University of South Alabama

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    Anyone have any RECENT info or reviews? I did a search, but it seems all the threads are a year old or more. I'm interested in their Psych NP specifically. The reviews before were negative that were on here mostly, but those were for medical NP also. I've tried doing a Google search, but didn't find anything.

    SUNY Stony Brook was my top choice, especially since I live in NY and would have in state tuition. But they only start once a year, and it's a summer start for June. I really don't want to start in June, I want August.

    I'm looking into some others, but want more info on this school.

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    I am in the Psych NP program at USA right now, started in August 2011. I love it. I really have no complaints. It is a very self-directed program, but the faculty have all been approachable and helpful and the Psych track coordinator is wonderful.

    I hope that helps. Good luck in your school search.


    Quote from Simply Complicated
    Anyone have any RECENT info or reviews? I did a search, but it seems all the threads are a year old or more. I'm interested in their Psych NP specifically. The reviews before were negative that were on here mostly, but those were for medical NP also. I've tried doing a Google search, but didn't find anything.

    SUNY Stony Brook was my top choice, especially since I live in NY and would have in state tuition. But they only start once a year, and it's a summer start for June. I really don't want to start in June, I want August.

    I'm looking into some others, but want more info on this school.
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    Quote from WyndDrivenRain
    I am in the Psych NP program at USA right now, started in August 2011. I love it. I really have no complaints. It is a very self-directed program, but the faculty have all been approachable and helpful and the Psych track coordinator is wonderful.

    I hope that helps. Good luck in your school search.
    So you feel as if you are learning? I'm in an online RN to BSN program right now. So I can handle the format fine. I don't learn well sitting and having someone lecture, I tend to space out. Is it hard learning the material, given what the subject is?

    It just had some really bad reviews, people saying they weren't learning, they were transferring elsewhere, faculty having horrible attitudes, poor response to email and calls regarding questioning. The cost works better for me, because I hate to pay double just to start 2 months later, than if I went to Stony Brooke. But I have a 2 month old baby, only had 2 weeks off for him. So my husband will kill me if I don't take a couple months off before starting.
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    I have been in the program a full year and I have had a prompt response to every email. I have had to call graduate advising more than once to get a hold of someone, but even the graduate advisor is super nice.

    Yes, I feel I am learning. I do hear complaints from other students, I don't know why I haven't had any problems. Even my secure exam proctor worked as soon I plugged it in and set it up. So many other students have had nothing but problems. I have not contacted faculty for that much, I have not had a lot of questions. When I have had to contact faculty, they have all been very nice and responsive. Maybe I have just been lucky!

    To be fair to those students who are having problems, it isn't the program for everyone. It is very hands-off, it is for students that are very self-directed. I think they could make that clearer before students apply. For me, that works.

    I don't know if there are more unhappy vs happy students, I do know that much like most things in life, you generally hear more from people who are unhappy than from those who had no problems. So I'm not surprised the voices of unhappiness are numerous out on the web.

    I don't find the material hard to learn, just time consuming.

    Congrats on the new family member.


    Quote from Simply Complicated
    So you feel as if you are learning? I'm in an online RN to BSN program right now. So I can handle the format fine. I don't learn well sitting and having someone lecture, I tend to space out. Is it hard learning the material, given what the subject is?

    It just had some really bad reviews, people saying they weren't learning, they were transferring elsewhere, faculty having horrible attitudes, poor response to email and calls regarding questioning. The cost works better for me, because I hate to pay double just to start 2 months later, than if I went to Stony Brooke. But I have a 2 month old baby, only had 2 weeks off for him. So my husband will kill me if I don't take a couple months off before starting.
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    Quote from WyndDrivenRain
    I have been in the program a full year and I have had a prompt response to every email. I have had to call graduate advising more than once to get a hold of someone, but even the graduate advisor is super nice.

    Yes, I feel I am learning. I do hear complaints from other students, I don't know why I haven't had any problems. Even my secure exam proctor worked as soon I plugged it in and set it up. So many other students have had nothing but problems. I have not contacted faculty for that much, I have not had a lot of questions. When I have had to contact faculty, they have all been very nice and responsive. Maybe I have just been lucky!

    To be fair to those students who are having problems, it isn't the program for everyone. It is very hands-off, it is for students that are very self-directed. I think they could make that clearer before students apply. For me, that works.

    I don't know if there are more unhappy vs happy students, I do know that much like most things in life, you generally hear more from people who are unhappy than from those who had no problems. So I'm not surprised the voices of unhappiness are numerous out on the web.

    I don't find the material hard to learn, just time consuming.

    Congrats on the new family member.

    Thank you! I do agree there is going to be more negative feedback. I'm not sure how hands on an online program can really be anyways. I guess I will just keep looking into the other schools I'm interesting in, and then do some comparing and decide.
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    I was wondering how you setup your clinicals? Did you have to do it or did USA help? I'm starting the PNP program Spring 2013. The state I would do my clinicals in has a long process to setup clinicals stemming from online schools. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.
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    I was wondering how you setup your clinicals? Did you have to do it or did USA help? I'm starting the PNP program Spring 2013. The state I would do my clinicals in has a long process to setup clinicals stemming from online schools. Any information would be helpful. Thanks.
    That is something I need to look into. I just heard the other day that NY has some weird thing with out of state online and clinicals. I actually found a school who won't register NY students.
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    Started a facebook page for us to communicate (moderator edit of FB link - you may list the FB name, but not the direct link) - University of South Alabama Psych DNP. Anyone from any track can join, it's an open group.
    Last edit by sirI on Oct 30, '12
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    I'm in USA's WHNP master's program, about to finish my first semester there. I would rather take online courses, as I find classes that involve lots of writing tend to be pointless to sit through. So far adv pathophysiology and my theory course are pretty much what I expected. The material isn't difficult, just super time consuming. My instructors are very available if you need them by email and some give you their cell phone numbers. So far so good!
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    Hi asue from your experience looking back and from others you may have talked to, would you recommend the full time or part time program 8 vs 11 semesters? How is full time school working for others while maintain A's?


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