exam. I just think they REALLY need to change the pass/fail criteria and include some teaching during clinicals since you ARE still really a student during this phase. I would not be surprised when they end up in court over this.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
August 30, 2013
I recently graduated from the excelsior program after being an LPN for 11 years. It was not easy, and I would have been very disappointed if it was. The CPNE is very stressful, and it is not for the timid. After reading post that the program is a scam, I can assure you its not. I passed the CPNE on my first attempt, if I had failed I'm sure I would be upset. This program is not cheap, so paying out of your pocket can be a burden but paying back student loans when you graduate is to. The study guide they give you tells you exactly what to do. If you do it their way you have nothing to worry about. The key is to be prepared their way. I did actually learn alot while preparing for the CPNE and I am looking forward to the potential my upgraded license will bring me.
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