Totally online FNP program: no campus orientation

  1. 0 I know that Indiana State is completely online, but I am having trouble finding other programs that are completely online with no campus orientations or visit. I have looked into South Alabama and they require campus orientation. Are there any other schools out there without this requirement?
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  3. Visit  amberfnp profile page
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    mercedes674,

    I will be starting at the University of South AL in May (FNP summer curriculum). When I emailed with staff there, I was told that the orientation is at the beginning/early part of the 1st clinical semester. For me that should be the 4th of 8 semesters.

    They told me that instructors can require you to visit each semester (in addition to clinical orientation) but they have not needed to implement that as of yet. I assume that it would be based on class/inidivual performance???

    I actually like the idea of having to go at least once. I've never been to the Gulf Coast and I think it would be nice to put faces to the people I will interact with over 2 1/2 years of school.
  4. Visit  7starbuck7 profile page
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    Have you looked into the University of Southern Indiana? I think their program is completely online.

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  5. Visit  yellow finch profile page
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    So far I have found:

    Clarion University of Pennsylvania
    East Carolina University
    Allen College (although it's hard to figure out exactly if all courses are online because they aren't clear on this)
    Clarkson College
    Graceland University (this was one of my top 3 choices)
    Montana State University
    Northern Kentucky University
    University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    University of Missouri
    Wright State University
    Duquesne University (another one of my top 3 choices, but they require you to visit once a year before Thanksgiving - great school, however)
    Vanderbilt University
    University of Phoenix
    University of Delaware (hard to say if FNP can be done completely online)
    University of Southern Indiana (a friend of mine is finishing up her program there and did it all online)

    I'm currently a student at Indiana State University. If you want to hear about it I'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
  6. Visit  nursing 101 profile page
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    I am interested in totally online as well but how do you the clinicals portion for these schools do you have to set up your own prceptorship?
    Thanks for any answer!
  7. Visit  yellow finch profile page
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    Quote from nursing 101
    I am interested in totally online as well but how do you the clinicals portion for these schools do you have to set up your own prceptorship?
    Thanks for any answer!
    Indiana State University requires you to find your own preceptors. This was difficult at first, but I finally realized that the key to securing one was to start early and stay on top of your search. I'm already looking for preceptors for the Summer and Fall sessions. Remember that with larger facilities you might need to set up a contractual agreement between the school and preceptor. That can take up to 3 months! You'll need to prepare all this well in advance.

    It's possible that other schools operate differently, so be sure to stay in close contact with your advisor to know what your specific school mandates.
  8. Visit  incublissRN profile page
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    Classes for Ball State University are completely online.
    Last edit by incublissRN on Jan 8, '08 : Reason: clarification
  9. Visit  yellow finch profile page
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    You may have to invest some time reading through the websites, but this is an excellent resource for online degrees:

    US News & World Report
  10. Visit  DutchgirlRN profile page
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    I understand not having time to attend classes but how do you become a NP w/o having done your time working with a doctor or another NP?
    Sounds incomplete to me. Reminds me of Vanderbilt University. If you have a bachelors in any subject, architecture, interior decorating, indian chief, whatever....you can attend Vanderbilt for 2 years and become a NP. How scary is that!?
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  11. Visit  juan de la cruz profile page
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    First offf, I am not a graduate of an on-line NP program. In defense of these programs that are either completely on-line or partially on-line, one has to realize that only the didactic component of the training is web-based. The clinical component is still very much face to face and hands-on. In fact, a graduate NP will not be able to sit for any certification examination without having completed the minimum clinical practice hours required. Yellowfinch actually brought up an important issue. Some on-line programs for NP training does not ensure that clinical placements are arranged for the students. In those places, you have to arrange clinical rotations on your own.

    Regarding the Vanderbilt program you alluded to, I am not sure specifically which one you are referring to. Maybe a link would help. However, I am pretty sure that there is a BSN completion component prior to commencing the NP preparation courses. Direct entry NP programs are thoroughly discussed in the NP forum.
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  12. Visit  DutchgirlRN profile page
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    Quote from pinoyNP
    Regarding the Vanderbilt program you alluded to, I am not sure specifically which one you are referring to. Maybe a link would help. However, I am pretty sure that there is a BSN completion component prior to commencing the NP preparation courses. Direct entry NP programs are thoroughly discussed in the NP forum.
    I'm not interested in becoming a NP. I just wanted to know how safe it is for a NP to get 100% of their education online. Just curious and got an answer. As far as Vandy, I don't believe there's a BSN required, there is no nursing degree required at all if I am understanding it correctly. I'll see if I can verifiy that info or provide a link.
  13. Visit  DutchgirlRN profile page
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    Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

    Multiple Entry Options

    Program Length (full-time study)

    Non-nurses- 3 semesters pre-specialty + 3 semesters ANP courses
    ASN or diploma RNs- 2 semesters RN pre-specialty + 3 semesters ANP courses
    BSN RNs- 3 semesters ANP courses
    Students without a Background in Nursing
    Students who enter Vanderbilt School of Nursing without a nursing background are traditional students and are required
    to attend live weekly lectures and complete clinical hours in Nashville during their pre-specialty year. In the following specialty year, the entire ANP program is delivered in a blocked format. (2 years complete program)

    http://www.nursing.vanderbilt.edu/msn/anp_plan.html
  14. Visit  yellow finch profile page
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    Quote from DutchgirlRN
    I understand not having time to attend classes but how do you become a NP w/o having done your time working with a doctor or another NP?
    Sounds incomplete to me. Reminds me of Vanderbilt University. If you have a bachelors in any subject, architecture, interior decorating, indian chief, whatever....you can attend Vanderbilt for 2 years and become a NP. How scary is that!?
    The educational requirements are the same for online students as they are for those who attend class in person. The delivery of the information is the only difference.

    Clinicals are done with NPs or MD/DOs and fulfill the same state requirements as any other school. The hours must be verified prior to the completion of each semester or else you retake the class.

    It is neither incomplete nor scary. There are those for whom attending a school in person is not possible for many reasons. It does not make them less worthy of being an NP or becoming excellent providers.

    If you have any questions, I'm certain there are many here with experience and willingness to help you understand the new generation of web-based programs.
    WIS Nurse, VentNut_RN, ghillbert, and 1 other like this.

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