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  • Excelsior Fee Changes
    Excelsior has changed some of their fees. Click here to see the new fees...

  • Community Health Nursing Examination
    The Community Health Nursing Examination will be replaced by the Community-Focused Nursing Examination on October 1, 2007. If you maintain enrollment in the baccalaureate nursing program and have already taken this requirement, you will not be impacted by this change in the curriculum. If you have not yet completed this requirement, but plan to take the examination before September 30, 2007 you may prepare for the current Community Health Nursing examination using the study guide available online on the Excelsior College Publications Request page.

    If you plan to complete this requirement after September 30, you will be taking the Community-Focused Nursing examination and should prepare with the new content guide, which will be posted on our Web site in July 2007. If you have questions about this change to the curriculum, please contact your academic advisor via the MyEC Message Center..

  • Reminder of upcoming Changes to the ADN program
    The Nursing concepts theory examinations will change, including the number of examinations in the Associate Degree in nursing programs.
    • There will be 8 exams instead of 7 (Nursing Concepts 3 will be split into 2 courses)
    • The number of credits earned for each examination will change from 4 to 3
    • The total number of credits earned by theory examinations will decrease from 28 to 24 (eight exams at three credits each for a total of 24).
    Excelsior College is also introducing the new Focused Clinical Competencies Assessment (FCCA). This is a 4-credit, 3-part clinical competency assessment of skills related to head-to-toe assessment, managing multiple patients, and interaction with an interdisciplinary health care team. These changes apply to students enrolling AFTER October 1, 2007. Click here for more details if you are a prospective student and here if you are enrolled in Excelsior College.... (May/2007)

  • Rhode Island lifts restrictions.
    Rhode Island no longer has any restrictions for Non-LPNs. (March/2007)

  • Help for the CPNE.
    We recommend Clinical Prep Exam for help preparing for the CPNE. Click here to find out more. (February/2007)

  • Vermont Residents and Excelsior College
    There are new requirements for students graduating from Excelsior College who reside in the state of Vermont. You will need to take your state boards outside the state of Vermont and work 480 clinical hours (roughly 12 weeks) before you can transfer your RN licensure into the state of Vermont. (November/2006)

  • Excelsior has changed Nursing Concepts 2 Examination requirements
    The Nursing Concepts 2 exam can be waived if you hold a current and valid US Licensed Practical Nurse or Licensed Vocational Nurse license. If however, you have taken the Nursing Concepts 2 or Commonalities in Nursing Care Area B examination and have failed it, credit for this examination will not be awarded. Your Academic Advisor will verify your LPN/LVN license and add the credit for the Nursing Concepts 2 examination to your status report. (September/2006)

  • Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) Update
    South Carolina and New Hampshire joined 18 other states when they implemented the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) earlier this year. The NLC was created by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing in 1997 to ease barriers for nurses who are licensed in one state and want to practice in another state.

    Because of the growing nursing shortage, more states have agreed to offer reciprocity for RNs, LPNs and LVNs from member states. Colorado, Kentucky, and New Jersey have also enacted the NLC, but have yet to pass it into law. For more details, visit the National Council website . (8/2006)

  • Change to ADN Eligibility:
    Chiropractors will no longer be accepted into the Excelsior College ADN program effective September 1, 2006. A chiropractor must apply and enroll prior to this date in order to complete this program. (8/2006)

    Any student planning to enroll in the Excelsior ADN program based on completion of 50% of the clinical hours in a traditional program now has a time limit that will affect their enrollment into Excelsior. Your last nursing course must have been taken within the last five years. (8/2006)

  • Maryland ADN Excelsior Students:
    In order to sit for Maryland State Boards, you must be enrolled into Excelsior College no later than July 25, 2006 and graduate no later than December 31, 2007. (8/2006)

  • Important Message Regarding Planned Revisions to the ADN Curriculum
    Both enrolled and prospective associate degree in nursing (ADN) students should be made aware of possible changes to the Excelsior College program that will affect them. To find out more, click on whichever link best describes the type of student you are: (8/2006)
    ADN Revisions Letter for Prospective Students (PDF)
    ADN Revisions Letter for Enrolled Students (PDF)

