My head is spinning off my shoulders! My goal is to go into private practice as a prescribing clinician who specialized in psychiatry.
What is the difference between a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist?
Also, I won't be done by 2015, is that law going into effect saying I need a DNP to prescribe?
First, I don't think going to a good school means necessarily having to shell out 80k! Not at all! In fact, many lesser programs (often for-profits) have crazy tuition rates, so cost of a program doesn't necessarily relate to quality.
Also, I didn't mean to seem like I was going after you. It's not just you, it's just the attitude about nursing education that disturbs me, that I see over and over again on this forum. People seem to value how easy a program is to get into, how flexible it is, etc., way over the actual quality of the program. As we know, NP programs vary widely. This isn't med school or PA school, where the coursework and standards are pretty much the same across the board (and not surprisingly, those programs also all require standardized testing for admission). There are a lot of crappy NP programs out there. I think it leads people to not respect our field. Not to mention making it easy to go to NP school gluts the market which drives salaries down, and let's be real, there are a lot of NP programs that are very easy to gain admission to.
If I were you, I'd look into where I was interested in practicing. Then I'd apply to the most reputable institutions in that area. Stay away from degree mills or for-profit schools. Those programs (Drexel, UND, etc.) listed all sound solid and are at real universities, which is great (and also makes my previous paragraph kind of tangential and a bit of a rant, hehe). Ultimately, what I want to say is that I think it's silly to let your fear of the GRE prevent you from applying to other solid programs you may be interested in. Plus, have faith in yourself! You can kick the GRE's butt if you put your mind to it. It's not so bad and I don't get why so many nurses are scared of the GRE?? It's an odd trend.
Last edit by myelin on Sep 7, '12