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i just dropped out of the acnp program at usa. the classes were so tedious and so much reading. way more than what i had expected and planned for. 6 chapters in the book,powerpoints and 90 study questions every 2 weeks. i feel like i just read it but did not retain or learn anything. instructors and advisors are no help and seem like they could care less, if you finally do get a hold of one!!!! would not recommend it. there has to be a better program out there!!
the np program at usa sucks. i have just dropped as well. i have one other friend that dropped last year and told me not to go
i should have listened. my other friend that is a semester ahead said it sucks and may drop as well. here is an email that i recieved from a high up in the college about getting a better education with videos or powerpoints that had verbal teaching in it.
[font='primasans bt,verdana,sans-serif']the methods for online learning are different for the student and for the teacher. a majority of the online courses in multiple tracks have little or no sound associated with them. there have been some problems with mediasite in the last few years. it may look like faculty can just do a recording and post it but it is much more complicated that than. faculty cannot do their own recordings and they cannot post their own recordings. faculty must make appointments with several other people to get this done and get on a waiting list. an error or pause in a mediasite presentation can mean starting over and that is something that the faculty cannot do without help from our tech people. even for the mediasite presentations that were already posted, the entire mediasite system has been non-functional several times. it is not a reliable system. for those reasons, we have not done a lot with mediasite and don't intend to do so with the present system.
what the fnp faculty have done is to go out, on our own and found other equipment that will allow us to put audio into a ppt presentations. even after that, we've had to work around finding out that the equipment is not compatible with most of our computers. we are in the process of reworking some of our ppt presentations but its going to be a slow go getting them all done. i've spent the last several days working on just one presentation and it will take more days to complete it. i am excited that we've found a way to add sound to our classes but we are still in the beginning stages of this and all of the ppts and lecture notes may not have sound added this year.
i know that you are familiar with the term "evidence based". although the ppts and lectures without sound may not be as appealing as the ones with sound added, we have evidence that our past teaching methods result in either a 100% or near 100% pass rate on the certification exams each year and our graduates are sought after by employers.
graduate school is not the same as bsn education. our biggest job is to point you toward the right resources and be sure that you are able to read and interpret the information that is available. it is never to summarize information. if you decide to go on for the doctoral degree, you will find that the "teaching" that happens at that level is usually guided but almost never fed or "presented" by the teacher. the higher you go in education, the more you are expected to acquire, synthesize, and apply knowledge from multiple sources.
hopefully, we are going to be able to provide the class of 2011 with more sound enhanced presentations than we've ever been able to do, before. we look forward to adding this level of "being connected" with the students.
okay after reading that let me tell you. i graduated with my bsn from this school in 2007 and they were still working on the mediasite videos then. i can promise you that they will not get them up in 2011!!! hope this helps for any of you that are thinking of going here. yes the tuition is cheap but so is the education!