I am currently looking into and applying to several FNP programs. I am wondering if anyone has attended or is attending either Kaplan or Walden? If so, what has your experience been like so far. Thanks!
I am strongly considering Walden for my FNP. The big thing to remember though, is that you are completely responsible for finding your own preceptors. And I can tell you by doing my MSN there that they are not particularly helpful in assisting in this portion of your endeavor.
It is rare for any of the programs to find the preceptor for the student.
This is a definitely a true statement for nearly all of the online programs. This is not the case with many of the 'red-brick' campus-based programs that have established ties in their cities/states. For example, my University only admits as many students each year as we have set clinical spaces. We feel that is places a student at a disadvantage to locate and negotiate their own clinical contracts.
For example we have 22 regular FNP and 8 PNP preceptors, and so we seek to enroll that many new students per year.
In my area of Virginia, securing your own NP placement is tough. The local MD and OD schools pay their primary care preceptors, and many smaller primary care practices appreciate the extra stream of cash. I've known NP students in distance-learning programs to pay up to $25 per clockhour out-of-pocket to their clinical preceptor (turning precepting into a billable charge).