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  • Oct 20 '13

    Quote from ashonman
    Is there a national shortage of Nurse Practitioners who are willing to precept? I am finding it very difficult to find a preceptor, MD's are very quick to offer what they have, unfortunately as a NP student I have to have a FNP/NP for at least 50% of my 704 hrs. As Nurses/NPs we are asking and fighting for autonomy but not willing to help train more NPs to fight this cause. It is so easy for PA's to have their rotations lined up for them but can not do that for nursing? I am seeing more and more schools (Not just online schools) shifting that responsibility onto students. I love my school, great state school; but this issue of finding preceptors on our own bothers me, and they tell you today, when school starts in 10 days. However, if we are unable to find one, then "the school will step in". I just don't get it! I taught undergrad was difficult with unreasonable demands, but graduate school too? Are nurses in a way still eating their young? or now they are just putting hot sauce on it!
    I am a Family Nurse Practitioner working in NC and recently responded to a survey (?) or a poll (?) from one of the professional advanced NP organizations (ancc) or (acnp) or (ana-np specific)...well anyway, I responded that I'd be happy to precept-any student that needed my time or guidance. THE REASON: Because I remember how difficult it was (12 years ago) to find willing preceptors...or even to approach a colleague to mention that I needed a preceptor. Reviewing these posts, makes me feel that some of us "older birds" have forgotten how difficult it was to build that first nest. If any of us more experienced "older birds" are reading this and would like to search our memory banks for what it was like to acquie preceptors when "we were back in time", please feel free to respond or post somewhere on this forum that you'd be glad to precept or you know a fellow NP who'd be willing to precept.

    I'd love to precept....please respond. I am in NC in the Triad region-working in ED. Have no fear-I do not bark-I have not eaten anything young in years...well except my morning eggs!

  • Oct 17 '13

    Online Nurse Practitioner Programs
    Nursing Schools offering Online Masters in Nursing (MSN) – Nurse Practitioner Programs:


