Duquesne online FNP - anyone?

  1. Hi! I'm approaching my 1 year of experience (medical-oncology unit in a UPMC facility), and am starting to seriously research programs. I'm really interested (actually my first choice as of now) in Duquesne University's online FNP program. It just seems to fit what I'm looking for. But I've been scowering this website for several months, and nobody seems to have any personal experience with Duquesne for MSN programs.

    I'm looking for any relevant advice, tips, or personal experience with their FNP program. I'm looking at their online program, but would love any insight at all. Aside from my BSN, I also hold a BS degree in biology (earned before my BSN). Both degrees were completed with a graduating GPA of about 3.2, so I hope that having 2 BS degrees helps to compensate for the sub-par GPAs (perhaps I'm being naive). Duquesne is a reputable institution, so I'm mostly concerned I'm reaching for something out of my reach.
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  3. by   adamRn79
    I just got accepted there. I agree, there isn't any reviews that I've found from students but they are ranked high by US News and World.
  4. by   PA_RN87
    First of all... CONGRATS! I'd LOVE to pick your brain about acceptance. They're my first choice, and I'm so scared I don't have competitive enough credentials to hold a chance. I have 2 BS degrees (one in biology, the second in nursing), both with a 3.2 GPA. I'm at 1 year of experience on a UPMC medical-oncology unit now, and plan to apply for next year's cohort.

    If you wouldn't mind sharing a little about your background? How was the application process? And most importantly... any tips?
    Last edit by PA_RN87 on Mar 23, '14 : Reason: grammar
  5. by   adamRn79
    Of all the places I applied, it was the easiest application. No interview. My background is nurse for 5 years, floor nurse for 1. Have additional BD and MS degrees in Sports Medicine. GPA around 3.5. Nursing is my second career. I applied in October. UPMC employees receive a 30% tuition discount. A good essay is key. Male sure you fit the other requirements also. Anymore questions, just ask.
  6. by   PA_RN87
    Thank you, I'm sure I'll be asking more questions as I go through the process! Again, congratulations!
  7. by   focusport
    adamRn79, How do you like the program so far?
    PA_RN87 did you apply to the program?
  8. by   PA_RN87
    Quote from focusport
    adamRn79, How do you like the program so far?
    PA_RN87 did you apply to the program?
    I'm actually in the process of sending in application materials right now!
  9. by   adamRn79
    Quote from focusport
    adamRn79, How do you like the program so far?
    PA_RN87 did you apply to the program?
    If I passed my EBP class, then I'll say that it's fine. The grading is outrageous and nitpicky. I will say that's conveinent. Feel free to ask any other questions
  10. by   ghillbert
    Some of my classmates at another university switched to Duquesne after our first semester (ours was rather disorganized and annoying at the beginning), and they both loved it there.
  11. by   PA_RN87
    What university was that? Just curious, because I've applied to others in addition to Duquesne.
  12. by   PA_RN87
    Quote from adamRn79
    If I passed my EBP class, then I'll say that it's fine. The grading is outrageous and nitpicky. I will say that's conveinent. Feel free to ask any other questions
    How are the online classes? I know Georgetown has "live online lectures," which I kind of like. Does Duquesne do something similar, or are they pre-recorded with no actual face-time interaction?
  13. by   focusport
    Quote from adamRn79
    If I passed my EBP class, then I'll say that it's fine. The grading is outrageous and nitpicky. I will say that's conveinent. Feel free to ask any other questions
    How are your classes going. I start in May. Do you recommend anything I should start reviewing that could help make things easier?
  14. by   adamRn79
    There haven't been any recorded lectures to this point. Mostly read on your own and some powerpoints to view. Lots of discussion board posts.

    As far as what to prepare for for May. The Summer course is extremely easy, basically gets you thinking about your role as an APN.

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