Quote from rnlex1985
I am in the process of starting a FNP program. A few programs I considered include University of South Alabama, Eastern Kentucky University, University of Cincinnati, Simmons College, and University of Texas-Arlington. I did complete one graduate semester at USA however I felt like I was not learning and withdrew from the program. Also, I
completed one semester with Simmons College. I really liked their learning platform. They do live lectures each week but asynchronous work. I could not continue with Simmons College because of my work schedule. I do not have the same days off each week. I work a panama schedule. Simmons is a bit pricey and requires an on-campus immersion weekend prior to clinicals. Simmons does assist with finding preceptors. USA also requires an on-campus visit prior to clinical. Those are just a few. There are lots of people attending Walden U, South U, UAB (requires on campus visits for tests and hands on training) and Maryville U. I hope this helps you a little.
The for-profits listed above such as Walden University (Laureate) and South University both have checked pasts. A cursory web search on these two would probably dissuade you from getting involved with them.
1. Both are for-profits and require arbitration agreements as a condition of enrollment. This feature negates your right to sue them in a court of law when or if you discover that they have made promises to you they can't keep.
2. South has a sketchy financial situation at present and apperars to be financially melting down as a result of the ongoing closures and teachouts of many of their affiliated brands. They are owned by Education Management Corporation and have a online grad rate of 10%. Need I say more?
3. As for Walden, you could do much better. Lots of baggage there. A due diligence web search will give you some of the unbiased info you'll need to decide on a program.
4. Wherever you go there are two very important things to know: go to a reputable, well established, financially sound school. Do nail down the preceptor part of the program. This comes at the final third of an NP program and you will need 5 preceptors MDs or NPs who are willing to basically teach you for free. This is no small feat and is very competitive for while their are many students looking for preceptorships their are even fewer preceptors willing to do this.
5. So what to do. You must get in writing from the school before you sign on the dotted line how they are going to substantively help you obtain the needed preceptorships. If they say they don't, find a school that does. This very problem if not addressed prior to admission has forced many students to have to drop out of school in tens of thousands in debt and no degree. This problem has been called the best kept secret in nursing education and few care when there's money to be made at the students expense.
So become a.NP, but don't get taken advantage of. Lots of deception in nursing education these days and be your own best, informed friend.