School of Nursing

We Are the World's Largest Educator of Nurses at a Distance

Excelsior College nursing programs are designed to help broaden individual horizons, to assist in the development of intellectual curiosity and inquiry, and to provide opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to reach your personal and nursing career goals.

Accredited and Recognized

Our history of recognized commitment to quality and flexibility in nursing education explains why we have the largest nursing degree program in the United States. Our nursing degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC). The National League for Nursing (NLN) designated our School of Nursing as a 2011-2016 NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

Choose from nursing programs at the associate, bachelor, and master level and certificate programs that are sure to tap into a specialty you feel passionate about.

Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

It is my pleasure to share these policy briefs prepared by CAEL.

Competency-Based Degree Programs in the US: Postsecondary Credentials for Measurable Student Learning

This policy brief (PDF) identifies how competency-based or competency-focused models are being used to help adults achieve educational goals and help achieve a more highly educated workforce.

The Excelsior School of Nursing is identified as a successful program employing a competency-based curriculum. National and state policy changes are recommended to help create a more welcoming environment for competency-based approaches to education

Strategies to Produce New Nurses for a Changing Profession

This policy brief (PDF) on innovation in nursing education informs stakeholders and policy makers in the arena of nursing education about important factors influencing the profession.

We are excited about the current national focus on nursing education and look forward to ongoing dialog as we work together to shape the future of nursing across our country and the globe.

Innovation in Maryland Nursing Education to Meet Anticipated Demand: Policy Strategies to Support Advances in Educating and Building the Nursing Workforce

The policy brief (PDF) provides critical information for assuring an adequate and well-prepared nursing workforce in Maryland and across the country. It is great to see Excelsior College in the spotlight once again. Even 40 years after its inception, our competency-based associate degree in nursing program remains among the top innovators in nursing education in the world.


Mary Lee Pollard, PhD, RN, CNE
Dean, Excelsior College School of Nursing

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Honor Society of Nursing

We also sponsor the Tau Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the international honor society of nursing, whose vision is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

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