Review Averages: 7.2 out of 10 (116 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:
nursing - July 20, 2015
I understand the concept of Excelsior. Licensed practical nurses who already have several years working experience as a nurse would not necessarily need to go to a community college and start learning how to be a nurse from scratch all over again. Those with no prior nursing experience who are not already licensed nurses would not be appropriate for Excelsior. Excelsior builds on previous knowledge and upgrades the LPN skills to that of an RN. Its an extremely difficult program from start to finish, even the online portion. Definitely not something I would do again. But it is a quicker option for LPNs that are going to stay in their practice setting and advance to an RN. I worked at a local general hospital as an LPN for a few years through a temp agency before completing Excelsior LPN to RN. Its a good program if you do it their way and you can pass the CPNE. If you do decide to do it, please don't get rapped up in outside publishing companies. Their materials are really substandard and their is no comparison to Excelsior books and online resources. Trust me. working out here in the real world, and even to pass the NCLEX-RN, you will need every bit of that theoretical information. Brunner & Suddarth's is a must along with the other books. When in doubt, call Excelsior and speak to them directly. They may not tell you what you want to hear, but they will tell you right. As far as CPNE workshops, Sherri Taylors is good and so is Excelsior's. I did them both. Youtube has a lot of info and practice for CPNE too. Its not something I would do again. There are licensing restrictions by some states and California state board will no longer license nor endorsee Excelsior RN grads. It also may be harder to find a job as an Excelsior RN. The job market is very competitive and the traditional students will have first preference sometimes. But if you choose to do it, get all you can out of it. Its ultimately your decision. So do you boo. ;)
Excelsior College RN program should be for Licensed Practical Nurses and Parametics only.
nursing - July 16, 2015
Excelsior College should only admit LPNs to its program, as an LPN is already a nurse and usually has several years of clinical nursing experience and are prepared to easily transition into med-surg. Paramedics should also be allowed as they are already experienced in some aspects of critical care. Excelsior recommended nursing textbooks and online conferences should be a requirement for its students. Publishing companies such as Rue, College Network and such of the like really disservice students as they lose the depth of that strong nursing theory base. Don't waste your time with that nonsense. Also, the excelsior books have case studies in them and links to online case studies and interactive practice and learn exercises, skills videos, NCLEX-RN test bank and the list goes on. Brunner & Suddarth's Medical Surgical Nursing cannot be matched. Smith Duel and Martin Basic to Advance Nursing Skills and Taylor's Clinical Nursing Skills also a must have. Look at those Excelsior Study Guides for each exam and get those books and read them, even if you have to go to the library to get them. Absorb all you can from the online conferences or courses. There's a lot of hidden treasures in that stuff. If you do this, you will pass every Excelsior exam and the NCLEX-RN on the first try. As far as the CPNE, you MUST open Excelsior College study guide, practice and study it. Become it. Sherri Taylor has a wonderful CPNE workshop. Look her up on Youtube.