    Albany State University
    (Albany, GA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    Angelo State University
    (San Angelo, TX)
    Program Tracks:
    Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    Ball State University
    (Muncie, IN)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    California State University-Dominguez Hills
    (Carson, CA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Case Western Reserve University
    (Cleveland, OH)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    Clarkson College
    (Omaha, NE)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    Concordia University-Wisconsin
    (Mequon, WI)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Delta State University
    (Cleveland, MS)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Adult/Family) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Drexel University
    (Philadelphia, PA)
    Program Tracks:
    Psychiatric Mental Health NP (online), Women’s Health NP (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
    Duquesne University
    (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    East Carolina University
    (Greenville, NC)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
    East Tennessee State University
    (Johnson City, TN)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Felician College
    (Lodi, NJ)
    Program Tracks:
    MS in Nursing – Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), MS in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Frontier Nursing University
    (Hyden, KY)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    George Washington University
    (Washington, DC)
    Program Tracks:
    MSN – Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), MSN – Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Georgetown University
    (Washington, DC)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP/Adult Gerontology CNS, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Georgia Southern University
    (Statesboro, GA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Gonzaga University
    (Spokane, WA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Graceland University
    (Independence, MO)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Idaho State University
    (Pocatello, ID)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Illinois State University
    (Normal, IL)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing
    (Hammond, LA)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Adult/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing
    (Lafayette, LA)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Adult/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing
    (Lake Charles, LA)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Adult/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
    (Worcester, MA)
    Program Tracks:
    MSN with Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (online)
    Metropolitan State University
    (Saint Paul, MN)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Middle Tennessee State University
    (Murfreesboro, TN)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    Midwestern State University
    (Wichita Falls, TX)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Montana State University
    (Bozeman, MT)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Mount Marty College
    (Yankton, SD)
    Program Tracks:
    Masters in Nursing (Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner) (online), Masters in Nursing (Pediatric Nurse Practitioner) (online)
    New Mexico State University
    (Las Cruces, NM)
    Program Tracks:
    Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Northern Arizona University
    (Flagstaff, AZ)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Northern Kentucky University
    (Highland Heights, KY)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    Radford University
    (Radford, VA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Regis University
    (Denver, CO)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Rush University
    (Chicago, IL)
    Program Tracks:
    Family NP (FNP) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Rutgers The State University of New Jersey-Newark
    (Newark, NJ)
    Program Tracks:
    Acute Care of the Adult and Aged (NP or CNS) (online), Advanced Practice in Pediatric Nursing (NP or CNS) (online), Advanced Practice in Women’s Health (NP) (online), Clinical Track (online), Community Health Nursing NP/CNS (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (online), Oncology (Adult and/or Pediatric) (online), Primary Care of the Adult and Aged (NP or CNS) (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (NP or CNS) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    South University
    (Columbia, SC)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    South University
    (Montgomery, AL)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    South University
    (Savannah, GA)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    South University
    (Tampa, FL)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    South University
    (West Palm Beach, FL)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    St. Louis University
    (Saint Louis, MO)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult (NP CNS or Nurse Educator) (online), Adult Acute Care NP (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological (NP CNS or Nurse Educator) (online), Pediatric (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health (CNS NP or Nurse Educator) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Stony Brook University
    (Stony Brook, NY)
    Program Tracks:
    Perinatal/Women’s Health NP/CNS (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Tennessee Board of Regents
    (Nashville, TN)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    (Wilmington, NC)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited, NLNAC accredited
    The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
    (Memphis, TN)
    Program Tracks:
    Acute Critical Care (online), Gerontology (online), Primary Care (online), Psychiatric/Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
    (Galveston, TX)
    Program Tracks:
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program – Gerontological (online), Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program – Pediatric (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Troy University
    (Montgomery, AL)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Troy University
    (Troy, AL)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    University of Arizona
    (Tucson, AZ)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
    University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
    (Little Rock, AR)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Psych-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online), Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Central Missouri
    (Warrensburg, MO)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (Rural Family Nursing focus) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Cincinnati
    (Cincinnati, OH)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), MSN – Psychiatric NP/CNS (online), Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Massachusetts-Amherst
    (Amherst, MA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Michigan-Flint
    (Flint, MI)
    Program Tracks:
    DNP – Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), DNP – Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    University of Missouri
    (Columbia, MO)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Missouri-Kansas City
    (Kansas City, MO)
    Program Tracks:
    Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Nebraska Medical Center
    (Omaha, NE)
    Program Tracks:
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online), Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Family Nurse Practitioner/Psychiatric Dual Track (online), Gerontological and Geropsychiatric Nursing (NP or CNS) (online), Women’s and Children’s Health Nursing (NP) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of North Dakota
    (Grand Forks, ND)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Gerontology Nursing (CNS or NP) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Pittsburgh
    (Pittsburgh, PA)
    Program Tracks:
    Post-Masters DNP – Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP – Adult Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP – Family Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP – Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (online), Post-Masters DNP – Psychiatric/Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Rhode Island
    (Kingston, RI)
    Program Tracks:
    Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Saint Francis
    (Crown Point, IN)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Saint Francis
    (Fort Wayne, IN)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of South Alabama
    (Mobile, AL)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Acute Care NP (online), Adult-Gerontological Acute Care NP (online), Adult-Gerontological Primary Care NP (online), Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Palliative Care Specialty (online), Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role) (online), Child Health NP (online), Emergency NP (online), Family NP (online), Geropsychiatric (Adult Psych NP/Gerontological NP) (online), Neonatal NP (online), Pediatric Acute Care NP (online), Psychiatric (Family) NP (online), Psychiatric/Mental Health NP (online), Women’s Health NP (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Southern Indiana
    (Evansville, IN)
    Program Tracks:
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) (online), Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of St. Francis
    (Joliet, IL)
    Program Tracks:
    Adult Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Utah
    (Salt Lake City, UT)
    Program Tracks:
    NP with Focus on Rural Substance Abuse (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    (Milwaukee, WI)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    (Oshkosh, WI)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Vanderbilt University
    (Nashville, TN)
    Program Tracks:
    Acute Care Nurse Practitioner – ACNP (online), Adult Nurse Practitioner – ANP (online), Adult Nurse Practitioner/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner (online), Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care (online), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care (online), Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    NLNAC accredited
    Walden University
    (Minneapolis, MN)
    Program Tracks:
    Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Western University of Health Sciences
    (Pomona, CA)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Wheeling Jesuit University
    (Wheeling, WV)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited
    Wright State University
    (Dayton, OH)
    Program Tracks:
    Family Nurse Practitioner (online)
    Accreditation:
    CCNE accredited

  • Jul 4 '13

    How do you feel about the student loan rates doubling this fall? If the rates stay up will it make you reconsider your plans?



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  • Jun 25 '13
  • Jun 25 '13

    niudou,

    Hopefully, in 48 days, I willl be a graduate of the USA FNP program!!

    I think if you do a search you will find many comments (lots actually from my classmates and I) about USA FNP program.

    My experience...on one hand, if I had to do it over again, I would consider UAB online or one of my local schools with the traditional classroom setting here in VA. On the other hand...after talking with people from other schools, they have many of the same complaints about their programs that my classmates and I have. I feel a larger part of my learning has been in clinicals (so good preceptors are a plus~I've have my share of not so great ones). There seems to be a lot of 'self teaching' and discussion among peers.

