St Joseph's College of Maine FNP program students - page 17

I wanted to start this thread for all of the new (and current) students at Saint Joseph's College of Maine FNP program. Any info, news, updates or questions/concerns could be asked here for all... Read More

  1. by   TraceyMarino
    HI RN in Maine and others!
    I just finished the FNP program through SJCME, just passed the AANP today hooray!

    Some advice about the program. It may have changed since I did pharm patho and phys assessment, however, these classes have a lot of homework. Especially Pharm and assessment. The pathophysiology was a breeze, which is too bad because this is where FNP education is weak compared to md and pa.

    I worked full time until I got to clinicals and theory. I took patho and pharm at the same time, then took phys assessment and one other class, don't recall. But the volume of work in the the assessment class will make you cry. Just stay on top of everything, don't fall behind, and don't procrastinate. I would sit down on my day off and bang out a whole unit is 12 hours. Don't recommend this for the average bear, but it can be done.

    A word of advice about any NP program, brick and mortar or online. In addition to "schoolwork" be sure to study other stuff too. I bought medical school review books for the USMLE exam on physical assessment, pathophysiology, and ortho. I learned more studying on my own than I did in the program. And don't feel bad. It's not that SJCME is a bad program, but doctors and patients will expect you to be a highly functioning provider when you graduate--it is up to you to live up to that expectation. And, in my experience with friends and acquaintances who attended other NP programs, the NP programs are seriously lacking in teaching real working knowledge. This needs to change, especially as RNs with no experience are going straight to NP school.

    You will find that the SJCME program is full of a lot of busy work. More than other programs online and brick and mortar. I hope they rethink this approach, as it would have been nice to have extra time to study important stuff rather than develop a care plan for an at risk family (theory I, II, III). I guarantee you will be frustrated with the unneccessary busy work while you worry about learning enough to pass the boards and actually practice!
    Just my 2 cents! Good Luck
  2. by   dottimur
    TraceyMarino: I appreciate your insight. That is a really good idea to use medical school review books. Thank you for your post.
  3. by   RN-In Maine

    First of all...CONGRATULATIONS on passing!!! Thank you soo much for your reply, insight, and guidance! It helps so much to have someone ahead that can give a little direction. I will definatly take the advice of studying on my own.
    Thanks again for taking the time to post! Goodluck with your career.
  4. by   canchaser
    Congrats Tracey!' I'm starting my last semester. Will start studying for exam this week! I'm Taking the theory the third clinical and doing my capstone Project this semester. I work full-time it's not an option cause my husband was laid off and has not found a decent paying job yet. And the last two semesters by week eight I hit my melting point, Like Tracy said the busywork is astounding, I am usually finishing up my theory class on the last day of the class I have a hard time keeping up with the work and working full-time but it's doable you can do this!!!
  5. by   Mommyof3WildBoys
    Hey! I am also a FNP student at SJCME and I am so excited to hear that someone has made it through the program and passed boards! I have some questions about a ton of stuff coming up in the program. I am starting NP603 this month, and I am super-excited to start a "real medical oriented" class, since all the other classes have been theory and informatics, etc. Anyway, my email address is, if any of you wouldn't mind talking with me, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks so much, and congrats to everyone who has made it!!! :-) Thanks, Cheyenne!
  6. by   Meirk30
    I'm in patho np-603 and having a difficult time. If anyone can help i would greatly appreciate it.
    Last edit by Meirk30 on Feb 10, '13 : Reason: typo
  7. by   richcu1
    Hey everyone, just found this site and thought I'd share my experiences thus far with the SJ program. I'm currently in advanced pharm with two more units to go. It's been ALOT of writing which really there's no way around that with online classes. I'd say that the work isn't necessarily hard but more time consuming. I spend about 15-20hrs a week and have been completing most classes in 8weeks. So far patho and pharm have had the most write ups. Anywho was thinking about going to the skills lab that they offer on campus and was wondering anyone's experiences with it. Also was wondering about the assessment class if one needs to get a preceptor to get signed off on performing assessments. If I can help answer any questions feel free to hollar at me at
  8. by   tellamae
    Hello Guys, Do you know if I can register for NP 603 without being in the program.
  9. by   tellamae
    Have you taken patho or pharm yet.
  10. by   dottimur
    I was told that you cannot enroll in classes if you had not been accepted to the program.
  11. by   tellamae
    What if you are a non degree seeking student.
  12. by   JenniferMirandaS
    Anyone in the Post Masters NP Program? I applied and I am awaiting a response
  13. by   ISLANDER RN
    Hello All,

    I will be starting my NU 603 Advanced Patho class next month and would like to kindly ask for feedback about the structure of the FNP courses (NP 603, NP 602, & NP 601). What is the nature of the assignments - case studies, research, etc? Are there any lectures or quizzes involved? I looked through the curriculum but did not find this information.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback. Good luck to all my fellow SJCME FNP students and congrats to those who have passed!