Online MSN in OHN at Univ of Iowa
0Jul 23, '09 by lynnr_98I am applying to the online MSN in Occupational Health Nursing at the University of Iowa. The problem is that I was told that if they do not get enough applicants, they may discontinue the program! They need at least 8 people for a cohort. The application deadline is October 26th for Fall 2010 (it was recently moved up). It's NIOSH funded therefore, most, if not all of your tuition is paid...what a deal! Oh, and there is no GRE required! Yippee!
I'm hoping they get enough applicants to keep the program going so I'm spreading the word!
Here is their website:
And a sample plan of study:
If they don't continue the program or I don't get in, then I'll take the GRE and apply to North Carolina's program. I sure am hoping they continue this program and that I'm accepted!
0Jul 26, '09 by lynnr_98Hi Lilly,
According to their website, it's 100% if you attend full-time and 100% of the Occ Health Nursing students receive support; Not sure what the tuition rate it though, but guess it doesn't matter if they're paying for it!
Occupational Health Nursing
Focus is on providing nursing care in the work place. In cooperation with the College of Public Health, students will learn about industrial hygiene, safety policy and regulation, hazard and safety assessment, toxicology, ergonomics, and the clinical management of occupational illnesses. Specialized courses specific to case management, injury prevention, and agricultural health.
This program offers funding for students - tuition paid (for part- and full-time students) and monthly stipend (for full-time students). 100% of Occ Health Nursing students receive financial support. Most receive 100% tuition paid and full-time students are eligible for a monthly stipend.
33 semester hours
Full and part-time study available
0Jul 26, '09 by JerseyLillyLynn,
Thanks for your info. I am going to check it out tomorrow. Keep us posted on what happens. Hopefully, our sister (and brother) OHN's out there will give us some feedback if they've done the online course or know some things they can pass on to us! And of course, hopefully the minimum of candidates will be met to run the program in 2010.
0Dec 18, '09 by lynnr_98I just got my acceptance letter today! It doesn't have any information regarding the NIOSH tuition assistance. Guess that will come later? I'll keep you posted as I get more information. All I know for now is that classes start on 8/23/10 and there is a mandatory orientation on 8/20/10. Glad it's during the summer! I don't think I could handle going to Iowa in the winter.
0Jul 11, '10 by SunDazedHey
Just wondering how the program is going. I am in the process of putting together an application packet. The UI SON has again this summer taken down almost their whole website. They did it last summer too. Last time I saw the website it looked like the classes had names like Occ Health 1, 2, 3, 4... there appeared to be no summer sessions... am I remembering this correctly? Do you think it would be possible to work full time and do the program full time? How are your clinical experiences arranged? Any other surprises that you never would have thought to ask about?
0Jul 11, '10 by lynnr_98Hi sundazed,
The program doesn't start until late August. I'll be attending the mandatory orientation on August 20th so will have more information then. At this point in time, I'm still unsure how much NIOSH is going to pay. I've read posts by people going to other NIOSH funded OHN programs where NIOSH paid 100% of their tuition but from what I've been told, it's only about 50% at Iowa...not sure why but I will be asking that at the orientation. I don't want to go into debt to do this program!
I signed up for a full-time caseload and will give it a try while working full-time. My kids are grown and my husband can take care of himself so I'm hoping with good time management, I can pull it off. If it seems like too much after I begin, I'll switch to part-time. I'll update you once I go to orientation and begin the classes!
0Jul 11, '10 by SunDazedThanks! lynnr_98 - I look forward to hearing about it. I was too late to apply last year partly because I delayed when I was told that the class might not happen due to not enough applicants. This year I have spoken to Ken Culp from the heartland center and he seemed much more positive about the whole program than the person I corresponded with from U of I via email last year.
I agree about not wanting to take on too much more debt. I will have most of my BSN loans paid off by 2013 if I can keep working full time. I was under the impression that 100% of tuition would probably be covered. If not, I may not be able to do the program either. Definitely interested in hearing more about how it works out for you. I know that the cohort 2011 will be the last chance to just get a Masters, otherwise it is doctorate school or go home. Would like to get in under that deadline too... not ready to take on the burden of a doctoral program.
Good luck. I hope it all works out well.
0Aug 27, '10 by lynnr_98Ok SunDazed, here's some more info regarding the program. Even though I'm not in the state of Iowa, I'm considered a resident for funding purposes. NIOSH paid 100% of my tuition this year. The form I signed said they're paying $14098 for the year. Not too shabby, huh?! The only money I've spent so far was on my trip to Iowa and I bought a couple of books.
I was surprised that I'm the only one in the program that doesn't live in Iowa, even though it's a distance program. I kind of feel like I'm at a disadvantage compared to the other students. They can form study groups if they want, can go to the campus library, bookstore, nursing department, etc. whereas I can't. Also, they were all placed in practicum sites in Iowa. Since I'm in California, I will be doing research instead of being placed at a site. Not exactly what I had envisioned but for a practically free education, guess I can't complain too much! I could look for a practicum site if I really wanted but it would be difficult to do clinical while working M-F at my regular job.
If you apply for next year, since it's the last year of the MSN program, you will have to go full-time. I have to say that after reading the syllabii for each class, I kind of wished I would have signed up for part-time but was told it's too late to change. IT IS A LOT OF WORK! I will not have a life for the next 2 years! There is sooo much reading, discussion boards, papers, etc. I don't know how I'm going to do this but I'm just going to keep plugging along and hope that I make it!
I was surprised at the number of students working on their PhDs and DNPs. They looked so young..made me feel like I should have done this years ago. Oh well, better late than never. Everyone was very nice...Ken is great and very helpful. He is trying to get us funding so we can all attend the AAOHN conference next year in Atlanta. Should be fun! I'll keep you posted as I move through the program. Let me know if you have any questions.....