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University of South Alabama MSN/BSN-DNP Psych NP 2012 - page 6

Anyone applied to and/or have heard from the University of South Alabama Psych NP for Masters or BSN-DNP online for Spring 2012? Anyone with experience with this program and would like to share... Read More

  1. Visit  sheronep profile page
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    Everyone has different experiences. Only you can decide what is good for you.
  2. Visit  mwg60 profile page
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    I personally wouldn't look at it from a summer, spring, or fall start date. It's really about the quality of the program and quality of faculty and their respect for others. St Louis, Wilkes University, Rush, and Drexel all have good programs, as well as Stony Brook. I'd consider any of those.
  3. Visit  WyndDrivenRain profile page
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    I'm in the psych NP program and I don't find them to be unsupportive. I have to say my experience has been good. They are not warm and fuzzy though, I'll give you that. It is an extremely self-directed program. Exams are tough and I'd agree sometimes seem to ask questions that I'm 100% sure is not in any of the material for the exam, and the secure exam proctor can be a bit unsettling...but to be fair they are doing this to protect us and their reputation. I don't mind the secure exam proctor, we need to know this stuff. The difficulty with placements is happening at all schools and in all specialties. I have been in the program since August 2011 and I have not felt a "generalized contemp for students", it reminds me of an old school nursing program, just fly low and do what you need to do and it is fine.

    Quote from mwg60
    Reasons for not doing NP psych program at USA are vast: unsupportive faculty, odd exams, use of a camera to watch you take exams (Secure Proctor....you can look it up online), lots of busy work assignments, difficulty finding placements for many students (although this could happen in other programs too), a generalized contempt for students.
  4. Visit  Simply Complicated profile page
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    I don't mind secure proctor for exams necessarily, as it would be easier than having to find a place to proctor. I think the testing material, feeling as if it wasn't in your work happens with any program, honestly.
  5. Visit  mwg60 profile page
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    Seriously? You don't think every response being hateful, negative and unbending is unacceptable? Do you not think having no access to your exam answers is poor learning, and just lazy? Do you think every communication being grammatically incorrect, and incomplete is professional? "Old school" is called that for a reason....it happened in the past, not in the present as a way of teaching in any modern university, any. The issue with Secure Proctor is not the camera itself, it is the disorganization, lack of explanations, lack of coordination....what professionals in schools are supposed to do.
  6. Visit  Simply Complicated profile page
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    Quote from mwg60
    Seriously? You don't think every response being hateful, negative and unbending is unacceptable? Do you not think having no access to your exam answers is poor learning, and just lazy? Do you think every communication being grammatically incorrect, and incomplete is professional? "Old school" is called that for a reason....it happened in the past, not in the present as a way of teaching in any modern university, any. The issue with Secure Proctor is not the camera itself, it is the disorganization, lack of explanations, lack of coordination....what professionals in schools are supposed to do.
    I think her point was that she personally has not experienced any of those things. Maybe things have changed some since that was an issue?

    I think quite a few schools use secure proctored exams. I know I've seen it quite a few times when I was researching. I'm confused how secure proctor causes disorganization, lack of explanation, and coordination? Isn't it just a way of being watched while doing an exam? Do you mean regarding the exam itself?


    So I just looked at the date of your posts. Are these recent problems you are still having?
    Last edit by Simply Complicated on Oct 26, '12 : Reason: added on
  7. Visit  WyndDrivenRain profile page
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    I have never received a response that was hateful or negative, the only thing I have seen them be unbending on is timing for exams. Access to the exams for review is an issue for many students, I know. My classmates go nuts about it too, maybe I'm just more laid back. The communication I have had with people at the school has been good. I'm sorry it isn't going well for you.


    Quote from mwg60
    Seriously? You don't think every response being hateful, negative and unbending is unacceptable? Do you not think having no access to your exam answers is poor learning, and just lazy? Do you think every communication being grammatically incorrect, and incomplete is professional? "Old school" is called that for a reason....it happened in the past, not in the present as a way of teaching in any modern university, any. The issue with Secure Proctor is not the camera itself, it is the disorganization, lack of explanations, lack of coordination....what professionals in schools are supposed to do.
  8. Visit  Simply Complicated profile page
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    So you don't get to review any exams after? There is no feedback or way to find what you got wrong, so you can be sure to learn the correct info?
  9. Visit  WyndDrivenRain profile page
    #73 1
    Quote from Simply Complicated
    So you don't get to review any exams after? There is no feedback or way to find what you got wrong, so you can be sure to learn the correct info?
    No, you do not get to review your individual exams. They do an exam review in some classes, they send a list of topics that students have missed on the exams. If more than 3 students miss a question it goes on the list for review. Some classes have no review, like policy had no review of the final and roles had no review of the final. They were open book though, so I doubt many students got that many wrong. I did not take patho, pharm or theory at USA, I transferred those in. So maybe those are some of the classes with no review at all.

    It does seem to be a big pet-peeve of students. Now I attended an FNP program at another school that had the same policy, they never even did an exam review. So I don't know how common it is. It is probably why it doesn't bother me, I have never been at a school that did allow students to review exams.
    Last edit by WyndDrivenRain on Oct 26, '12
  10. Visit  Simply Complicated profile page
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    Quote from WyndDrivenRain
    No, you do not get to review your individual exams. They do an exam review in some classes, they send a list of topics that students have missed on the exams. If more than 3 students miss a question it goes on the list for review. Some classes have no review, like policy had no review of the final and roles had no review of the final. They were open book though, so I doubt many students got that many wrong. I did not take patho, pharm or theory at USA, I transferred those in. So maybe those are some of the classes with no review at all.

    It does seem to be a big pet-peeve of students. Now I attended an FNP program at another school that had the same policy, they never even did an exam review. So I don't know how common it is. It is probably why it doesn't bother me, I have never been at a school that did allow students to review exams.

    I'll have to check into the other schools I'm looking at and see if the do. Now that I think about it, I don't think they did reviews in all my ADN classes either.
  11. Visit  stormdanzr23 profile page
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    Hey all! I'm accepted into the Spring 2013 group for Psych NP as well! I was very excited but after reading the comments in here, now I am less so. I also looked at the curriculum for Spring and the part time schedule looks more full than the full time schedule! I work full time and will need to throughout the program so that makes me nervous! But none the less, I'm ready to get started!
  12. Visit  RNUS profile page
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    Hello everyone. Question for those in the program: would you choose the 3 year or 4 year plan? I am having a hard time deciding and am looking at the pros and cons of each. Thanks.
  13. Visit  bkennedy profile page
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    I have had a great experience at USA so far. I am in the emergency track. I have been lucky this semester and have two really great instructors. They are both prompt in responding to emails. Yes, some of the classes have "busy" work, but I feel like I have grown as a writer. Writing is a weakness of mine, and I feel like the exercises have helped. I am by far not the best, but feel my writing skills have improved some. I really would recommend this program. I choose the four year track because I work as well. Next semester, I am taking three classes so I hope I continue to do well. I am very pleased with the college and staff. I really hope I do not get disappointed in the future.

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