Quote from 123geri
Hello Sha-sha RN, I have been accepted to this SBU NP program and would like to know your thoughts on the program thus far. What are the classroom interactions like, the tests, research projects and professors in delivering quality lectures? Are you completely on your own to teach yourself or do the professors upload lectures/videos? Please let me know.
Have you been accepted to the online program or onsite? I'm in the online ANP program. so whatever program you got into may be different from what I will tell you. Honestly I would tell anyone doing the online prog. with SBU be prepared to be very self directed. I started in Summer 2011 and I'm now doing my second of 4 clinicals. My initial start in the program was rough as well for a lot of others because there was so much detachment between the professors and the students. There were no video lectures to watch or discussion board activity. It was strictly go online to the course look at your power points and read the related chapters in the book and hope for the best. Maybe you will get a blueprint if the test in what to focus on fir the exams, but a lot of times those were not helpful. Sometimes the work we submitted helped but I felt I was teaching myself to be an NP.
The hardest part of the program is having to find your own preceptors, so start now. The school really does not offer help in this area. I almost quit the program last semester because of this. One if my classmates left this semester because if some parts of all the above.
I will say that last semester my program (ANP) got a new director and almost all new faculty, and they are working really hard to improve our learning and experience as evidenced by the video lectures that started this semester, the onsite visits we make 4 times a year and more communication from the professors. Also for this semester they made available the pharmacology class materials because the new professors know we had no help or guidance from our past professors when we took that course almost a year and a half ago.
So my advice when you go to the onsite orientation, meet some people so you can form groups with them later because a lot of the class work leading to the clinicals is done in groups. My group is what helped me learn and get through. Also start working on finding preceptors.
I hope this helps.