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- by Marie32 Apr 30I was looking into the University of Central Missouri's online MSN program. Has anyone attended the program or is familiar with it? The only thing that worries me is that it is a focus in rural health nursing and I wonder if that really matters...
- May 6 by lefrench123Hi,
I attend the program, under the nurse educator focus. It's been a really good program, and I definitely feel prepared to teach. I will graduate in the next couple of semesters. Although I have many good things to say about the program, they have recently had curriculum revisions and are doing away with a research project requirement. I think that this could be harmful to students who want to go on to gain their doctorates (DNP or PhD) because one's research is a topic on all of these program's applications. However, if you are just wanting to earn your master's in either track (NE or FNP), I don't think the rural focus really matters. Many programs claim to have an area of interest and may require a class or two on that interest. There was one rural nursing core course for this program, but the curricular changes did away with this course and added something with a broader focus. Either way, you are still eligible to sit for your FNP certification (if that's your track) or teach with a masters (just remember that to gain a tenure position in a college, you have to go on for your doctorates).
- May 6 by Marie32Thanks for responding! I am not too concerned about the research project because I don't want to go on to get my doctorate. Do you like the program...is it doable while working full-time? Why did you choose this program...do you want to do something in rural nursing? I'm just afraid if that's where I go, the rural focus will hold me back. I am looking at Benedictine, which is much more expensive, but I really like their program from the looks of it.
- May 7 by lefrench123I love the program, and it is definitely doable working full time. It is part-time only, and they will only allow you to take 2 classes at a time. There is usually one assignment due in each class per week, but each assignment does require a good bit of reading, and at times class discussion. Each class also has 1-2 projects due a semester (some you have to do with classmates) but the professors will give you a few assignment free weeks so that you have time to complete the project. Are you wanting to do FNP or NE?? I really don't think the rural focus will hold you back in either case. Schools of nursing just want someone with at least a Masters in Nursing to teach (most don't even care what your focus was), and FNP students gain varied experiences. I don't feel like there's a huge emphasis on rural nursing. The research project I did focused more on online education, and they were fine with that. I don't plan to do anything in rural nursing, I chose the program because it was online, inexpensive, and I liked that it was an actual brick and mortar school (I know people who have had good and terrible experiences with some of the schools that are online only). The instructors are all nice and helpful.