Accelerated Learning Center has a very successful Accelerated Program, with a 97% Exam Pass Rate on the first attempt. We Guarantee that our students will not fail.

Accelerated Learning Center also offers an additional CPNE Clinical Preparatory Course to aid Students in passing their final clinical exam. Accelerated Learning Center students have a 99% CPNE Pass Rate on their first attempt. We have students for all over the US registering for the ALC CPNE Clinical Preparatory Course.

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There are four types of Exams utilized in completing the ASN/RN Bridge Program. The four types of Exams are listed and described below:

1. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams:

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests that assess college-level knowledge in several subject areas. As of this writing, five offered courses (College Math, Human Growth and Developmental Psychology, Humanities, Psychology, and Sociology) are completed through passing CLEP exams. CLEP exam scores are computed numerically. One point is awarded for each correct answer. The total points earned are then converted to a scaled score between 20 and 80. For most exams, a scaled score of 50 is required to earn credits.

2. Excelsior College* Exams (ECE):

Excelsior College* Examinations (formerly ACT/PEP) are used to meet specific college degree requirements for the Excelsior College* ASN degree and are accepted for college credit by over 900 colleges and universities. Formerly called the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (ACT PEP), Excelsior College* now administers these examinations worldwide.

The exams are administered in a computer-based testing format, and the results are made immediately available. With the exception of English Composition, all ECE’s are in a multiple choice format. A grade of “C” is required to earn college credits.

ECE’s are taken at local Pearson Vue Testing Centers, as well as military institutions.

Accelerated Learning Center includes with each tutored course a Practice Exam and Review at the end of every course.

Accelerated Learning Center also offers PRACTICE EXAMS & ANSWER KEYS to be purchased for home study for $125 each.

3. Clinical Performance in Nursing Examination (CPNE):

According to Excelsior College’s* website (, the CPNE is a skill-based assessment designed to measure a student’s ability to demonstrate the expected behaviors and skills of a beginning-level associate-prepared nurse. The exam evaluates a student’s application of the nursing process and nursing-practice technical components in the care of adults and children who are experiencing potential, actual, and/or recurring health problems requiring maintenance and restorative interventions. Critical thinking, diagnostic reasoning, use of knowledge from nursing and related disciplines, effectiveness of interventions, and standards of care are measured in this exam. The CPNE provides the following:

* 1:1 evaluation by a master’s- or doctorially prepared clinical examiner who was trained to administer the examination
* Actual or simulated clinical situations that serve as the basis for the examination
* A carefully controlled and monitored examination experience that ensures a fair and objective assessment of your knowledge and skill

Critical elements are single, discrete, observable behaviors that a student must perform to meet the standard of acceptability for the Sections (simulation laboratory stations, clinical decision making, planning phase and evaluation phase) or Areas of Care being tested. Review a full outline of the CPNE sections and areas of care covered.

The CPNE tests a student’s application of the nursing process and technical components for nursing practice in the care of adults and children in the acute care setting. Therefore the nursing student must be able to perform the following:

* Assess, perceive, and understand the condition of assigned patients.
* See, hear, smell, touch, and detect subtle changes in colors.
* Communicate (verbally and in writing) with English speaking patients and/or family members/significant others as well as members of the health care team, including nurses, physicians, support staff, and faculty.
* Read and understand documents written in English.
* Perform diagnostic and therapeutic functions necessary for the provision of general care and emergency treatment to the hospital patient.
* Stand, sit, move, and tolerate the required physical exertion necessary to meet the demands of providing safe clinical care.
* Solve problems involving measurement, calculation, reasoning, analysis, and synthesis.
* Perform nursing skills in the face of stressful conditions, exposure to infectious agents, and blood-borne pathogens.

Accelerated Learning Center students participate in a 22 hour CPNE preparation lab, which mimics the CPNE testing stations. Our students’ first-time pass rate is currently 99%, with a ten year track record. The Cost for this weekend course is $595.

Once the CPNE is completed, students are awarded their ASN degrees from Excelsior College*.

4. National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX**):

According to**, the NCLEX** is an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States. There are two types, the NCLEX**-RN and the NCLEX**-RN. Our students take the NCLEX**-RN, after completing a 20 hour preparation lab at Accelerated Learning Center. As of this writing, Accelerated Learning Center students boast a 100% pass rate over a ten year period.

NCLEX** examinations are developed and owned by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc. (NCSBN). NCSBN administers these examinations on behalf of its member boards which consist of the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and four U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands.

To ensure public protection, each board of nursing requires a candidate for licensure to pass the appropriate NCLEX** examination. NCLEX** examinations are designed to test the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to the safe and effective practice of nursing at the entry-level. PLEASE NOTE: The NCLEX** is not about memorization but rather one must understand the concept behind critical thinking. As of 2010, the NCLEX** is focusing a lot on how to delegate and prioritize as well as infection control.

NCLEX** examinations are provided in a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) format and are presently administered by Pearson Vue in their network of Pearson Professional Centers (PPC).

Most of the questions of the NCLEX**-RN exam are worded multiple choice questions. In recent years, however, the Boards of Nursing have added broader questions that don’t involve multiple choice. For example, some questions:

* Require identifying and selecting a particular area of a drawn body-part pertaining to the question
* Involve selecting multiple correct answers (via check boxes)
* Calculating an answer for a mathematical question (usually for medication dosages) and inputting the answer
* Arranging according to order a certain medical or nursing procedure (e.g. how to don sterile gloves, or how to do a guaiac test)

Candidates will also encounter fill in the blank questions. Besides multiple choice, these are what are known as “New Format Questions”.

*Accelerated Learning Center, Inc. and are not affiliated with Excelsior College, DANTES, the College Board, or Pearson Vue.

**NCLEX preparation at Accelerated Learning Center is geared toward the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. Kentucky residents will have to complete an additional 120 clinical hours after passing the CPNE. RN licenses are transferable to most states, but there are exclusions. Should you desire to take the NCLEX in a state other than Tennessee or Kentucky, or transfer your RN license in the future, check with that state’s Nursing Board. We do not guarantee transferability, or eligibility to sit for the NCLEX, for any state outside of Tennessee and Kentucky.