Thank you for your perspective.
Unfortunately, it seems that new LPN, RN, BSN-RN, and NP grads are having trouble finding jobs across the board. I don't see how that is UIC's fault though. They clearly state you are coming out as an RN student and not a BSN-RN. I know they do tell people to do the advanced practice program part time so that you can get bedside experience, but I think that it's also the responsibility of the student/applicant to understand how tough it is to get a job out there and that might not happen.
I am a little distressed to hear about the part you state that once you are in the program "the dean and other administrators will deny ever pushing working as an RN." Almost all of the other programs I applied for I would be completing solely full-time and I would probably consider doing the same at UIC if accepted. However, I do know they push that in the information sessions, and I too would feel a little upset if I had originally planned on going part-time.
I also considered ABSN programs and just don't want another Bachelor's degree. I am also planning to apply to two generalist MSN programs for next January as well if I do not get into any of the direct entry NP programs I've applied to. However, I know that I want to hold an advanced nursing degree because I want to be a primary care provider. I would rather go through in one shot to get my degree.
You also say that "they will ignore anyone who mentions that no one can get hired as an Acute Care NP without any acute care experience." Are you referring to experience you could get during the advanced part of the program while working part time or is there a lack of experience during the clinicals of the advanced practice part? Again though, no matter what it seems that new grads are having trouble finding jobs, even BSN grads, so what is UIC to do about this? You can find posts on AllNurses from LPN's complaining there are no jobs because BSN-RN's have taken them and BSN-RN's complaining there are no jobs because ADN nurses have taken them. If I am misunderstanding something, please correct me!
Once again, thanks for your perspective and taking our questions. These schools
are in the business of making money at the end of the day, so hearing from someone about the negatives is good because we certainly won't get that from the schools!