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Advance your education and your career with National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses' educational partner, Excelsior College, an accredited, nonprofit institution.
A national leader in adult education for more than 40 years, Excelsior College offers innovative online and distance education learning opportunities that are specifically designed for working adults. Excelsior has been continuously accredited since 1975 by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). To date, over 42,000 individuals have earned an associate degree in nursing from Excelsior and have gone on to successful careers as registered nurses all across the U.S.
Excelsior's programs enable professionals like you to advance your education, master new skills, and increase your value to your health care organization.
The NFLPN chose Excelsior as an educational partner because we understand the needs of adult learners who are balancing education with jobs, families, and other responsibilities. With our online and distance education learning model, you can work on your Associate degree in nursing around your schedule.
Excelsior has programs for a wide range of educational goals. You can:
- Earn an associate's degree that prepares you for the NCLEX-RN
- Continue pursuing a bachelor's degree, building on previous credits you may have earned at other institutions.
- Earn a graduate degree (three specialization options for a master's degree in nursing).
- Develop specialized skills and leadership qualities through Excelsior's Center for Professional Development.
- Acquire a professional certificate.
Whatever your objective, Excelsior has the right program or courses for you.
Excelsior College and the National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses are partners in promoting student success. Put this partnership to work for you. Contact an Excelsior admissions counselor to find out how Excelsior can move your education and your career forward. Be sure to tell our admissions team that you're with National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses.
Have some college credit already? See how you can transfer them to Excelsior. We'll work with you to find the best pathway for you to complete a degree.
If you are currently serving in the US Military (active duty, national guard and reservists) you will be eligible for an additional reduction in tuition and fees.
About Excelsior College
* According to associate graduates in our alumni outcomes survey, 2012
What you know is more important than where or how you learned it.®
Excelsior College provides educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. The College meets students where they are — academically and geographically, offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.
Excelsior College aspires to be a model university for the 21st Century. Excelsior will:
- be a provider of choice for those who pursue their educational goals in a flexible, individualized manner,
- continue to serve as a cost-effective stimulus for lifelong learning and individual achievement, advocating the assessment of prior learning and aggregation of credit,
- be recognized as an ideal academic collaborator and as a valuable partner in addressing societal and workforce needs.
Programs & Academics
Excelsior College offers degrees in a wide range of disciplines.
A national leader in nursing education, Excelsior's School of Nursing is one of only 20 in the nation to be designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing, a preferred membership organization for nurse faculty and leaders and nurse educators. Excelsior is one of just six current designees that have received this honor three times. Excelsior is recognized for excellence by the National League for Nursing. To date, 42,000 individuals have earned an associate degree in nursing from Excelsior and have gone on to successful careers as registered nurses all across the U.S.
A 2012 report by the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) found that graduates of Excelsior's program pass the NCLEX, the national registered nurse licensing exam, at a rate comparable to that of students from other programs.
Excelsior confers Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees in nursing.
Bachelor’s degrees in health sciences equip Excelsior graduates to become leaders in a dynamic industry.
Excelsior offers more than 14 business and technology degrees, including business, accounting, nuclear technology, computer technology, and cybersecurity.
Excelsior offers multiple degrees in Liberal Arts. Our general Liberal Arts degree is your shortest, straightest path to a degree.
We offer degrees in criminal justice and military studies designed to help leaders prepare for careers in criminal justice, government, not-for-profit management, public administration, and the military.
Excelsior’s online professional development courses and training programs help you acquire leadership skills and stay current with the latest workplace practices, trends, and technologies.
As an accredited, nonprofit institution, Excelsior is ready to match the right program to your academic goals. Contact an admissions counselor to learn more — and be sure to mention that you are with National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses.
Get academic credit for your professional knowledge and experience.
All prospective nursing students must submit an application for admission to the school of Nursing. The associate's degree program is open to licensed practical / vocational nurses, paramedics, selective classifications of military service corpsmen and individuals who hold degrees in clinically oriented health care fields in which they have had the opportunity to provide direct patient care (ie. Respiratory therapists, physician assistants). The necessary documentation such as copies of licenses, certificates and official transcripts must be submitted with the admissions application.
Students have seven years to complete the associate degree in nursing program. The average time to complete for part time students is three years.
The associate degree programs prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for practice in the United States.
If you're pursuing an academic degree from Excelsior College, our generous transfer policies give you a great head start. Your professional skills and training may give you credits so you don't need to take subjects you've already mastered on the job. We help you maximize your credit so that you can complete a degree faster.
In addition to awarding credit for work experience and skills, Excelsior offers transfer credits for:
- Courses you completed at other accredited colleges or universities (even courses you took long ago may be eligible)
- Qualified professional and technical training programs
- Military service
You may already be within a few credits of an associates or bachelor's degree—and the professional rewards you'll gain, such as higher pay and stronger career opportunities.
When you apply to Excelsior College, our admissions team will complete a preliminary transfer credit assessment. Be sure to mention that you're with National Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses. After you're accepted, our academic counselors will help you leverage your transfer credits for the greatest benefit—and get you to a degree as quickly as possible.
Tuition & Financial Aid
NFLPN members can complete their ADn at a reasonable cost.
Because we cater to working adults and nontraditional students, Excelsior College strives to make our programs affordable for everyone.
Students who are enrolled in general education courses with Excelsior maybe eligible for Title IV Financial aid.
In addition, you may be eligible for federal and New York State loans, as well as grants, scholarships, GI Bill® tuition assistance, and other forms of financial support. Excelsior's financial aid advisors will work with you to obtain all the forms of support for which you're eligible. We also offer flexible payment plans and budgeting assistance to help keep your education affordable.
And, once you complete your NCLEX, Excelsior's educational partnership with NFLPN entitles you to significant discounts on tuition and student fees on our RN to Bachelors in nursing and RN to Masters in nursing programs.
Contact an Excelsior financial aid advisor today to find out how easily you can afford to continue and complete your education.
Special Partner Pricing on Bachelor's and Master's degrees
The Application Process
When you are ready to apply to Excelsior College, here are the steps you'll take.
Step 1: Create a MyExcelsior account
Setting up your MyExcelsior account is easy! Answering a few quick questions, selecting your academic interest, and choosing a username and password is all it takes!
MyExcelsior gives you access to key resources, including admissions forms and an online course demonstration so that you can see what our courses are like—before you apply.
Step 2: Begin your Excelsior application
Start by answering a few quick questions on our admissions Web page. This leads you to the appropriate online application and admissions requirements for your preferred program.
You may also choose to download an application and send it by mail.
When you're finished, be sure to send your supporting documents (transcripts, etc.) to: Records Office, Excelsior College, 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203.
Note: Applications are optional for military service members, except for students pursuing undergraduate nursing degrees.
Step 3: Submit a financial aid form
Next, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Where requested, please include our school code: 014251.
Note: While Associate Degree in nursing students are not eligible for federal aid, we encourage applicants to complete a FAFSA to be considered for other financial aid options
Step 4: Explore our Student Success Guide
Use our Student Online Success Guide to determine your learning style, get tips on time management, and prepare for success at Excelsior.
In the meantime, Excelsior's admissions team will review your application and documents. We'll upload our initial assessment of your transfer credits to your MyExcelsior account and notify you when it is available for viewing. This typically takes two or three weeks.
Step 5: Enroll at Excelsior College
Once fully approved, you can enroll at Excelsior College and begin your coursework. After you receive your official evaluation, an academic advisor will give you course approval and help you develop a program plan.