Starting UPenn this summer

  1. I'm starting the CNM program in UPenn this summer fulltime, 18 months. It's a dual program for CNM/Women's NP.

    Wanted to share this info with you all. For those looking to see how the program goes, please feel free to email me.

    I meant to go into the CNM program, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the Women's Health is built into the CNM program so that you can end up with a dual degree. It was very forward thinking of UPenn - to make sure that you can be licensed as a woman's NP as well.

    Wish me luck.
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  2. 38 Comments

  3. by   beckinben
    Good luck to you!

    Just remember, the down side of dual certifications is that you will need to pay for two certification exams ($$$$) and for maintaining two certifications (also $$$$).

    Becki
  4. by   BAtoCNM
    epi-
    i'm starting at penn this summer and in the dual concentration as well. i tried to private message you but your box is full. feel free to private message me!
  5. by   rchamp59
    Good luck and congratulations!

    A friend of mine will be interviewed by UPenn in the next two weeks. Can she ask you questions about the interview process?

    Thank you,
    Roland
  6. by   epiphany
    Quote from rchamp59
    Good luck and congratulations!

    A friend of mine will be interviewed by UPenn in the next two weeks. Can she ask you questions about the interview process?

    Thank you,
    Roland
    absolutely, please have her contact me right awat. I am travelling in a different country at the moment but will check my mail when I can.
  7. by   BAtoCNM
    Likewise, I"m happy to help.
  8. by   epiphany
    Quote from BAtoCNM
    epi-
    i'm starting at penn this summer and in the dual concentration as well. i tried to private message you but your box is full. feel free to private message me!

    Done. look forward to talking to you.
  9. by   rchamp59
    Quote from epiphany
    absolutely, please have her contact me right awat. I am travelling in a different country at the moment but will check my mail when I can.
    Hi Epiphany,

    My friend has quite a few questions for you. Any thing you can tell her will be helpful. It is always a nervous time to prepare for an interview. Thank you in advance, and I hope you are having a great trip!

    I have not posted anything here in a long time. You can reply to a private message (I forget how.).

    What is the interview process?
    What questions did they ask? Do I need to go over the OB textbook to prepare for some questions should they ask?
    How many interviews did you go through? How long did it take?
    Would you mind to tell me something about Barbara Reale? It is very likely that she will be my interviewer.
    Any suggestions for preparing for the interview?
    How is the OB/GYN program? Do you like it so far?
    Do you think it is possible to do the program full-time while working full-time?

    Thank you so much.
    Roland
  10. by   epiphany
    Quote from rchamp59
    Hi Epiphany,

    My friend has quite a few questions for you. Any thing you can tell her will be helpful. It is always a nervous time to prepare for an interview. Thank you in advance, and I hope you are having a great trip!

    I have not posted anything here in a long time. You can reply to a private message (I forget how.).

    What is the interview process?
    What questions did they ask? Do I need to go over the OB textbook to prepare for some questions should they ask?
    How many interviews did you go through? How long did it take?
    Would you mind to tell me something about Barbara Reale? It is very likely that she will be my interviewer.
    Any suggestions for preparing for the interview?
    How is the OB/GYN program? Do you like it so far?
    Do you think it is possible to do the program full-time while working full-time?

    Thank you so much.
    Roland

    I sent you a private message.
  11. by   NRSKarenRN
    for those that can't afford penn's program. look at philadelphia university's program [color=#7c0426]ms in midwifery
  12. by   Nurse-One
    Hi epiphany,

    I'm very happy for you and you're accomplishment. I have been interested in applying to UPenn for the dual degree ever since I started my BSN. I basically have the same questions that the user name: rchamp59, had for you.

    I was told by someone at UPenn that if your GPA is at least a 3.0 you won't have to take the entrance exam, do you know anything about that?

    You can feel free to let me know any other info that might be helpful
    to me in my application process to UPenn.- Thanks in advance
  13. by   Nurse-One
    I'll also accept any input from anyone who know anything about UPenn's dual degree program or any other midwifery program...thnxs.
  14. by   epiphany
    Hi all:

    Update of my Penn experience. Our first semester we are taking Patho, Primary care of women, and Physical Exam. They are all very intense, on the average of 2 exams a week. There were a few tears in the beginning, but I think we are used to the abuse by now.

    Pros and Cons

    PROS: I'm learning A LOT. There are plenty of resources, and the midwife/woman's health group is pretty cohesive, we get a long and are supportive of each other. In your final semester, you have a lot of choices in places to practice. Many people choose the place that they plan to work in - great way to get your foot through the door.

    CONS: Not all the courses are taught well. You need to be a self-learner, know how the separate the good stuff from the ********. In my opinion, some of the stuff is a waste of my time, but the rest of the good stuff makes up for it.

    Overall, I feel I made the right choice. I would have chosen this place all over again. I would say it meets 75 percent of my expectations. Also, it's made me realize, particularly because this is a NP/midwife dual major, that being ER nurse would have served me a lot better. Being in L&D taught me how to be an L&D nurse much more than a midwife IMO.

    Anyway, I hope this helps. As usual, please feel free to ask me if you any more questions.

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