I currently work with an APNI student who graduated last year. Overall, she said the program was strong and almost all of the students in the FNP track found jobs. Of course there are kinks like any program. For example, she told me that Seattle U does not have a lot of contracts with clinics/hospitals in the area and so it's sometimes hard to be placed during rotations. They strongly enourage their students to take the initiative to find their own placements. She also told me that it is difficult to study for the NCLEX because you have so little time, though I'm sure that's true for most entry-level MSN programs. She also had a little trouble with the thesis portion, since her chair did not have much time to devote to her project. My grad program was totally disorganized, but I made it out because I always stayed on top of things. So, it's definitely doable.
Malapata, you might be interested in a conversation that I had a couple of nights ago with an NP I shadowed last year. She recommended working as an RN first before working as an NP. The experience you get as a nurse is invaluable and will help you become a great NP, plus you will have many opportunities to sharpen your critical thinking skills. She worked with an APNI student and an ELMSN student from PLU recently and found that they both lacked the critical thinking skills that are vital to the NP profession. She eventually recommended that they both repeat their peds rotations. It was just a recommendation, so I'm not sure that the schools
actually made them repeat. But, her main point was that it's harder to develop critical thinking skills if you don't have experience as a nurse first. If I had the financial support, I would definitely attend Jefferson's BSN/MSN FACT program, but that is likely not going to happen. Jefferson considers first year students "undergrads" in their program, and I've been having difficulty finding private loans for undergrad students. So I may have to make the best of it at SU...I will just have to work a little harder at sharpening my critical thinking skills