St Joseph's College of Maine FNP program students - page 23

by LJames13

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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 the new and current students.... Read More


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    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!
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    It's all case studies for the most part... Or filling in tables on the case study. A lot like you are already doing.. Some concept mapping too.
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    Thanks, canchaser. I was really curious about the NP 601 Physical Assessment class, since I still find it difficult to imagine how a hands-on subject such as advanced physical assessment can be taught as an on-line class.

    I understand you are almost done with the program. Congrats in advance and I wish you all the success!
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    Hi All,

    Has anyone experienced issues in receiving responses (or even assistance) from instructors?

    Its taken over 10 days to hear back from instructors. When I ask questions, they don't even answer them. When I call them, they never return my calls.

    Any advice on who to turn to for help?

    I feel like I have no guidance in these courses.




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    Hello all,

    Does anyone know how long it usually takes for an assignment to be graded? I submitted one of my assignments 2 weeks ago and have still to hear from my instructor about my grade.
    Thanks.
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    I had to seek other resources to help with Physical Assessment as I didn't receive any responses to my questions from the instructor.

    The book that helped was 'Physical Examination and Health Assessment' by Carolyn Jarvis. Any edition will do.

    The required book listed on the syllabus did not help at all.

    Hope this helps.




    Quote from ISLANDER RN
    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).
    Last edit by Kt3nrs on Apr 5, '13
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    Same issues with Pharm with not receiving help from the instructor.

    Pharmacotherapeutics for Nurse Practitioner Prescribers (3rd ed) by Teri Woo and Anita Wynne helped me with understanding this course.

    That required book listed did not help me at all.

    I just hope this helps others who are not receiving any instructor guidance or help.




    Quote from ISLANDER RN
    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).
    Last edit by Kt3nrs on Apr 5, '13
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    Lippincott's 'Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Easy' and 'Pathophysiology Made Incredibly Visual' helped with the Patho course.
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    I'm just looking into the RN to MSN Fastrack. I am currently about 1/2 way through the Rn to BSN with Indiana Wesleyan. Considering the change of St. Joe's will transfer some of my BSN courses. Overall are you happy with the program Canchaser & Kt3nrs? How long total has this program taken you? The advisor at St. Joe's says since it's self paced he can't even give me an average of how long it takes people which is bull Thanks!
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    Future NP: St. Joe's needs to stop promoting the program as self paced. It is self paced up to a point----once you get to clinicals, you are in a cohort. If you are lucky, like me, you get in a cohort right away. If not, like many other students, you will have to wait until the college gets a cohort together. Other delays could include finding preceptors (the college does not help you with this), and, when you finish, you may have to wait for the college to "confer" your degree. They give out diplomas 2 times a year-May first and September 1st. If you finish any time in between, you have to wait for the next confirment date. Example: you finish May 20th, you wait until September to get your degree, so you cannot take your boards or work as an NP for several additional months. This has happened to a couple cohorts who are graduating the middle of May, 2013, and they will not get their degrees until september. The college does not tell you this.
    My advice to anyone who is considering an online degree: Make sure it is really self paced, and make sure they will hand you your diploma the day you finish, or shortly after. Having to wait for the diploma you paid for because of a school policy is rediculous.

    I completed the program in just under 2 years, and I experienced absolutely no delays. Other students in the cohort behind mine will finish in 3 years, due to delays by the school. Keep this in mind when chosing a program!
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    Thanks TraeyMarino for the advise & info! I specifically asked the advisor of there were cohorts for clinicals and he said no they are all on your own when you're ready. So this is the 2nd college who has flat out lied to me! Did you do the rn to msn fastrack or only the bsn to msn for 2 years total time? If I stay where I'm at I have at least 3 1/2 more years to go and that is if there is no delay between the bsn and the msn.


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