Pros/Cons of Umass Worcester GEP Program - page 3

by DizzyD25

I've decided on the Adult/Gero Primary Care track and would really appreciate some input regarding the program, campus, etc at Umass Worcester. I was also accepted at MGH, which was originally my first choice, but am now second... Read More


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    I Interviewed last Wednesday too!! From what I understand if you recieve an interview you have a pretty good chance!! What track are you going for?? And what other schools are you considering/ torn between?
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    I applied for Adult-Gero Primary Care. I've only heard from MGH so far and it looks like it's going to come down to those two (if I get into UMass). I love that UMass has such a small program, but I find the location of MGH more appealing. Not really sure what to do.
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    I hear you. I was so all about MGH then when I interviewed at UMW I loved it. I love that all the graduate students cross paths and interact unlike at MGH where you really only interact withg people from your class. I also love that they have the hospital right on campus and are affiliated with pretty much every long term care facility and program, clinic, primary care facility, etc. AND you aren't competing with all those other schools for clinicals, jobs, etc. I've read on this forum somewhere (only stated by one person) that as students, you get to be more hands on in a rural or suburban location because there aren't as many other students to have to "share" with. Also, I hate the thought of not having my car :/ and having to use the T and buses to get around from class to clinicals... You have to go with your gut feelings i guess. Both schools from what I'm gathering are comparable. I just feel like there would be more primary care in an area like worcester as well as long term care facilities. I also like that you can subspecialize in cardiology (I think 3 to choose from). Also, I don't know from experience but have heard from friends that Worcester has some not so great areas, but all in all its decent, has some nice restaurants and shops, as well has night life, and has some cool stuff going on. I've also heard most people in there 20's and early 30's are graduate students from UMW so it has that college town feel to it a bit. I love that I can have a good sized apartment for less than 1500$ with a small yard and whatever... And don't get me wrong, the actualy cost of tuition has definately influenced my opinions. Lastly, UMW is not for profit where as MGH is For Profit. BUT we should be hearing back today!!!! I'm sooo nervous and excited!! I hope you get in Although it sounds like your heart is at MGH. Do you already live in Boston??
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    @Bosfnp2b: I read in an earlier post on the MGH forum that you went to a Umass info session... What were they saying about the DNP program?? Were they extended offers to that program to some of the regular GEP-MSN applicants?!? And also, I know the BSN is a great degree to have. So i figure, if it becomes a problem in the future, I'll go part time or do an online degree, where my BS will most likely eliminate most of the prereqs and I'll already have passed the NCLEX ect and obviously will surpass the program in clinicals.... It would be a pain to have to do but can be done and would still cost me less than MGH.
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    @Bosfnp2b:  I read in an earlier post on the MGH forum that you went to a Umass info session... What were they saying about the DNP program??  Were they extended offers to that program to some of the regular GEP-MSN applicants?!?  And also, I know the BSN is a great degree to have. So i figure, if it becomes a problem in the future, I'll go part time or do an online degree, where my BS will most likely eliminate most of the prereqs and I'll already have passed the NCLEX ect and obviously will surpass the program in clinicals. Or, you could work part time as an NP and get your BSN part time.. Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if my the time we graduate schools have some type of program for us nonBSN NPs considering it would make then lots of $$$$$. It would be a pain to have to do but can be done and would still cost me less than MGH.
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    Any news?!??
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    Yes - I got in! Really excited but conflicted. Have you made your final decision yet?
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    Me too and I'm feeling the exact same way. I thought waiting would be the most difficult part, but it certainly isn't.
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    Do you know how long we have to tell UMass? I forgot to ask about that. Any progress on the decision?
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    I asked what I needed to do and she said we will be getting a large packet in the mail within about a week or so that will have all the information we will need. I'm pretty sure I'm going to Umass. My best friend's mom is a nurse and asked around. She talked to someone who taught at various schools in Boston who said that both schools are excellent and to base your decision on: debt, cost of living etc, the overall feel you had when you imterviewed or attended the campus, she said we will find jobs after both programs, and that MGH does slightly more research compared to Umass, so if you really are interested in research this is something to consider. She didn't think the BSN was too big of a deal. Having talked to other people, they aren't too concerned about it either. It's a perk, no doubt, but shouldn't be the deciding factor from what I'm told. I loved UMW's campus, feel, program, the cost is AMAZING as well as the cost of living. What are you thinking????


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