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- Quote from Alexk49What are you referring to the bridge coursework? I'm confused. If you already have a BSN, there are courses you could appeal to not take?I think it is a requirement for accrediation unless you took similar BSN courses in a nursing program. I found the Bridge great preparation for the MSN especially nursing theory which other MSN student struggled with I had a much easier time. Ditto with Nursing research. If you are going to try to double courses, this would be the time to do it.
- Quote from Nightingale260what have you found in your research regarding post grad certificate programs for your FNP???Hi all fellow UOP students,
I started the MSN/Ed program last October. It's far more intense than I expected but I have found that, as in most worthwhile endeavors, you get back what you put into it.
Reading over the posts in this thread, I have to agree with TraumaRN's guidelines for team charters. I, like most students I've met on this journey, thought of the charter as a nuisance at the beginning. Then recently, I had a class where 2 of my learning teammates were absent most of the time, missed every deadline and then, just when we thought things were going to come together, turned in plagiarized work. Luckily, the three of us who actually took the program seriously were able to spot it and submitted it to writepoint and the instructor. I've heard horror stories about teams that didn't check their group work and all members suffered. It was an eye-opening experience that made me realize that setting up a detailed charter is more about protecting the team as a whole and the integrity of our work than it is about questioning people's honesty.
I've taken 6 classes so far and I've really gained a lot. I've been really lucky to meet several "keeper" classmates and we try to take as many classes together as possible (reducing the risks of teammate nightmares as described above). The academic counselors are pretty good about granting requests of this sort.
The flexibility of online education is so incredibly appealing. This is by no means an easy route, what with working, single momming and now, buying my first home and moving. But I am getting so much out of this program and already seeing new opportunities.
Although I registered for the MSN/Ed program, I am now interested in pursuing FNP as well. I haven't done any solid research yet but if anyone has some info about post grad certification programs that can be completed online, I'd appreciate a heads-up!
P.S. An earlier post asked about Vicki Milazzo and CLNC...I did it a couple of years ago and found it extremely worthwhile. However, the actual work was tedious and boring for the most part. I managed to hook up with a local attorney who fed me plenty of work but we had a parting of the ways when he was defending a drunk driver and I simply couldn't, ethically, help. Just a personal note there.
I'm interested in getting my MSN, but leaning towards FNP or WHNP or midwifery, most interested in midwifery, but the clinicals (regardless if you do it online or not) take about 6 mos to a year and you really can't work (at least not enough to support yourself) so not only do you have no income, you're paying tuition.
So I was curious how other schools looked at UofP to get your post grad certificate.
- Quote from amyg22Do you need a certain amount of nursing experience to apply to the UOP MSN program?
It is my understanding (I just talked to an admissions counselor today) that 3 years full-time of post-high school work experience in healthcare is required, with the last year being as an RN.
- Aug 6, '07 by Ginger's MomQuote from waterfall99What are you referring to the bridge coursework? I'm confused. If you already have a BSN, there are courses you could appeal to not take?
I had a BS in health care adm, therefore no BSN course. Alex
- Aug 7, '07 by waterfall99Quote from Alexk49ahh, thanks for explaining...I had a BS in health care adm, therefore no BSN course. Alex
Can anyone explain the difference between: MSN/health care edu
and MSN/integrative health care ?? at UofP
The descriptions on the website were the same
- Aug 7, '07 by waterfall99WEll, I think I"m going to do it. UofP is seeming more and more like an option for me. It's exactly what I was looking for in wanting to take classes online, one class at a time, at my OWN pace, they seem very organized.
Has anyone done the MSN/Nursing Education track? I'm most leary of the practicum, trying to get all that together at my job, it seems like it wouldn't be too bad, but I want to know the down and dirty nitty gritty of what it's really like. My advisor didn't really know the details of course.
thanks for all the helpful answers in this thread.
- Aug 7, '07 by yellow finchHi there! I'm curious to know what about the UoP MSN programs attracted you to the school. With so many other schools offering online programs was there something that stood out over the others? There just seem to be so many of you! I didn't look at UoP because I'm working on my FNP online, and they don't (or didn't at the time) offer it.
- Aug 7, '07 by traumaRUsFor me, the pace of the MSN was fast. I finished the MSN (management and leadership) in 12 calendar months. It was a killer pace (2 classes all the time with no breaks). However, it was what I wanted at the time.
- Aug 8, '07 by Ginger's MomIt took me 2 years but I also had to do 9 undergrad credits. For me it was the flexibility of being able to start and stop each course. As I got into the program I valued the interaction with the other students.
- Aug 9, '07 by waterfall99Quote from yellow finchHi there! I'm curious to know what about the UoP MSN programs attracted you to the school. With so many other schools offering online programs was there something that stood out over the others? There just seem to be so many of you! I didn't look at UoP because I'm working on my FNP online, and they don't (or didn't at the time) offer it.
well, so far, I've just heard good things about the program and I like the pace of things. One class at a time, is my kind of deal, with being able to take up to a month off inbetween each class. I orginally wanted to do my CNM or WHNP, but I'm not ready to commit to such a long time out of work to do my clinicals. For frontier's CNM program it's about 6 months of clinicals and I looked into Univ of Cinncinatti's online program for CNM and it was an entire year, and the admissions councellor basically said don't plan on working during that time, because you will need to commit 30-40 hours/week plus studying time.