Quote from dkf66
I am slated to start the FNP online program @ Graceland 8/31/09. I am debating between this school and Univ of Colorado - Colorado Springs. I was accepted to both but am really unsure which is a better fit for me. Does anyone know if Statistics is required in either program?
Stats is required for Graceland, and I assume it would be for CU CO Springs. Did you not have it for your BSN?
I have no complaints about Graceland. They have made some changes that won't effect me, but that I feel are really positive. The HARDEST thing IMHO for any of these programs, distance or otherwise, is finding a preceptor. You should be looking right now
! If they are easy to find in your area, then you have just completed the biggest obstacle to FNP training.
Consider the cost. I don't know how expensive CU CO Springs is and if you are considered out of state or not. Graceland is exensive (around the Univ/Phoenix range). Also consider how flexible you can be in terms of schedule. Odds are if you are currently working 5 eights/9-5, you will have to change positions or seek other employment, as the bank schedule will interfere with clinicals. If you are working 12s and you can move the days around pretty easy (weekends/nights, etc) you will most like be able to continue to work. Of course there is spouse/significant other, kids, family, etc to consider.
They are both good programs. The first NP program in the country was in CU Denver. It began with a PNP course and grew from there.