CNM Online Education: Frontier vs. University of Cincinnati

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    I'm a RN (have my BSN) planning on going back to school to become a CNM. There are no programs close to where I live, and I can't move, so I'll need to do it online. Anyone have any insight on which online program might be better for training and getting a job once I'm done? Or which school has a better reputation with midwives, doctors, and hospitals out there? I've heard good things about both Frontier and the University of Cincinnati's programs, but haven't heard from anyone who has actually gone through them.
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    I'm a current Frontier student who will finish in June. Although I might be biased, I think it's a fantastic program. I know several Frontier grads who are excellent midwives. I haven't met a single one from Cincinnati, so I have no personal knowledge of the quality of that program. One thing that I know for certain you'll get from Frontier that you won't get a Cincinnati is a sense of "connectedness" and family that you will get from Frontier. I'm willing to bet there are others on here who can tell you that going to Frontier Bound and Clinical Bound were life-changing events where they met friends that they'll have for life.
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    Frontier has had a CNM program for a long, long time and Cincinatti's is relatively new ( I think less than 5 years). I believe that U of C is slightly cheaper, they don't have a travel requirement. So, depends on what you are looking for. I decided to apply only to Frontier.
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    After a lot of research I've chosen University of Cincinnati. I always thought I would go to Frontier, and I even applied a couple months ago. Howerver, The three things that swayed me were the following:

    Cincinnati:
    #1: requires you to have L&D nursing experience (To me that implies a certain base level of knowledge required for entrance at Cincinnati)

    and

    #2: Their program is 2 1/2 years long VS Frontier's only 2 years. (To me this implies a more in-depth program: On top of the higher base level of knowledge required for entrance)

    and finally:

    #3: Grades lower than a 3.0 are unacceptable at Cincinnati and would lead to dismissal. (Again, implying a higher standard).

    So, from my research, I've concluded that the more challenging, indepth program is Cincinnati. At the end of the day, it is about getting the best education available. That is why I'm choosing Cincinnati.

    Also, From my reseach, it is more expensive (Just as a reply to the previous poster).
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    Just as an FYI--the 3.0 requirement is standard minimum grade for all graduate schools (including Frontier).
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    Quote from CNM2B
    Just as an FYI--the 3.0 requirement is standard minimum grade for all graduate schools (including Frontier).
    Actually, I think that at Frontier, if it's less than 3.0, you can still be admitted, but you have to take the GRE.
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    Yes, you can be admitted with less than a 3.0, but you must maintain a 3.0 to stay in school.
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    You need to go with what you feel most comfortable with, so good for you and hope it goes well!
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    Quote from CNM2B
    Yes, you can be admitted with less than a 3.0, but you must maintain a 3.0 to stay in school.
    Ah, I misunderstood the original statement, sorry!
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    "Also, From my reseach, it is more expensive (Just as a reply to the previous poster).[/quote]"

    Yes, my mistake, I meant to say U of C is more expensive.


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