University of Wisconin Oshkosh bs to bsn online

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    Hello I am looking at making a career change from business to nursing eventually going for NP. I need online live in Missouri found UWosh online accelerated, can anyone who is in or graduated from there give me details of how daily schedules occurred. Did you have chat time or specific times daily for login to school work etc. Just trying to figure out how to afford not working?
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    I'm applying to the program. I think the classes are mostly asynchronous, but you have to be available for clinicals whenever your preceptors are working, so the schedule is unpredictable. Accelerated programs are more than a full-time commitment, and I believe they make you sign something saying you will have no other job for the duration. They say the coursework alone involves 100+ pages per day of reading, and during the months of clinicals, you're looking at 60-70 hour weeks, including study time and clinical hours. You may want to look into a part-time accel program somewhere, though I've not seen one with online coursework as an option.
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    Thanks for the information. Keep me posted about your acceptance and how it's going i will be curious? What career field were you in before you decided nursing?
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    My undergrad and grad degrees are in dramatic lit and theatre history, but I was a biology minor as an undergrad, so I had a lot of the science classes already. I am a birth doula and childbirth educator now. The ultimate goal is family nurse-midwifery.

    As I understand it, the Oshkosh application review process is pretty long, so I'll probably be waiting a while to hear anything.
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    Hello I am looking at making a career change from business to nursing eventually going for NP. I need online live in Missouri found UWosh online accelerated, can anyone who is in or graduated from there give me details of how daily schedules occurred. Did you have chat time or specific times daily for login to school work etc. Just trying to figure out how to afford not working?
    I'm currently in the program, and so far I'm really enjoying it. I haven't started clinicals yet (about two weeks away), so I can't speak for the time commitment then, but so far it's been keeping me quite busy. Everyday there is assigned reading, usually anywhere between 40 and 100 pages (Don't let the 40 fool you though, these are textbook pages, not novels). You are also required to post on discussion boards answering various questions. In my opinion, the best part about this program (other than the obvious getting it done quickly) is that you only take one class at a time. Yea you're taking an entire class in only two or three week's time, but you only have one class to focus on and completely immerse yourself in so it's doable. So far, I've actually had more free time than I had anticipated, although my first degree is in biology and I've had a very science-heavy background which probably makes it easier.

    As far as affording the program...it's EXPENSIVE. Just about everyone is taking out loans to pay for living expenses in addition to tuition.
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    Thanks good luck and keep me posted very interested in learning as much before starting this journey.
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    In the program right now.
    Last edit by CC Wisconsin on Feb 22, '13
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    So what is your typical day like?
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    I am also curious to read the answer to this question. I understand that there are 8-10 hours of reading/studying per day, but am also curious about how much synchronous activity is required (live lectures, chats, etc, requiring attendance at a specific time of day)? I like the idea of having some synchronous interaction with faculty and classmates because it seems like it would feel more personal, but I imagine that a lot of scheduled stuff could also detract a little from the benefits of an online program where you can schedule your study time in a way that works best for you.

    Does the course load shift at all once clinicals start, or will your estimated study time remain constant throughout the program, with clinicals just added on top? I'm assuming the latter, but wondered if they do any front-loading of theory in the first four months?
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    Hello!
    I also applied for the October 2013 cohort. I just had my online interview today. The waiting is the hardest part!


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