Changed My Mind - page 3

Well since I can't decide what I want to be when I grow up, I've decided to drop the NP as of now. Going to finish a MSN, which I can get done in less than a year (education & Informatics). Now I... Read More

  1. Visit  PMHNP10 profile page
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    Quote from zenman
    You sound confused. You love online for didactic courses but not for clinical courses. I've never heard anyone doing clinical other than face-to-face. I've had both brick and morter and online courses, both undergrad and grad and think having to sit in a classroom is one of the most inefficient methods of education and thankfully many educators think so also. I don't want to share my feelings, thoughts and experiences with fellow students. I want to do that with my preceptor who is hopefully ahead of me...not a peer.
    I promise there is no confustion whatsoever on my part, so let me clarify so you can understand what I'm saying...

    I'm not referring to clinical in any way. UT-H set up their programs to have core grad classes (e.g., theory, stats, research), core advanced practice classes (e.g. pharm, pathophys, legal and ethical, health promo, phys exam) and clinical focus classes which include an actual clinical portion but also has a class room portion--some refer to the classes of this part of the program as modules, in which there are 3, and each lasts 1 semester. For instance, in the psych program, one module will focus on individual therapy; one on group therapy; and one on family therapy. All the other masters programs have a similar setup of 3 modules (with corresponding clinical) with a different focus in each module.

    It's these modules that I beleive should absolutely not be online; maybe web enhanced so you can view the lecture portion of the class, but IMHO as much of the class time should be spent with minimal lecture as possible. Again, IMHO, real learning occurs when you can have face-to-face discussion and sharing of ideas.
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    I got cheated out of my 5 minute time limit to edit....

    I wanted to add: I agree, sitting in a classroom for 1, 2, 3, 4 hrs while some instructor lectures at me is incredibly inefficient. Fortunately there are instructors out there who are able to enable a classroom environment conducive to learning without monotonously reading slides from a powerpoint.
  3. Visit  yellow finch profile page
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    Quote from zenman
    You sound confused. You love online for didactic courses but not for clinical courses. I've never heard anyone doing clinical other than face-to-face. I've had both brick and morter and online courses, both undergrad and grad and think having to sit in a classroom is one of the most inefficient methods of education and thankfully many educators think so also. I don't want to share my feelings, thoughts and experiences with fellow students. I want to do that with my preceptor who is hopefully ahead of me...not a peer.
    In my undergrad program 90% of the lectures consisted of a powerpoint presentation with the instructor reading right off the screen. No details or depth beyond that. Questions were explained in short sentences and occasionally deviating from the subject. I can read a powerpoint and don't need someone to do it for me. Those courses were all self-study.

    On the other hand, the online courses were more intense because we couldn't fudge our assignments and actually had to do research before posting. There were absolute deadlines that could not be avoided. This is partly why I chose an online FNP program. There were other reasons aside from this, but I find that my master's education has been extremely challenging and far more rewarding. Plus, I can't sit still for too long. I tend to drift and lose interest in what's going on in the classroom.

    I agree with you in that my preceptors are the ones teaching me the practical knowledge I'll need once I'm working as an independent provider. I learn so much about the material we're learning in class during clinicals. As it happens, my school has greater than 95% passing rate on the NP boards. The online program must be working so far.


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