    Most of my instructors at USA in the were fine, each with their own "thing" as instructors anywhere have. As compared to other programs, the top 3 things I wish USA would do differently...

    1. Have a longer orientation with more time for skills stations/use of live models. For FNP you go for 2 days the first clinical semester~other tracks have more days. I felt the 2 days we had were 'fluff'. We did pelvic exams on a broken dummy pelvis. Very limited time with urine microscopy. Suture lab on pigs feet (my group was last of the day and we were rushed out in about 30 minutes, maybe less and little to no one on one help). Brief lecture on radiology. I think the major point of the visit was to have a proctored exam. The best part was meeting and hanging out with my classmates!

    Other students I have spoken with actually get to use live models to learn skills such as pelvics, and of course head to toe assessment. I think even 1 day or 1/2 day of that at orientation would've been useful, even if there were additional cost. At a school here in VA they have at least four 2 hour sessions with live models before going into their first clinical semester.

    2. A little more flexibility on test schedules...after all, most people go online to be able to go to school around their jobs! Some classes give you 24 hour access, or two one hour entry times on a given day. Once you get to the last 4 semesters, there is ONE entry time for everyone.

    3. More lectures, either video recorded or live feed. Very few of these. It seems they have a ton of them because when they do rarely assign a video, there are often pages of them. However, no way to download/save them to listen later (trust me no time for extra 1-2 hour videos with all the reading assigned).

    Overall, I do think there are some changes that can be made for the better. I think there are times they make things more difficult than they need to be. But, knowing other students from other schools have similar complaints (and often pay A LOT more per credit hour), I wouldn't tell anyone to avoid the program, but to look closely at all of your options. In grad school, it is most of the case that you cannot transfer more than 9 credits, so to change your mind once you get started can cost you a lot of time and money.

  • Jun 25 '13

    Quote from 92mxmom
    for usa...i don't think you need anything 'special' outside of your texts until you get to clinicals. i am in my first clinical semester and let me tell you it is way harder than all other classes before. the tests are nit-pickier and the reading is unbelievable.

    so far...we do have to get epocrates on a handheld device. some are using their blackberries/iphones. i have a palm t/x as suggested by one of the instructors. she recommended keeping a separate device.

    there is one book that another classmate found helpful for soap notes. i just got it and it looks good. haven't had a note due since i got it.

    advanced health assessment & clinical diagnosis in primary care (paperback)
    by [color=#003399]joyce e. dains drph jd rn fnp bc nap (author), [color=#003399]linda ciofu baumann phd aprn bc faan (author), [color=#003399]pamela scheibel rn msn cpnp (author)

    also get the np certification review books. i have fitzgerald and other recommended ones are liek (or leik), and hollier. all of these can be found on amazon.
    thanks for the advice! i have applied to usa to start in summer 2010. my husband and i were having a discussion tonight. he is very supportive of me going back to school, and through this program because we know it is great. but he was expressing his opinion that you don't get the same kind of teaching through an online program as you do when you attend class. i finished my bsn through ju online so i'm familiar with how it works. basically we're teaching ourselves from the textbooks and being tested online, as well as writing papers. what is your opinion of this? do you feel that you're learning this well and will be a well-prepared arnp? i also told him we'll have lots of clinical time with np's and have an abundance of hands on training. it's not like they're going to send us out there unprepared!

    thanks.

  • Jun 25 '13

    I am preparing to graduate from USA this semester.

    I can tell you that the program is changing due to the expectation of implementation of the DNP, which is why the clinical hours where reduced for upcoming students.

    I would state to your questions and concerns, that this is a program that is very linear and self directing. There is no real hand holding here and one must really have their ducks in a row and be organized to be successful. The instructors are nice enough, this is not a bashing, but you will not get massive amounts of help as far study guides or hints for the tests. There are many books and the information between those and the assigned articles are very broad.

    There are some who worked all the way through and there are some who failed because they should not have worked at all. This is an individual question and leaves much on the bearer. Some people do well on their own and are very meticulous in their study habits, others need stimulation. I do not know what your habits or inclinations are, but they will affect your outcomes. I am a straight A student normally and I am graduating with an A/B average and feeling blessed to do so. I did work all the way through, but I know some very bright, exceptional people who "C'd" out by doing the same thing.

    You have to be prepared to not work if the issue becomes apparent that you cannot keep up with the reading. There are no quick fixes...

