Review Averages: 7.2 out of 10 (113 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:
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.
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 4 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.
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 3 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.
5 of 6 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
nursing - January 8, 2015
Wow. Never before have I heard so many bad reviews about one school. Yes I am an Excelsior ASN program survivor. Though I passed the CPNE on my first try and completed the program myself, I do not recommend it to others either. I also don't recommend getting an ASN from any school now as the trend is toward BSN. When I was much younger I thought four years was too long to go to school. Its amazing how fast 20 years goes by. It took me 3 and 1/2 years to complete my associate degree nursing at Excelsior. I wish now that I would have gone to a traditional bachelor's degree program and not the Excelsior associate degree nightmare, although it helped make me hell of an excellent nurse I must say. But that comes with its own share of problems too. Believe me. Overall you want a degree that's going to open more doors for you career wise so that you won't end up stuck in a work environment you don't want to be in. With a BSN, you can go anywhere and easily advance. Just go through and do those four years. It would be so worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
BS in Liberal Arts, well worth it
Bachelor of Arts and Science in Libral Studies - December 23, 2014
It was over 20 years since I was involved in furthering my education. My current employment allowed for increased promotional opportunities with an accredited degree. After many hours of searching it was Excelsior College that appeared to provide the best opportunity. Many of the courses were challenging and required essays for the mid-term and final exams. With an average grasp of the English language, Grammarly.com, and effective time management skills, the degree was easily worked into my schedule of family and a full time job. The courses were interesting, thought provoking, and enjoyable. My age and life experiences were certainly beneficial and allowed for a much easier writing experience. After taking one 8 week course at a time, 60% paid for by the GI Bill, I received my BS in Liberal Arts in 2.5 years. It also allowed me to be accepted into an on-line Masters Degree program at Arizona State University. I highly recommend Excelsior College, particularly for veterans and law enforcement officers. Excelsior gives the maximum credit for both aforementioned experience than any other school I researched. At the age of 51 I can proudly claim that I am a college graduate, soon to be working on a Masters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beneficial, Accepted and Worthwhile
BS Liberal Studies - November 28, 2014
After years of taking courses at a number of schools but never finishing any degree I found out about Excelsior. It was then called University of the State of New York. I was able to combine my traditional course work with CLEP, DANTES and other testing opportunities to complete an Associates Degree and then a Bachelors Degree. I received several managerial promotions with the airline I worked for that would have never have happened without a degree. Additionally, for those saying the degree is worthless and not accepted by many traditional grauate schools. I did not experience that and was accepted at two traditional programs at excellent schools, one private an one state. My experience has been very good and for adults completing a degree program it is excellent.
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