Hello all,I'm considering applying to a psych NP program in the next few years, and will be living nowhere near a program. My only option then is online. Anyone have experience with a program, good or bad? Things I'm looking for are, in order of importance:1. Quality - do you feel like you're really learning to practice as an independent mental health nurse practitioner?2. Cost - some are just so expensive!3. Clinical experience preceptor help - does the school help or must you do it alone?Thanks so much!
Go to the cheapest program you can that has the best reputation where you want to work. As the NP market continues to get flooded by all the professional schools that are very easy to get into, name recognition and solid reputation of your program are going to matter more and more for employers, etc., especially a new grad w/no NP experience. One good thing is that psych is a less popular specialty, which helps keep salaries higher.
Also, I'd recommend only attending institutions that provide the entirety of your training (clinicals as well), considering that NP schools vary a lot in their quality, unlike PA or MD/DO school. Talk to people in the programs your considering, new grads, etc.
Last edit by myelin on Dec 2, '12