In 1994 I was working as a paramedic at a large hospital-based ambulance service. After toting people down stais, up stairs, out of ditches and all kinds of other back breaking arrangements, I decided it was time for a change. A few of my colleages had finished nursing school and received their RN license and degree without ever stepping foot on campus. Working fulltime, this seemed like the option for me. I contacted the school, spoke to a counselor and shortly after, received word about the classes I needed, the estimated time to finish, and the cost. I started immediately. Over the next two and a half years I studied at home and took tests at the local college. I was notified by mail of my grades and received the next study packet and books. Before I knew it, it was time to take the clinical test. This was a two and a half day hands on test administered at the local hospital. I passed, then took state boards, passing on the first try. I thank Excelsior College every day for giving me the opportunity to receive a great education while continuing to work full time.