Okay...a few more questions,
So....I am applying to grad school this coming Fall (2004). I am taking a year off to complete the pre-req's and such and so I would be entering grad school in June 2005 or Fall 2005, depending on where I go. The thing is I have heard so many things about this grad school and that grad school...I want to get advice form professionals, again.
So here are the schoold I am looking at: (not in any particular order)
3.) Univerity of San Francisco
6.) University of San Diego
7.) Johns Hopkins
Please keep in mind that I am applying to a special program. I will not have a BSN in nursing and I am not an RN, so some schools have this special program for non-nurses who want to go into nursing, and get a MSN. (Some schools will also give you a BSN and some won't).
I have had a couple people tell me that if I got into an Ivy League (Penn, Yale, or Columbia) ----and that's a BIG IF----AND I got into UCSF, USF, etc. and I did NOT go to one of the Ivies, I would be stupid. Is this true? I was thinking that there is such a shortage of nurses that they wouldn't care where you got your degree from---or is this not the case for Advanced Degrees?. The CNS/NP that I volunteer for graduated from Yale and she basically agreed that my best bet would be an Ivy.
The reason I ask is b/c for awhile I was stuck on going to UCSF (I'm a California native, and all my family/friends are out here, including my boyfriend. He wouldn't let me pass up a chance to go to an Ivy if Igot in, but I can't imagine being that far away from him for almost 4 years! I'm at UCLA, he's in the Bay Area (where I live) and THAT'S hard enough as it is. We have been together 2.5 years, so it's not a "fling/puppy love" sort of thing).
Anyway, what do you all think? What school would be my best bet? (Assuming I am going for an Acute Care NP program).