nursing - July 3, 2015
I must say that for well motivated person, Excelsior is a nice school. I did my associate nursing between October 2007 and August 2008, after being frustrated in a so called nursing class. Bright student who are failed for their accent and skin color have found Excelsior a blessing. I was academically smart though, so if you are struggling then their program in nursing requires real critical thinking, okey. I am doing my MSN with them, and so far I am happy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Quit complaining people
nursing - June 13, 2015
I am a 2000 ASN graduate of the College and have been working as an RN since that time-previously I was an LPN for 12 years-honestly, the CPNE was while challenging not all that hard for a well prepared student/LPN to pass-I studied the guide and it memorized and worked with other RN's including shadowing one at a local hospital for a day and working with RN's to write care plans. I felt the instructors were fair and were eager to help and they wanted you to pass. I was complimented on my care plans and using care plans many students do not use-I was proactive, I asked my charge nurses questions on my patients and I used reference materials. I also spoke up to my instructors when I was unable to perform a certain part of an assessment and gave them the reason why and they were supportive. There was even a question on my last patient and they conferred and passed me. I passed the first time-only one other in my group passed and I can tell you why the others failed-never looked at their CPNE book, did not prepare, etc. I am now working as an assessment nurse at a local nursing home submitting clinical assessments for reinbursment to the state-I have just again signed up to pursue my BSN degree and while overwhelmed at first I know I can do this-I have support and the BSN team has been a great support-so people get over it! There is a reason you did not pass the CPNE-maybe if you studied more-this is not something that can be handed to you-you must study and prepare-this program works great for those already working in the field and can apply every day experiences but again my must work and study to gain what you want.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nothing has changed
nursing - June 12, 2015
I graduated from EC in 2006. I should have graduated in 2004. However, I failed the CPNE. Then had to wait 18 months to take it again. All while doing nothing other than waiting. I took all of the classes at EC using my LPN textbooks. I never bought one of their books. I printed out the outline for the classes and created a study guide using it. I also took classes at a local college for general ed classes. Everything went wonderful, until I took the CPNE. it was a complete nightmare. I failed a patient because the instructor said I didn't wash my hands when I entered the room. ( I most certainly did)... and I failed the second one because the instructor said I gave a medication without checking the patients name band (bullshit). It was a total money scam. Did i finally pass?? yess... did I pass my boards... yes.... I also had been an LPN for 5 years before that, graduated LPN schooling with honors, worked in a busy ER as an LPN, and then became a flight nurse after getting my RN. I am not a dumb nurse. I am actually certified with so much alphabet soup behind my name (RN, PHRN, CFRN, and certified in ACLS, PALS, NRP, CPR, ITLS, NIHSS). Point being, the test did not measure any nursing knowledge... only if you could be trained like a monkey in a tree. Each time you take the test you pay more money... and have to wait to reschedule... it was TERRIBLE. I was done with everything as far as nursing classes and gen eds in 10 months... then it was another 18 months before i graduated due to the CPNE. COMPLETE RIP OFF AND NIGHTMARE.... I do not recommend this place to anyone. I am going elsewhere to obtain my BSN.. I could only imagine what kind of ridiculousness they have in store for those who attempt to continue with EC for the BSN program.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excelsior one of the worst experiences of my life
nursing - May 5, 2015
I made it through the program in less than a year. There is no financial aid. I paid for it all on my own. Then came the CPNE. One of six nurses on my cohort passed the CPNE. That's 17%. I am already a working LVN who graduated from a traditional LVN program as Valedictorian with a 4.0. I have completed all of my BSN prerequisites with a 3.9 GPA. At work, I float to ICU, ER, Tele, Med-Surge and other departments. I have years of experience and am a highly-awarded nurse who helps train other nurses. The Excelsior CPNE is one of the worst experiences of my life. The instructors are NOT helpful. I did not receive a SINGLE report from ANY nurse who worked at the hospital. I did NOT see a SINGLE patient. The Excelsior leader on site criticized all of my care plans, including one that used the exact criteria of the patient's nurse. After I made an argument to accept my third care plan, the leader had the nurse educator add a line to her critique to disqualify that argument as well. Upon walking me out, the "leader" gave me a letter and said "when you come back to try again" ... It's a money-making scam. Sure, a handful of people pass, but not many. I'm a pretty smart guy. The CPNE has nothing to do with knowledge or talent. It's about memorizing their 500-page manual and doing whatever the leader decides needs to be done that day. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do NOT spend your time and money on Excelsior. It is NOT worth the trouble or tension. It is a terrible experience. Do yourself a favor and find something else. Excelsior is a money pit and the CPNE managers are cold, cruel and not helpful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You can pass CPNE
