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Excelsior College

Educational Partnership with Excelsior College

The Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA) has signed an educational agreement with Excelsior College that will allow its members to pursue a nursing degree or certificate at a reduced rate. In addition, the agreement extends special pricing to the spouses or domestic partners of NOVA members pursuing degrees through any of Excelsior’s five schools, including Business and Technology, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Public Service. In total, the College offers more than 30 individual degree programs. 

“The partnership with Excelsior College provides a benefit to NOVA members with opportunities to pursue a high-quality education from an accredited educational institution,” Nancy Claflin, NOVA past president and chair of the education committee commented.  “NOVA members can take advantage of the discounts offered to pursue their dreams of achieving higher education.  NOVA supports a highly educated nursing workforce providing excellent care to veterans and family members.”

Excelsior is the largest educator of nurses and is considered a pioneer in the nursing field, having introduced a competency-based associate degree distance learning program in 1975 with funding from the Kellogg Foundation. In total, Excelsior’s School of Nursing serves more than 19,000 current students across the associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels, and has produced over 50,000 nursing graduates.

Excelsior College’s Dean for the School of Nursing, Mary Lee Pollard provided her thoughts on the NOVA partnership.  “The School of Nursing is proud to be affiliated with NOVA and to continue our work with the Veterans Administration to provide the best care possible for our nation’s veterans,” said Pollard. “Through this partnership we can provide an opportunity for nursing professionals of the VA to pursue an advanced degree – a credential that has been shown to improve the quality of nursing care as well as patient outcomes.”

Excelsior is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and is a three-time designee as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing. It is also designated as a Best School for Men in Nursing by the American Assembly for Men in Nursing. In addition, the College recently launched the Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) project, which offers veterans specialized advising services, a dedicated nursing faculty mentor who served in the Navy Nurse Corps, as well courses designed to educate all nurses on the special needs of military populations and their families.

Beyond a robust array of online educational programs and an extensive range of support services tailored to students, the College also offers UExcel, an extensive credit-by-examination program that provides an additional way to earn credit toward degree completion.

Excelsior College http://www.excelsior.edu is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. Founded in 1971 and located in Albany, NY, Excelsior is a proven leader in the assessment and validation of student knowledge. It offers more efficient and affordable access to degree completion through multiple avenues: its own online courses and college-level proficiency examinations, and the acceptance in transfer of credit from other colleges and universities as well as recognized corporate and military training programs. Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Excelsior just announced, with the development of their online ADn courses, effective in January 2016 partnership pricing will be available for anyone in the ADn program.  Anyone enrolled in Excelsior’s Spring I Term, will receive the standard 20% discount on online course credits and fees provided they commit to taking at least 12 credits via online courses (and six online course credits a year).  This includes currently enrolled students as well as those enrolling in the future.

It is important to note that the online courses are new and Excelsior’s ADn program is very large.  ADn students will still need to complete some of their credits via assessment. Those enrolled in the program should contact their academic advisor to discuss how to best maximize use of this discount and which courses they should take. 

 For more information on Excelsior’s ADn program, please visit: http://www.excelsior.edu/programs/nursing/nursing-associate-degree.  

Click here to view recent updates to the use of Veteran educational benefits in regard to the The Forever GI Bill®.