iii QUESTION ABOUT DIRECT ENTRY NP PROGRAMS !!!

  1. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about the admissions standards of these direct entry NP programs. I noticed that these programs have been showing up everywhere, which begs me to wonder "why?". is this to add address a sudden urgency of Nurse practitioners across the nation?

    If this were the case, is it safe to assume that these programs would not be as selective as the traditional/second-degree/accelerated nursing programs or even the ASN programs out there? There must be some "catch" to these programs of how you can just study for 3 years and walk into specialized healthcare role.
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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   manna
    I don't know about the admissions standards (I would imagine they vary from school to school), but I personally don't think it's the best idea to go on into a masters level nursing degree such as NP without first having had any direct patient care experience. I'm sure it's possible, but it seems like one would be better educated and prepared if having first worked in the nursing field (with an undergrad degree).

    Just my lousy 2 cents.
  4. by   Havin' A Party!
    Quote from manna
    I don't know about the admissions standards (I would imagine they vary from school to school), but I personally don't think it's the best idea to go on into a masters level nursing degree such as NP without first having had any direct patient care experience... Just my lousy 2 cents.
    Agree with them two pennies.
  5. by   TopCat1234
    the direct entry gets you up to speed on nursing and then you are required to do so many hours of direct patient care before you get the master's degree. so you work full time, and go to school part-time.

    that was my understanding...someone correct me if i am wrong.

    topcat
  6. by   smk1
    ok so its kind of like a residency? that would make more sense because at least you would get some real world practice.
  7. by   TopCat1234
    see, the program that i'm looking at requires at least one year full-time experience as a registered nurse as a requirement for the master's degree.

    "it is our expectation that all students will be employed as a nurse while completing the graduate coursework. therefore, as an msn graduate, you will have at least one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse."

    i don't know if all programs have that requirement, tho. i don't see it mentioned in the application materials for another program i am considering...

    topcat
  8. by   chuckcamp
    Quote from topcat1234
    see, the program that i'm looking at requires at least one year full-time experience as a registered nurse as a requirement for the master's degree.

    "it is our expectation that all students will be employed as a nurse while completing the graduate coursework. therefore, as an msn graduate, you will have at least one year of full-time experience as a registered nurse."

    i don't know if all programs have that requirement, tho. i don't see it mentioned in the application materials for another program i am considering...

    topcat
    usually, with these programs, after the first year you are eligible to take the test to become an rn.. assuming that you do get your license, the final to years are taken part time, while you are working part time as an rn.. i think thats what the school means.. otherwise, i wouldnt be a "direct entry" program because you would need to work as an rn before you could even apply
  9. by   TopCat1234
    a-ha! i finally found this thread again...i had been looking for this to respond to your last post, chuckcamp....

    i am considering two direct entry msn programs. i contacted the programs. the one i referred to above requires one year of full-time work experience before they will confer the graduate degree. so after i finish the first year which gets me up to speed on nursing, i pass the nclex and then i am expected to work as an rn while completing the master's degree classes part-time. if i do not accumulate at least one year of full-time nursing experience between the time i pass the nclex and the time i complete the master's degree classes, i do not get the master's degree until such time as i have gained said work experience-that is, 50 weeks at 36 hours per week. the dean made it very clear - work experience has to be submitted as part of your application for graduation and is verified. i can work full-time for one year, or part-time for two - but i've got to accumulate the minimum work experience before i am allowed to graduate with an msn.

    the second program i am considering does not have a work experience requirement for the msn - but they just assume you will be working at least part-time while completing the master's degree classes, to have direct patient care experience.

    i'm sorry if i was not clear before - hope this makes better sense!
    topcat

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