Case Western Reserve University

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    I have recently applied to the MSN Psych NP program at CWRU. Does any have any experience with the application process, being admitted or denied, financial aid (is it just loans?), and the program itself? Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
    Last edit by resilientnurse on Jun 18, '11
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    I recently got a job on a psych unit and my manager got one of her degrees from CWRU, one from a school in San Diego, and one from OSU.

    She said it is a great school, but not worth the $$. She said to save your $$ and get your degree from a public school. She actually said she felt like she got a better education from the public school in San Diego than CWRU.
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    I will start the FNP program at Case in August and I can't wait! I remember speaking with the director of the MSN Psych program during an open house last winter and she said that her cohorts have been very small (I think she said only 6 last year) and that she accepted everyone who happened to apply. I guess the psych candidates were really well qualified that year. She also mentioned how closely her students work with the med school students and faculty. It sounds like a great program! As far as the application process, I completed my application materials for fall in Feb/Mar and got my acceptance letter the beginning of May. I also applied for aid and a scholarship that my advisor told me about in the beginning of June. I just today heard about the scholarship (I got it!) but still have not heard about financial aid. Sorry I don't have more info about that. Hope this helps and best of luck!
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    Hi JOHIO,

    Can you tell me more about the scholarships available? I must've missed that news bulletin. Thanks.
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    JOHIO-
    Could you give me more information about the FNP program...Just wondering how it went...where you able to work during it? Where were the clinicals completed? Did you find it very hard? Thanks
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    Hello!
    So I finished that program last January. It was challenging but not impossible! I worked full time nights during most of the program but I don't recommend that, it was just awful and I found that they were not very accommodating to those of us who had work/family obligations. Plus I was an absolute zombie for the whole 15 months it took to finish! If you're able to only work part time (or better yet prn) I think you'd be better off. The clinicals were all over the place. They didn't do a great job of finding placements for everyone and there were a few nervous weeks when several of us didn't have any placements at all! I had to find my own clinical sites a couple times but from what I've heard we had it better than people at some other schools. My favorite clinical site was at NEON on the east side. i had a preceptor i loved and a setting/population that i was very interested in so i learned a lot. I also had placements at teen health clinic in lkwd, a private peds practice in loraine, an occupational health clinic by the airport and a nursing home/home health care group around parma. They do their best to place you where you have at least some interest. All in all I'm not sure it's worth the incredibly steep price tag, but I did walk out of the program with a ton of job offers so I'm happy about that at least! Let me know if you have any. Other questions! Good luck!
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    Quote from foreverLaur
    I recently got a job on a psych unit and my manager got one of her degrees from CWRU, one from a school in San Diego, and one from OSU.

    She said it is a great school, but not worth the $$. She said to save your $$ and get your degree from a public school. She actually said she felt like she got a better education from the public school in San Diego than CWRU.
    Most people have talked to while I was there, felt that the price was not worth it. There are schools just as good, OSU being one of them. The cost of living near campus is much higher then other Ohio schools. The ranking of nursing schools doesn't make sense as the other state schools I attended were just as good as Case. Some of the Case instructors (won't mention any names, but my fellow classmates know who they are) were badly informed and terrible at teaching. I guess all it take these days at Case is to publish like crazy, get tenure and live off the fat of over priced student tuition, which you will be burdened with for years. Psych is in demand now, particularly at VA Clinics, so getting a job is no problem.

    Good Luck!


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