Cheapest NP Program...period. - page 3

Hey Folks, Yeah I'm actually asking this question seriously. So here's the thing: I've been an RN (w/ a BSN and a prev. Bach.) in the ER for 1.5 years. It's awesome. I thoroughly enjoy it, but... Read More

  1. by   zmansc
    My spreadsheet was also specific to just a few programs that I felt met my specific academic needs.

    The first thing I had to do was create a list of schools that met my academic requirements (online, able to select preceptors, good reputation, etc.).

    Once I had a short list of schools, I researched the specifics of the programs from a time standpoint, number of semesters, how much work I felt I could do during each phase of the program, etc. I also researched the cost per credit and number of credits. Combining all of this information I was able to get an estimated cost for the program. I used this to determine not only the direct but indirect costs for the program. Of course, with each individual having their own set of variables (pay rate, hours of work they are willing to do, age, etc.) these kinds of spreadsheets are really vary individualistic.
  2. by   Oakley44
    Well done. That's good researching. I just wish this very basic information was more transparent; even in the late 90s, you could go to barnes & noble and pretty much figure all this kind of stuff out about most colleges/universities in about 30 minutes. Perhaps, it's because of the glut of online programs and online advertisements that pretend to be full of information until you realize it's some sort of blogsvertisement; or because you live in a state like CA where the tuition is changing practically every semester for CSU and UC schools and/or programs are getting axed or morphing from onsite to online or vice-versa.


    Quote from zmansc
    My spreadsheet was also specific to just a few programs that I felt met my specific academic needs.

    The first thing I had to do was create a list of schools that met my academic requirements (online, able to select preceptors, good reputation, etc.).

    Once I had a short list of schools, I researched the specifics of the programs from a time standpoint, number of semesters, how much work I felt I could do during each phase of the program, etc. I also researched the cost per credit and number of credits. Combining all of this information I was able to get an estimated cost for the program. I used this to determine not only the direct but indirect costs for the program. Of course, with each individual having their own set of variables (pay rate, hours of work they are willing to do, age, etc.) these kinds of spreadsheets are really vary individualistic.
  3. by   Purple Butterfly
    Quote from lostNneuro
    I'm going to WGU right now for an MSN - leadership/management. If all goes well over the next few months, it will have taken me 9-10 months to complete the entire program. Total cost - a whomping $6,790.00 .. I did some research prior to starting the program since I'm also considering a post-master FNP certificate. The only negative I can say about this route, at the time I signed up, they did not offer advanced assessment, pharm, or pathophys. All of which are requirements prior to applying to most FNP programs. I believe this has since changed in WGU’s program. …. This plan of attack won’t necessarily save me any time, but its going to save me a bucket load in cash. Good Luck!
    Hi lostNneuro, I have applied at WGU, too. I am considering this route to FNP and I wondered if you went on to receive your post-master FNP certificate? From reading some posts here, you are happy with the MSN program at WGU. Have you had any trouble transferring your credits from WGU. I know this is an older post, but if you read this I am curious how things have worked out (bc I am considering a simar path). Thank you
  4. by   lostNneuro
    hey purple butterfly! I did complete my MSN with WGU, I learned a lot and I loved it for the most part. I did NOT continue for my FNP cert. I decided before I started WGU, I wasn't going to pursue it. My only concern with WGU is how your credits may be viewed in a "competitive" program such as the post-masters FNP. Plus, WGU is "competency" based, so if you pass the course you get a "B" = the best you could come out with is a 3.0, which might not be enough for some FNP programs. Just a few things to be aware of. Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck!
  5. by   Purple Butterfly
    Thank you for the info. Yes, I know what you me about the competency based. If that wasn't a concern, I would definitely go to WGU because they seem to have a Great program. I am still deciding. I'm also considering Chamberlain, which I have been very impressed with thus far! There I can do the RN-BSN-MSN-FNP program all in one, and both degrees confer! Best to you and thanks again for the reply.
  6. by   localgirl85
    Hi TashaLPN2006RN2012 - I'm reading this thread and see that you graduated from Simmons College FNP program. I am in the application process. Is there anything you can tell me about the program? Did you like it? Was it good? Did you do online or on campus? Would you recommend it to someone else? I am interested in the online program because I live in CA. Any insight would be greatly appreciated thank you!
  7. by   Nursinginsight
    Hi localgirl85,
    Did you ever get accepted into the Simmons FNP program? If so, do you like it?
    I am thinking about applying and would love some feedback. Thank you!

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