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  1. Visit  julsm14} profile page
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    I just got my letter today! But holy crap that is a huge deposit, especially without knowing my financial aid package.
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  3. Visit  bostonstudent1220} profile page
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    Ugh I know, these deposits are killer. MGHs was only slightly less at 500 dollars and Regis's was 1000!! As long as you've submitted your FAFSA though you can call simmons financial aid office and get an estimate of your loan status.
  4. Visit  julsm14} profile page
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    I love kids, and got accepted to PNP programs at Vandy, so debating FNP and PNP now...don't know if its better to be PNP or do FNP and specialize in peds
  5. Visit  BostonFNP} profile page
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    Most of the Boston programs are top notch, with Simmons and MGH as the top two in my experience.

    Three words of advice:

    1.) make sure the program either finds all your preceptors or assists with preceptors in the graduate portion.

    2.) ask around where you are interested in working whether they prefer FNP vs speciality. If you are going speciality make sure you have shadowed at least one or two NPs working in that role.

    3.) ask directly about how many students enroll vs how many graduate, board pass rates, the average time from enrollment to graduation, an the RN work requirements.
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  6. Visit  lauzzyb} profile page
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    Anyone out there trying to choose between Simmons and BC? Would love to get some second opinions.

    BostonFNP, sounds like you think MGH and Simmons are better than BC?
  7. Visit  BostonFNP} profile page
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    Quote from lauzzyb
    Anyone out there trying to choose between Simmons and BC? Would love to get some second opinions.

    BostonFNP, sounds like you think MGH and Simmons are better than BC?
    I know only a few BC grads, so a small sample size, and I have heard mixed reviews. It seems like a common complaint was a lack of clinic hours. BC has a good reputation in the area and I am sure they do well on the job market regardless.

    I don't know much about their academic program other than its shorter than most other schools. I would call and ask them how many clinic hours are included and whether the graduate program finds you preceptors or not.
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  8. Visit  lauzzyb} profile page
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    Thanks for the input! I've heard some mixed reviews myself, which is making this decision more difficult than I anticipated.

    I was told by a faculty member at BC that their program includes 1200 clinical hours, and that they find all clinical placements (both in the RN and MSN portions of the program) for you (although clinical placements is not a huge concern of mine because I know lots of nurses and nurse practitioners in the Boston area). I've had some difficulty determing the number of clinical hours in the Simmons curriculum, and they do not provide an exact number, but I think it is around 1600-1700 hours. Due to the length of the Simmons program I would be hesitant to complete the program part-time, but as BC's program is shorter I wouldn't mind completing it part-time and gaining extra clinical hours by working as an RN.
  9. Visit  BostonFNP} profile page
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    Quote from lauzzyb
    Thanks for the input! I've heard some mixed reviews myself, which is making this decision more difficult than I anticipated.

    I was told by a faculty member at BC that their program includes 1200 clinical hours, and that they find all clinical placements (both in the RN and MSN portions of the program) for you (although clinical placements is not a huge concern of mine because I know lots of nurses and nurse practitioners in the Boston area). I've had some difficulty determing the number of clinical hours in the Simmons curriculum, and they do not provide an exact number, but I think it is around 1600-1700 hours. Due to the length of the Simmons program I would be hesitant to complete the program part-time, but as BC's program is shorter I wouldn't mind completing it part-time and gaining extra clinical hours by working as an RN.
    Few things to consider if time of completion is important to you:

    1.) How much RN work is required prior to graduate completion for each program?

    2.) What is the average time of completion?

    3.) The job market for RNs is tough right now, how successful are students in finding jobs?

    4.) Do they offer key classes more than once per semester?

    5.) What are the board pass rates?
  10. Visit  lauzzyb} profile page
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    Time of completion is only important in that I would prefer not to be in school for 4-5 years.

    I have answers to some of these questions, and I'm not sure I can find answers to all of them but I will try - so thank you!


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