A complaint was filed in early 2014 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 Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). To date, 45,000 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 School of Nursing has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education three times by the National League for Nursing. Also, the College Credit Recommendation Service of the American Council on Education has evaluated the CPNE and found it meets the standards for Reliability, Content Validity, and Technical Adequacy.
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.