Facts About Excelsior’s Associate Degree Nursing Program

A complaint was filed recently by several individuals regarding Excelsior’s associate degree program in nursing and its Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination or CPNE. As do most organizations, Excelsior does not comment publicly on the details of legal complaints. However, as to the associate degree program in nursing, it has been continuously accredited since 1975 by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC), now known as the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 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.

Excelsior’s entire 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 and it is one of just six current designees that have received this honor three times. The College Credit Recommendation Service of the American Council on Education has evaluated the CPNE, the capstone exam in the associate degree program, and found that it meets standards for Reliability, Content Validity, and Technical Adequacy. And, data show that graduates of Excelsior’s program pass the national registered nurse licensing exam, the NCLEX, at a rate comparable to that of students from other programs nationwide.

More information on Excelsior’s associate degree program in nursing can be found at its website. In the right hand column on the program page are links to the nursing catalog and external reviews of the program.

Questions? Email SchoolofNursing [at] Excelsior.edu.