Which FNP programs are the shortest? - page 2

by rynophiliac

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I have heard that Vanderbilt is one year? Georgetown is 16 months? Are there any other fast pace FNP programs out there that can be done in less than two years?... Read More


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    I've seen lot of original posts, followed later by posts that said something like, "I knew people were going to take this wrong...." It would be better to anticipate negative responses by posting enough information to head off the complaints, such as, "I'm not going to be working, and I know I can handle a heavy course load. I realize that accelerated programs cover everything that standard or part-time program covers." It may be a pain, but dealing with the posts that misunderstand where you're coming from is an even bigger pain.

    Also, some people who find this thread may be seeking the same information you are. If you'd list the schools you already know of, then others might benefit from your research, and won't post redundant information.

    A friend of mine got her masters at Simmons College in Boston in around 1 1/2 years, and is now practicing as an ANP. I don't know what they offer now, but I do know they offer an interesting program that allows you to simultaneously get a NP masters while simultaneously pursuing an MPH at Harvard -- or, they did last year.
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    Quote from rynophiliac
    I knew when I posted this that I would get many posts from people assuming that I don't care about the quality of the education but that is not true. The two schools that I mentioned Vanderbilt and Georgetown (which are both very short programs) have an excellent reputation for quality! Why do people just assume that because the program is short it is not any good?

    Many RNs complete their FNP in 2 1/2-3 years while working full time. I am in a position where I do not have to work at all and would like to only focus on school so why wouldn't I be able to complete a program in 1 1/2 years? Makes perfect sense to me.

    Anyways... lets get back to the original question, Does anyone out here know of any short FNP programs? If you do please list them because I would like to do some further research about them. And just an FYI, one of the things I want to research is quality
    Your initial post kinda gave the impression quality wasn't an issue....I'm glad you clarified wanting quality. You might find some of the curriculum challenging without med-surg experience but I am sure you'll find a way.

    I wish you luck!
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    I heard Union university in TN has a 14 month program.
    Good luck in your search
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    I'm a bit jealous that you don't have to work while in school! That will be nice, to just be able to focus on studying.
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    Quote from hey_suz
    I'm a bit jealous that you don't have to work while in school! That will be nice, to just be able to focus on studying.
    It is very nice, the secret is to keep your bills low, don't buy a big house and new car, etc. I will still be working one 16 hour shift on Saturday but that's it, and I think I can handle an accelerated FNP program while working one day a week. If I have to drop the saturday too I will but it will be nice to have some income coming in to cover living expenses.
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    Quote from fallinnstyle
    I heard Union university in TN has a 14 month program.
    Good luck in your search
    Thank you very much fallinnstyle, this is a great lead! Their website says it is a 15 month program and at $490 per credit it is $22,500 very affordable! I will check more into this one for sure. If anyone else knows of more please post them and thanks to those who are helping make this list.
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    Vanderbilt's FNP program is indeed 12 months. However, you need to already have a BSN. If you don't, they have an accelerated BSN program available. Also, it is more pricey, at nearly $1200 per credit hour.

    But it is one of the top MSN schools in the country. I'm going there for that reason, and because I can get an ACNP with a sub-specialty in cardiology. Few programs have sub-specialties and none for acute cardiology.

    Good luck.
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    Quote from LetsChill
    Vanderbilt's FNP program is indeed 12 months. However, you need to already have a BSN. If you don't, they have an accelerated BSN program available. Also, it is more pricey, at nearly $1200 per credit hour.

    But it is one of the top MSN schools in the country. I'm going there for that reason, and because I can get an ACNP with a sub-specialty in cardiology. Few programs have sub-specialties and none for acute cardiology.

    Good luck.
    I would really like to see some more NP programs offer subspecialties. This is where the med students have us beat, they get to do a residency and learn their specialty as part of their training. I really want to do rheumatology, to my knowledge their aren't any FNP programs that offer additional training in rheumatology. I am planning on taking additional courses with the American College of Rheumatology for NP's and PA's at my own expense but it would be nice to have a subspecialty type program that would include it.
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    Quote from rynophiliac

    I would really like to see some more NP programs offer subspecialties. This is where the med students have us beat, they get to do a residency and learn their specialty as part of their training. I really want to do rheumatology, to my knowledge their aren't any FNP programs that offer additional training in rheumatology. I am planning on taking additional courses with the American College of Rheumatology for NP's and PA's at my own expense but it would be nice to have a subspecialty type program that would include it.
    Family practice IS a specialty...and many NP programs (at least the ACNP programs that I've researched) offer subspecialty training in clinicals and throughout your program. Even if it isn't advertised that way on their website.
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    Quote from sapphire18
    Family practice IS a specialty...and many NP programs (at least the ACNP programs that I've researched) offer subspecialty training in clinicals and throughout your program. Even if it isn't advertised that way on their website.
    Sapphire, are you saying that I can do clinicals in a rheumatology clinic and get credit for them in the program? That would be great. I have never heard this before.
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