Quote from midwifetobe85
So I wanted to share some info about OHSU. I've recently spoken to two people who told me it was not a good program- one graduate of the midwifery program and the other graduate of their accelerated nursing program who chose not to do the midwifery portion because of other students she had spoken to. They both were very unhappy with it and upset about their now massive debt. It's kind of bizarre since its ranked as #1, but apparently the high tuition does not equal better program.
I'm curious to hear the negative things you've heard about Frontier. I'm a new Frontier student and have been really impressed so far. The orientation was incredibly inspiring and am so impressed with the faculty I've met.
I'm actually in MA and did consider Baystate. I loved their director but felt they couldn't really select the best students because they get so few applications. I think the main reason they don't (and my main reason too) is that they don't have financial aid. I also think the MS vs MSN could make a difference. I know for a fact you could not practice in Oregon without the MSN and I know of one job in Connecticut where they insisted on a MSN over an MS in Midwifery. I imagine for the most part it's not an issue but I just didn't want to risk any limitations.
Thanks for chiming in! I'm starting to think none of these CNM programs actually have consistently good reviews and it's getting pretty frustrating, though I really appreciate your insights about OHSU and will try to use that information to inform my visit there tomorrow. What you heard reminds me very much of what I was told by another prospective student when I toured Yale's GEPN program, though a current student I was in touch with was happy with the program there, and I suspect opinions about OHSU must vary considerably as well. I like what I have heard and seen so far, but I have not visited or spoken with any graduates which would help a lot I'm sure.
I know a number of students here have been really excited about Frontier, which is why I have hesitated to say anything, as I do not have first hand experience with them. I have a friend who just graduated who was also happy with the CNM program. However, one of the midwives in the practice I am a fledgling apprentice/volunteer in has had numerous bad experiences with Frontier as a preceptor for their students. She has had students not get any work graded and returned before the end of the term, and she has had numerous problems with clinical placements that should have been arranged months in advance falling apart at the end due to Frontier's disorganization and/or misinformation (case in point--a student was scheduled to start in the practice, had set it up months prior, and was told literally a few days prior to starting clinicals that this site wasn't approved because the midwife attends some births at a non-accredited birth center, even if the student only attended home births at the practice). Maybe for in-hospital placements it isn't such an issue? For me, though, a big draw of Frontier would be greater flexibility in finding out of hospital clinical experiences. This midwife, who has trained many students and is very well respected in my home community, also feels the program is overly difficult for a MSN program and not very flexible or organized. Taken together, it was enough to make me very concerned about whether Frontier would be a good fit for me.
My impression has been that perhaps Frontier has lost organizational ground in recent years. I have no doubt they still have good faculty and are a good option for some. Personally, though, if what my mentor said is true, I am not sure I will be willing to take a chance on them, but we'll see!