School of Nursing
Accredited and Recognized
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.
Our nursing degree programs are specifically designed to serve individuals with significant experience in clinically oriented health care disciplines.
At the associate degree level, Excelsior offers a competency-based distance learning program. Associate degree students without licensure are prohibited from performing many clinical activities in their usual work setting. This is in contrast to students in campus-based instructional programs, who can engage in such learning activities under an exempt clause in the Nurse Practice Act. This clause enables them to perform patient care under faculty supervision. Students without a registered nursing license enrolled in Excelsior College are not eligible to practice under this clause, except during the actual administration of the Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination. All students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees in nursing at Excelsior College have a current license to practice as a registered nurse, and may, therefore, work within the scope of their license while engaging in educational endeavors.
While it is possible for some associate degree nursing students to learn the necessary nursing competencies in a learning laboratory and through observation, it is extremely difficult to do so. Students with a limited background in nursing or a related health care discipline are best advised to attend an instructional program. There is no clinical instruction in any of the Excelsior nursing programs.
Excelsior College is not associated with, nor does it endorse, any external organization, external firm, or group that provides theoretical and clinical learning opportunities for students. Learning opportunities and resources are provided by the College and are described on our program pages.
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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.