Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 52

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Anyone on here applying to direct entry MSN programs that begin in summer or fall of 2013? I think I have finalized my list of programs to apply to, and I am beginning to get everything together to start applying this... Read More


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    I got into BC for Women's Health too! Now Im debating between BC, MGH, and Columbia. I did a little bit of analysis on the tuition side of things (and minus the fees for the schools) this what I came up with for costs:
    MGH: $104,716
    BC: $80,640
    Columbia: $138,888
    Vanderbilt: $93,458

    Can anyone speak to which schools of these are the best? I dont know if I can really trust the rankings because Columbia ranks like 5th for family practice and then ranks 21st over all? I struggle with rationalizing the cost of Columbia because whether you come from BC or Columbia, you are still a nurse practitioner and you will probably make the same regardless - anyone want to speak to that?

    Congrats to those of you who got into BC and everywhere else - im sure we'll meet at one of these programs!
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    Keats, Columbia does have a 20k scholarship for pretty much everyone. You gotta ask yourself if you want a BSN instead of an RN and what state you want to live in, how big of a program you want, if you want more theory or more practical skills, if you want flexibility to work during the program and if you want to be able to switch specialties... They're all good for different things.
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    Keats - the best school for you is exactly that: the best one for you!

    Have you had a chance to talk to faculty from each school? Different schools have different emphases on learning strategies, what they think their nurses should be at the end of the program, etc. For me, I want to get my CNM but work in home-births, so I have been asking what sort of practices program graduates go in. If a program emphasizes only hospital practices, then it's not the right program for me - so where do you see yourself working? Are you passionate about a specific topic and there's a faculty member who is an expert in that field? Do you want a bigger program vs a smaller program, situated in a bigger vs smaller school?

    Also look at the place you'll live and the cost. It's going to cost you more money to live in Boston or NYC than it is in Nashville, most likely. If you love a big busy city maybe NYC is best. If you want to live in a calm suburb, maybe Boston or Nashville. Where do you want to practice when you graduate? If you want to live and work in Boston, maybe going to a school in Boston is better - you'll get connections during clinicals and have a change to set up your life for a few years without having to uproot again.

    For rankings, I think it's most important to look at your specialty vs the overall school. I don't know if they publish Women's Health rankings, though, so you might need to look at acute vs family practice or see where any midwifery programs rank, since they might share some faculty. Name recognition and rankings are all about personal comfortability, IMO - I have chosen not to apply to some schools because they are ranked in the 30's out of 36 programs, but I also went to a highly ranked undergraduate program and know the benefits I received (and continue to receive) from that, so I'll admit I'm biased!
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    Bbcc thanks for the thorough info! I know it wasnt directed to me but it helped me a lot!
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    Hah, you're welcome! In my current job part of what I do is help graduating college seniors figure out their next step, so I'm used to trying to help people decide between very similar programs or opportunities! Money is a big factor for people, but so is happiness - it wouldn't matter HOW much money Columbia offered me, I would never go because I hate New York!
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    Thanks bbcc! Do you think I would be doing a disservice to myself if I went to Thomas Jefferson over Penn or Emory? Idk if I can justify 100k difference and even a 50K difference. This is so tough!!! If I went to TJU I would be doing clinicals in the same hosptials as the Penn students? Does anyone know if in Philadelphia they like Penn nursing students over TJU, or Drexel?
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    @meep05

    I am in a similar situation. I am deciding between Thomas Jefferson, Columbia, and Emory. I really liked TJU when I visited for my interview but I am concerned I wont be getting as good of an education there/ I don't really know much about how they stand as a nursing school (They have a great medical school). This is very tough!
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    Hi! I have been reading this thread for a while, but just decided to join because I have a few questions!

    Has everyone who applied to BC heard back yet? I am starting to get nervous because I still haven't heard anything and it is one of my top schools!

    Did anyone apply to UMass Worcester? I know they doing rolling admission and I didn't submit my application until right before the deadline, so maybe they are all full? Any thoughts?

    Thanks!
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    Meep - I think that's up to you to decide! I'm not familiar with TJU because they don't have a direct-entry midwifery program, but I think you bring up good points - 50 or 100k is a LOT of money - 50k in loans probably means at least $600/month in loan payments, which can be rent in a lot of places! But if you have a high-paying nursing job, as we all expect to have, that's not as much of a concern. Where do you think you'll get a better job? A lot of schools publish placement rates (maybe all of them are required to now by law?) so take a look - if TJU has a 95% placement rate, just like Emory or Penn, then obviously people aren't hurting for getting jobs. Particularly in the NP-portion of these programs, I think clinicals are where you're gonna learn the most - so then are you paying 10's of thousands more for the classroom setting of Penn when you'll have the same clinical experience at either school? Or do you think you'll be better prepared to get the most out of clinical from Penn vs TJ? Call the schools and ask if there's a current student or recent alum in your program who would be willing to talk to you. My top choice changed after talking to people currently in the program at one of my schools who all, more or less, said, "If you're willing to leave this city and go somewhere else, you should do it." Ask a TJ alum if they felt equally prepared in clinicals to a Penn student - if they say absolutely, then hey, save some money! If they say we were horribly unprepared, then hey - that's something to think about!
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    Quote from whatatreat86
    Hi! I have been reading this thread for a while, but just decided to join because I have a few questions!

    Has everyone who applied to BC heard back yet? I am starting to get nervous because I still haven't heard anything and it is one of my top schools!

    Did anyone apply to UMass Worcester? I know they doing rolling admission and I didn't submit my application until right before the deadline, so maybe they are all full? Any thoughts?

    Thanks!
    I haven't heard back from BC either. I'm applying to FNP and I haven't heard of any acceptances for that specialty yet. So there's still hope


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