Quote from myelin
It's true. Anyone who says "it doesn't matter where you go" says that because they have probably never had someone look at their resume during an interview and go "Oh Wow, Yale (insert any prestigious school), Huh? That's impressive". So they wouldn't don't know that it absolutely does help to come from a reputable program. I am simply fishing for RN opportunities right now and am finding that coming from my program has helped me a lot. Then again, I'm in a stupidly competitive market. It's relative.
Let's not pretend that a law graduate from Harvard is going to be seen as equivalent and just as desirable to hire as a law grad from Boston Night School, presuming they both pass the New York bar. They might have the same license and the same ability to practice in New York, but their opportunities are going to be very, very different. In competitive markets, you should do everything you can to help yourself. Plus going to a well established school that is affiliated with an academic medical center will help you massively when it comes to networking. NP education is highly, highly variable (unlike med school or PA school). This makes picking a reputable program all the more important.
OP - You are better than a school with a 98% admission rate (this is true, look it up on US News & World Report).
edit: I know this will probably offend people who attend Walden. Nothing I have said is untrue. Try and look at it objectively. I'm truly not trying to attack anyone or hurt people's feelings - but the reality is that for-profit education is hugely problematic (not just in the field of nursing - across the board) for many, many reasons. Also asking "for positive advice" only is not really asking for advice, what you're looking for is validation.
Almost everything you post bashes Walden...I am starting to wonder if they rejected you or something.
Fact: Don't compare Ivy League schools to anything else...that is why they are called Ivy League Schools. That is like comparing apples to diamonds. For $40K a year, you had better be getting something in return.
Fact: Many state schools have a high admission rate as well. For-Profit schools also don't have the expectation of sinking dollars into research and other "extra" programs, therefore, the more students they can accept, the more faculty they can hire and the more students they can accept. It's like any other business...you can grow as long as you have money to support the growth.
Fact: You have been asked, and have yet to post, any credible information where someone has got their NP from a for-profit school, went through credentialing, passed their exam and then had trouble getting a job. This has yet to be seen with Walden, b/c they will graduate their first FNP class in February 2014.
Fact: They have the same credentialing as my local school....however, I did not attend their FNP program (that is the only one I checked) b/c it hadn't been cleared through my state BON...38 other states, apparently don't have an issue with it.
Fact: If you finish at Walden, you can sit for the FNP exam...allow the exam to demonstrate the competency of the program.