    Clinical preceptors are found by you, and you have to make sure well in advance for each specialty that you have someone who will be approved if they are not already on their list. This wasn't too hard for me, because I had lots of contacts. If it is the FNP program you are going into, you will need an OB, an Internal Medicine Doctor, a Pediatrician, and a Family Practice doctor ahead of time. And one of the certifying bodies wants you to precept at least some of your time with an ARNP, so if you can find someone in advance that meets the bill, then do so....It is much better to ask in advance as there are limited spaces available for the few who offer spaces. I recommend booking them six months in advance. You are not allowed to do clinicals for a doctor you work for except in special circumstances (ie. military overseas with more than one medical facility that you do not work for...but are affiliated with)

    good luck

  • Jun 25 '13

    My understanding of the rules as they apply and with the information you have given me, is probably no.

    You would have to write your advisors and ask. The only time you can use a preceptor associated with your job is if it something like you are in Iraq and there are no other base hospitals and then there are rules that apply to even this, or perhaps the company you work for has several locations in different cities, and you go to use one of those, in a city, you do not live in or work in.

    You cannot use the doctors you work with, whether they are employed by your employer or not, because they work at the place you do. Perhaps, if they had an outside office, you might be able to go there... Unfortunately, you will have to locate preceptors outside your comfort zone, and use contacts to obtain those early.

    The school will not consider a preceptor within your current work environment. It is not allowed, they say it puts you in situation of role confusion. You need to evolve as a NP and it is too easy to be pulled into your RN role, if you try to train in that environment. This is the way it was related to us.

    You will have to have different preceptors also, depending on your track. If it is FNP, you will need a pediatrician, ob/gyn, internal medicine, and family practice physician. You will also need to contract with a dermatologist, orthopedist, radiologist, opthamologist, etc for your observations.

    Again, to confirm, contact the administration of your school. Also be aware there is a mandatory component being requested by the certifying bodies that a dominant portion of your education in clinicals be provided by an ARNP.

    Make sure you obtain your clinical contracts early. Try at least 6 months in advance and get them locked in. You will need a CV, a signed contract, and proof of liability insurance for the primary specialities. You will not need them for the observations, unless this has changed.

    Good luck.

  • Jun 24 '13

    My distance school was in Alabama with me living in the Midwest. Because their distance program was so established, they already had existing contracts with facilities in most states, and even overseas for military. There were not any pediatric places in my state they had a contract with, but it was no problem, and I established contracts with two major hospitals with one being a children's hospital where I work now. So, they didn't always have specific preceptors set up, but I did not have any problem. I contacted offices I had been to before, and contacted the local NP chapters. I got responses right away for people who wanted to help me. We just had a form from my school they had to sign. I live in a big city with A LOT of nursing/NP/physician/DO schools and did not have a problem. Maybe it depends on which part of the country you are in, but I had no problems at all. Your school will help you with any paperwork necessary. It is not a big deal.

  • Jun 24 '13

    I have been in the PNP program since the fall 2011. In my second semester now with Pharm and Nursing Roles. My opinion is the program is good. Don't expect to be spoon fed though. It is very self directed. If you do the work, readings, spend time on your threaded discussions and papers, you will do fine. Some have put down the fact that courses have open book exams, thinking that makes it easier. Open book helps with some answers but for the most part you have to know your stuff. Many answers required application of knowledge and higher level thinking skills. 50 questions in an hour but you don't have that much time to look things up. I got an A in each of my courses. Did well on my first Pharm exam though that required much more application skills than some of the Patho. There is credibility to the program. They use the Remote Proctor and believe me you can't get away with much including a phone ringing, dog barking, etc. It must be test environment as if in a classroom. I firmly believe your grad education is what you make of it. Regardless of what school you are in, if you want to put the time in, you will learn. I am enjoying the program, though I miss human interaction in a classroom setting. But the study groups are great and have conversed with many good people who are in the same boat as me. Hope this is helpful to you!

  • Apr 27 '13

    I live in Florida and am starting my FNP program online through South University out of Savannah, Ga. Your degree only needs to be from a recognized/approved school. Florida has a couple of online programs, but the state colleges do not offer this option and when you live a far piece from school, is it worth it for the dollars. When I compared different schools from all over, some are extremely expensive (around 800/hr) and some are not (around 350-400/hr). Compared to going to a state school and driving....I am actually spending about the same amount of money but have the comfort of studying when I can and being able to do the clinicals locally. Since I am going into the FNP program, the school does not want any acute settings, so I did my research on local physicians and contacted the offices. I then followed up with a cover letter, a copy of the requirement I would be needing for that preceptorship as well as what was expected during my rotation to the offices and gave them to the front desk girl. Each office I contacted gave me a resounding approval to come and do my rotations.

  • Apr 20 '13

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