  • Colorado ASN Graduates sitting for boards:
    Anyone registered before January 1, 2006 will be grandfathered in with no changes to them as long as they keep their registration with Excelsior active by paying the applicable maintenance fee each year. Those who complete an Associate Degree and are not LPNs will need 750 additional clinical hours. Those who complete an Associate Degree and are LPNs will need 350 additional clinical hours. The state of CO is currently working on a plan to make those additional clinical hours available. (9/2005)

  • Kansas Residents:
    Check with the Kansas State Board of Nursing about additional clinical hours needed. (9/2005)

  • Excelsior Fee Change:
    Excelsior College test fees (ECE) wll increase to $165-$430 effective July 1, 2005. Other fees for Excelsior College will be increasing. See the new fees here... (June/2005)

  • Effective September 1, 2004:
    Excelsior College will no longer accept CMAs or Surgical Techs into the nursing program. If a student is planning to gain admission to the nursing program using CMA or Surgical Tech credentials, they must submit an undergraduate application (with verifying documentation) by September 1, 2004. If the prospective student is accepted for admission, the student must enroll with the College by November 1, 2004. (March/2004)

  • Excelsior College Changes:
    If you are earning your BSN Degree through Excelsior College and DO NOT PLAN TO GRADUATE before December 31, 2004, you should NOT take Health Support A or Professional Nursing: Issues and Concepts. These exams are being replaced. Please begin with another BSN exam. (March/2004)

  • California Residents:
    The California Board of Nursing will not accept ADN degrees from Excelsior College School of Nursing students who enrolled on or after December 6, 2003. (March/2004)

  • Effective January 1, 2004:
    Students enrolled after this date in the associate degrees in nursing will be required to earn 31 semester hours of credit in general education. The new credit allocations reflect the introduction of the information literacy requirement. There is no change in the credit allocation for the baccalaureate degree programs. Information pulled from the Excelsior College Nursing Catalog Addendum. (March/2004)

  • Effective Immediately:
    Non-RNs are no longer accepted into the Excelsior BSN program. To be accepted in the program, a student must complete the Excelsior associate degree program first, then pass the NCLEX to receive RN certification. (February/2004)

  • Nursing courses share textbooks helping you save money. As you continue to purchase nursing courses, notice that you may already have some of the required textbooks. Do not purchase textbooks that you already own. Simply buy the online study course and get started. See the list of courses and textbooks...

  • Effective September 3, 2003:
    The Basic and Intermediate EMT certification will not meet Excelsior College's admission requirements. After that date, you must hold a Paramedic level certification in order to be admitted. more details

  • Effective January 1, 2003:
    Individuals relying on EMT certification at the Basic or Intermediate level as a means to earn admission to the Excelsior College School of Nursing must meet the following qualifications.
    1. An EMT must hold a current state or national EMT certification AND
    2. Must have completed, post certification, at least 1,000 hours of direct patient care under the supervision of a licensed health care professional.

    All applications for admission from persons relying on EMT certification as the means of earning admission to the Excelsior College School of Nursing that are postmarked after December 31, 2002, must be accompanied by a notarized affidavit attesting to that individual's completion of the required 1,000 hours of supervised, direct patient care. The required form for certifying experience is available from the College.

  • Changes in BSN Program
    When you enroll or transfer into the RN Completion Program or the current BSN degree program, there are three new course requirements to be met:
    • Ethics (general education, min. 2 sem. hrs.)
    • Upper Level Expository Writing (gen. ed., min. 3 sem. hrs.)
    • Management in Nursing (nursing, min. 4 sem. hrs.)

    The examination for Management in Nursing will be available in April 2002.

    As of Sept. 1, 2001, students enrolled in the Excelsior college BSN program must complete their degree requirements within 10 years of enrollment. BSN students enrolled before Sept. 1, 2001 are required to finish all their degree requirements no later than August 31, 2011.

  • You can take Nursing Concepts 1 and 2 prior to enrollment. You must enroll in Excelsior College in order to take any of the remaining nursing courses.

  • The tests for Differences C and Occupational Strategies will not be offered after September 30, 2002. They will be changing to Nursing Concepts 6 and Nursing Concepts: Foundation of Professional Practice. If the tests are taken before the deadline, you will have to be enrolled by February 1, 2003.