I have posted this question before but I may have posted it in the wrong place and didn't get too many responses (not the grad school forum?) so I'm trying once again.
I'm currently awaiting decisions from Columbia, Yale and BC for their combined RN/MSN programs. I applied to the psych specialty and have a Yale interview coming up this month. I live in NYC so Columbia is very convenient in terms of location -- but Yale is of course an amazing school and the opportunity to go there would be wonderful. But I can't seem to find much information on how the programs compare -- I mean, there is always the US News & World Report that ranks the schools... but I don't really know what that includes and what exactly is being rated -- and there's not much on the particular specialties. What is the difference between these programs, which one's better, and by how much? What have people's experiences been like in these programs? Does it make that big of a difference where you go when choosing between two well-renowned schools such as Columbia and Yale?
Thanks much for any information you can offer.
Feb 2, '11
I haven't found out much more, to be honest. I have a friend who finished the Columbia program for family NP and she and her friends from the program don't know ANYBODY who did the psych route -- which strikes me as a little strange. I was hoping to get in touch with some psych-ers and hear their take on the faculty, the overall program, and placements.
I did my Yale interview about two weeks ago and was so impressed, loved the faculty and the community and what I heard about the clinical placements, but I live in NYC and would love to fall in love with Columbia to justify wanting to stay here. =) At this point, all I have come up with is that Columbia seems to be fairly disorganized and has a slightly less impressive first year program, but I know nothing about the specialty in comparison to Yale's (which is, as I'm sure you know, apparently fantastic for psych).
I think what I'll end up doing is wait to hear about admissions, and if (hopefully when) I get accepted, I will go to the accepted applicants day and email the program director to try and get in touch with some psych students; that way I can get a better idea of the overall experience. I don't want to be miserable for three years!
Part of me is leaning towards Yale (I applied for family psych) because they have such a focus on child/adolescent that Columbia doesn't have, but since you applied for adult, that doesn't seem to be much of a factor. I don't know how much care Columbia takes with placements, but I've heard, in general, that they are not as particular, nor are they as intent on making great placements as Yale is. Hmmmm......
Last edit by WilliamsRower on Feb 2, '11
Feb 7, '11
Hi! Yeah I got into Columbia also!! Yay us!!! We should definitely keep in touch -- I'd love to keep exchanging notes on all this. We should definitely meet up on the March 4 date -- I'm really looking forward to hearing more about the program. That's great to know about the psych hospitals -- I hadn't known what percentage of the placements were in the psych hospitals with which they are affiliated, but hopefully a lot! Can't wait to learn more. xo
Last edit by sirI on Mar 27, '13