i graduated from the uta fnp program a few years ago and will try to answer a few of your questions.
1. what do you like and dislike about the program? like = flexible somewhat, a lot of the early classes are online so definitely take advantage of that. dislike = theory, research and then research and theory - ugh ugh and double ugh. hated them all. but you gotta play the game and write the papers in order to get to the core classes.
2. what are their family np exam pass rates? i don't know the stats, but in our class we had two who failed.
they were the cockiest ones in the class and thought they were all that and thought they were the same thing as an md. not. the rest of us took our time, took a review class, studied hard and passed on the first try.
3. did you work full time or part time while attending school? or not work at all? i worked part-time at first and then as clinicals got busier i stopped working. i am married with a child though. if i was single and had no other obligations, i'm pretty sure i could've kept working at least part-time.
4. would you encourage me (single, no kids) to work full time and go to school full-time? i would encourage you to work part-time if you are remotely able to do so. you will have more of a life and you will actually learn the material so you will be ready to apply the knowledge vs. just cramming frantically for a test.
5. which is easier to juggle, working night shift or day shift and attending school? the ones who did the best were those who worked just weekends. uta makes you sign some sort of agreement that you will not work nights and then show up for clinicals the next day.
6. did you have to go for an interview before acceptance into the np program? what did it consist of? no interview at uta back when i applied. have no idea if that has changed or not.
7. do you think my 2 years experience as a staff rn in a hospital is enough experience to go back for my masters fnp? yes, depends on what you want to do with it. if you can possibly do so, i found that working in the er was very helpful.
8. what made you decide on your school? what was the determining factor? location, location and flexibility and good reputation. uta and twu both have good reputations.
9. do you have to find your own perceptors? how did you find them? how does the school assist you find perceptors, if you are not able to find one? for your first three clinical classes, uta will find you preceptors. after that there is somewhat of an expectation that you have established contacts and a good reputation and you will arrange your own. if you have difficulty though, they will step in and arrange.
10. was anyone able to find grants or scholarships to attend grad school? uta has a few grad scholarships you can apply for after you have completed the first semester or two.
11. how many classes were online and on campus? because i will have to commute from lewisville and denton is closer to be than arlington. the program may have changed, but at uta you can do at least the first 4-5 classes online. even when you get into the on campus programs, they try to schedule them so you are only going to uta every other week. advanced assessment was every other saturday i believe.
good luck and feel free to pm me.