nursing - April 14, 2015
I passed the CPNE on the second try. The real secret is that you must basically memorize the study guide. Which is a 500 page document. If you do that then you will not fail. Everything you need to do or not do is in that book.I would also suggest obtaining outside nursing materials. Another thing I did it the second time was I got friends to play the role of a patient so I was comfortable in that atmosphere. I did the role-playing multiple times with other people. It really helped a lot. Lastly, I would say you must be very focused, serious,humble and professional when interacting with the nurse examiners. Do not debate them on any issue whatsoever. But you literally must memorize the study guide. I read it for six months and made extensive notes, flashcards, and did a lot of research. The last key I would sayis to become an expert at care plans the way that they want you to do them. Do as many as you can and submit them all. Do the phone coaching appointments. All of them! Have a list of questions and scenarios ready when they call you. Best of luck.! It can be done. It is definitely not easy.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
nursing - March 2, 2015
We have spent a lot of money at Excelsior. Took the clinicals 3 times=$7500. Materials that were not even helpful throughout the class portion$$$$$$$ The class portion was easy. Register for a test and be done.$$$$$$ more money for each test!!! Failed the first few times of clinicals due to nervousness or silly mistakes. It has nothing to do with the materials they give you to study, that was the easy part, it was nerves and everyday mistakes people make. They are quick to judge and not let you think through things. I am finally done and now I have another$$$$700$$$ graduation fee. For what?? We started with them so we will finish with them was our motto the whole time. You get stuck! It has been a 4 year process, because if you fail the clinicals it takes a year to get in. We even moved our life because this program wasn't offered in CA and we got such good word about. I highly recommend no one falls into this scam. It is a big waste of money!!!!!! Just go to a local city college.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I am so tired of hearing about this no clinical nonesense.
nursing - January 14, 2015
You must have previous healthcare experience as an LPN, US army corpsmen or paramedic to get accepted in the associate degree nursing program at Excelsior. To enroll in a local community college or university other than Excelsior, you need No previous healthcare experience. That's right, zero (0). This is why Excelsior's clinical is a competency based hands on exam. Excelsior builds on prior learning while instilling new learning and validates that via competency assessments by master's and PhD prepared nurses. Its just as safe, if not more, to have an LPN/Medic - RN grad with years of real world experience to take care of patients then it is for a new grad of a local college with no previous healthcare experience to care for patients. If a patient starts to crash, I don't know about you, but my money's on the nurse with the real world experience.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Do Excelsior Nurses have clinical experience?
nursing - January 11, 2015
I'm an Excelsior ASN grad. When I was an ASN student, I had already been working as an LPN in an acute care hospital, nursing homes, clinics and homecare for many years. Being able to insert a Foley, an IV, do EKGs, empty bed pans and change wound dressings is already in the scope of an LPN. That's the easy part. I did a whole year of intense clinical training at my local general hospital for my LPN program. Just merely learning hands on clinical skills is not the only aspect of being an RN. You must have a strong theory base also. You must learn to assess, plan, and implement healthcare (To some degree LPNs must do this too). You must be able to evaluate, report, and intervene when patients have acute changes. That's what makes an RN, being able to assess. Excelsior sharpens those skills to the max. Some of my fellow nurses from traditional programs are not able to do this. They have little to no clinical decision making or assessment skills, and also highly lack hands on skills. They can't insert Foleys, IVs, do EKGs, or take blood pressures, have no concept of sterile and these are basic RN skills. I know those nurses would NOT have a chance of passing the CPNE. They wouldn't even make it through the first lab. I certainly wasn't spoon fed at my clinical exam. I had to know and perform like an RN. On RN orientation at the hospital, It was only a few weeks. Some of the other girls from traditional schools were on orientation for three months and still couldn't catch on. When an acute change or a code would happen, they would stand there and cry or freeze. Who do you think they would run to for help? When they couldn't do a skill, who do you think they would ask? Me, the Excelsior nurse. Of course they would come in cocky with their ego in the clouds, computer savvy, just all that and a bag of chips until they had to function in a real nurse situation. Clinical competence should be as judged on an individual nurse bases, not the school they graduated from. I guess my nursing degree and experience is good for something. There are competent and less competent nurses from every school, that's for sure. We are all at different stages of learning and maturity and it takes all of us working together as a team to get the job done. I also believe in hospitals having residency and orientation programs for nurses.
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