UoP dual master's program

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    I am about to finish my BSN through the University of Phoenix online program. I'm an RN with 18 solid years of NICU, PICU, and adult and pediatric heme/oncology experience. I've also done a year of assistant nurse management. I am looking at continuing on for my master's degree- this is the reason I pursued my Bachelor's and I am torn by which route to go in.

    I have 3 kids and support my mother so it is imperative that I work full-time. UoP has been a great fit for that reason and absolutely I feel like I have learned a lot from their classes. It's not a cake walk and I am not "buying" my degree. However, I have heard some speak dispargingly about online degrees. I am wondering in the future will pursuing my MSN/MBA through UoP hurt me? I don't want to spend all the time and money on the degree if employers will look at it as an "easy degree". I have read on here several people that are in the dual MBA/MSN program.

    Is there any happy successful UoP graduates out there. I am tempted to continue on with UoP just because I understand their program, I've been successful at it. I have the APA formatted papers down, their tools for research are comfortable for me. Again, though, I don't want to be stuck with a lame duck degree. Anybody's thoughts and opinions on the subject are valued and thank you in advance for sharing.
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    Yep, me, I'm very happy. I did the MSN in management/leadership and graduated in 2005. I was originally enrolled in the dual MSN/MBA but hated, hated, hated the business, so I dropped that.

    After my MSN, I did a post-MSN adult health CNS and haven't looked back. In fact, I'm doing another post-MSN CNS this time in peds.

    No problem getting hired at all. I too have 18 years of experience.
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    Thanks for the reassurance traumaRUs. What are you doing now- are you using your CNS? Had you at first wanted to go into management but then changed your mind and when for the CNS? Thanks!
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    Quote from janetthomasrn
    I am about to finish my BSN through the University of Phoenix online program. I'm an RN with 18 solid years of NICU, PICU, and adult and pediatric heme/oncology experience. I've also done a year of assistant nurse management. I am looking at continuing on for my master's degree- this is the reason I pursued my Bachelor's and I am torn by which route to go in.

    I have 3 kids and support my mother so it is imperative that I work full-time. UoP has been a great fit for that reason and absolutely I feel like I have learned a lot from their classes. It's not a cake walk and I am not "buying" my degree. However, I have heard some speak dispargingly about online degrees. I am wondering in the future will pursuing my MSN/MBA through UoP hurt me?
    I went to UoP and received my BSN. As you said, earning my degree was a lot of work and by no means a "cake walk." I would have continued on at UoP for my MSN, but my employer offered more tuition reimbursement to go to University of MD's online MS program. Many colleges are using an online format for BSN and graduate degrees, and I don't think these degrees are viewed any differently than degrees from a traditional program.

    Congratulations on completing your BSN!!


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