Anyone know about Maryville's FNP program? - page 22

I am writing to see if anyone has attended or heard good things about Maryville University's FNP program? They are starting a new online FNP program next year, but am kind of leery because I am not... Read More

  1. by   keisha e
    I had a reasonable amount of papers for my first 5 classes. It is mangeable. Did you get in?
  2. by   keisha e
    Did you transfer to Maryville?
  3. by   WORKIN-RN
    keisha e

    I applied to maryville post master FNP for this summer. How do you like it ? What are the test like ?
  4. by   nursingonpurpose
    Hello, I am considering MVU. What are your thoughts thus far about the program?
  5. by   nursingonpurpose
    Hello, I am thinking of attending Maryville. Can anyone post any info regarding the program?
  6. by   nursingonpurpose
    Can anyone post there experience with Maryville thus far?
    I am considering their program.
  7. by   mrvlegov
    I transferred from Maryville about a year ago. VERY disorganized, teachers were nonexistent and ridiculous amount of papers, group projects and presentations with very little direction and no clarification. The teachers didn't know what was expected or didn't respond when you asked them. I hope it gets better but the current students have told me not much has changed.
  8. by   keisha e
    Some negative things have been posted but I can only speak from my own perspective. The program is moderate and doable for us who work as the classes and pace are structured so that you do not feel overwhelmed. I have only had to take two classes during one of my semesters and I passed both. The content and material are equivalent to the FNP standard so you can learn what you need to pass the exam when you graduate without a lot of fluff.

    There are a few professors who are in the doctoral Nursing program and seem a little disorganized at times but I got past that. Two in particular! I commented on the end of term feedback that they get it together. All the others were great and made themselves available to the students. I had no trouble locating preceptors and so I can say if you live in Florida I can help you find some easily.

    I did not have any problem with any classes and I think if you approach school seriously and devote the time to prepare for classes you will succeed. Good luck.
  9. by   75495RN
    I started at Maryville in February. I had completed almost four semesters at Baylor (brick-and-mortar traditional, and a little whacky in some ways, but OK if you were in the inner circle). My husband became ill and everything stopped except caring for him. After he was well enough, it took me longer to recover from the stress. It's amazing what you can do when you have to, but you still have to pay the piper eventually.

    I eventually went for a BSN (I already had a BA and MA and a very decent transcript, good GRE, so that's how I got into Baylor--oh, and I paid a grand an hour after the "scholarship"). I felt if I took a few steps back and got a run at it, I might be able to get back into the right mode.

    My only disappointment with Maryville was the low intellect and poor academic skills of many of my classmates. That sounds arrogant, I know. Perhaps for some whose grades haven't been spectacular, that might be a comfort. It scared the crap out of me, because since Baylor (a "Christian" school, mind you) had refused me an I or W when my husband's metastatic cancer was diagnosed, I was admitted conditionally. I had had a 4.0 in my ASN program. I was Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key and Psi Chi, all honor societies you have to be invited to. At the time, obviously, I was in no position to go fight with anyone in Dallas or Waco, and after he got well, I thought, it isn't going to matter. Well, it did. Oh, I should add that just before I started at Maryville, I was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau for the 4.0 I'd earned at UTA. And here I found myself surrounded by teammates (that particular course was entirely done by teams) who could not conjugate a verb, did not understand what they read, plagiarized (that was kind of funny--two of them posted the identical material, I mean to the letter, in a graded discussion board post!), and if they didn't understand an assignment, they just said, I don't know. Since teams all receive the same grade, I cringed at the thought my name was going on those papers. Cringed, no--I cried. I eventually "volunteered" to be the one to polish and submit, and I just rewrote everything.

    So I decided that Maryville was not for me. Out of the frying pan and into the fire. I went back to UTA, where you must take the courses they say, when they say. The first courses for the two year option were Theory (very doable, manageable, heavy on the writing, reading and with lots of freedom to work when you can, how you can) and Advanced Pathophysiology, where everything was very rigid, you tested with an active video recording going on the whole time by some website that for all you know has access to all kinds of things on your computer--and the exams are given in a two hour block and you by golly will take that test then and arrange your schedule accordingly. It is very thoroughly and aggressively policed. I understand that there are those who cheat, but there are also those whose anxiety levels are already pretty high (most high achievers with consciences) who are pushed past their best work by that environment. The professor point blank says if you are working or taking another course, don't plan on passing. The material is massive and the detail is exhaustingly minute.

    If I am going to reach my goal, I realized, I needed to set aside my academic arrogance, follow the advice of a mentor who knows me well, and take the simplest straightest path. I have to have faith that my instructors will see my work for my work, even if it is embedded in a team of people who do not embrace the academic standards which are typical of masters level work, or to which they agree.

    As for not being able to find a professor? This was not my problem at all. We had a phone number and email address, and the professor always answered. She was quite a comfort and a cheerleader for all of us. Her job, she said, was to nurture us from novice to expert. I have never had a professor so accessible, so supportive or so caring. If the others at Maryville are half as good as she was, as a human, as a thinker, as a teacher, as a nurse, I'll consider myself to be blessed.
  10. by   danashawn
    I currently attend MVU and like anything there are bumps along the way. However, I have found the courses to be doable with a full time job and family. Yes, there are more group projects than I anticipated and they only go well when you have good members in your group, but overall they have been okay. Some professors are more engaged than others, but that is like any other University. Most professors offer two chat meetings a week in order for students to ask questions directly. Even the most disorganized professors have these open chats. Although some assignments aren't clean cut, if you follow the grading rubric to the T you will be perfectly fine. There is a lot of "busy" work as far as paper writing, but I guarantee by the second class you will be up on your paper writing skills, lol. The negatives I have found: large amount of group assignments which means weekly group chats via skype/google; a lot of paper writing; some disorganized professors. Positives: Scheduled assignments are due same time each week, so easy to follow; easy to reach professors via phone, text, and email; work is not HARD, just busy; work is doable with busy schedule (I worked 4 days a week, plus call on weekend); entire syllabus and grading rubric is laid out so you can work ahead; and you stay with the same students each semester so you get to know them pretty well (this makes projects easier).
    Overall, I am glad I chose this school. No place is perfect, but this school is providing me with what I need to reach my goal of becoming a NP. If someone does find that perfect school with perfect courses, professors, students, and curriculum you are one lucky person, but doubt it will happen! I am happy with MVU!!! (oh, I have just completed my 4th class, all A's so far and yes I had to work for it, we had plenty of students drop out!)
  11. by   75495RN
    danashawn, I'm really glad to see your post. I've applyed for re-entry. I'm not too worried about work, I think if it's easy, there's not a lot of point (jmho). Have you taken pathophysiology yet? That's my biggest worry.
  12. by   blesso2014
    can you tell me more about this program. I applied and still waiting for answer, I am worried though about the new DNP requirement
  13. by   75495RN
    I heard from my adviser there that this class is pretty big, and they were working on acceptance decisions last week. The DNP requirement is for people who start school after it is in effect, January '15 I think. So you are good if you can get into a program before then. I'd apply to several schools--though I would not recommend UTA, it is an option that might help. My preference is for Maryville--I'm waiting on a readmission decision but am told it is very likely. If you call Maryville, you can get good info from them. They seem to be more honest and open about their program than some other schools....