what is a good nurse practitioner program in southern California

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    I am an R.N. currently working toward my BSN. I am really interested in pursueing an advance degree. At the university I am currently attending (one I am not comfortable mentioning) I was accepted into there Family Nurse Practitioner program. Unfortunately, although I have done extremely well in my course work there I am less than impressed with the education I am recieving. I realize that when obtaining an advance degree the expectation is laid on the student to be more independant, but during this last year I've felt more like I was spinning my wheels, due to unclear instruction, multiple syllabus changes, hand outs not being referenced in the syllabus as guides for assignments, and instructors not providing outlines for exams but giving them anyway. In any case its taken alot of time and money to get to a place where I can go to school so when its time to graduate I want to feel confident in my abilities to provide someone with great care. My question is,is this standard for graduate and postgraduate programs because at this point I am really considering withdrawing from the program - Not something I really want to do because it will be another year before I can get into another program. In addition, am I doing the right thing by going for my NP, I chose the FNP program because I felt I would be more marketable, but am I making a big mistake? I realize its my decision in the end but for those that have their NP already what would you have liked to know before making the career change - I am really interested in holistic and preventative care? And lastly what are some good schools to attend in Southern California?
    Thanks!
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    Moved to the California Nurses forum for more localized feedback.


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