Hello all... ...long time reader, first time poster.....
...seeking info on the Walden FNP program....
So, I have a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and I am a Registered Nurse in Texas (Associates level).
I have been researching programs to bridge from my RN with non-nursing Bachelors degree to MSN-Nurse Practitioner. ....Ball State, Samford, Frontier, Walden, etc.
I have applications out, and most of these seem pretty competitive to get into. Walden, however, seems to be a pretty straight shot in if you meet their qualifications. I spoke with an adviser this morning and was told that all is currently well with clinical rotations in Texas and, further, licensing as an FNP in Texas.
I have read older posts where folks were voicing concerns over being able to genuinely become licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Texas after completing the Walden program. Walden tells me that they currently have FNP students in Texas, and that everything has been straightened out. I do intend to contact the BON, etc, but I wanted to see if any Walden FNP students from Texas are out there and hopefully get some feedback.
The Walden FNP program is so new that they have not yet graduated any Nurse Practitioners (just started September 2012). So, there are not yet any "proven cases," but there are people who have done the research and who have made the tremendous commitment to pursue their FNP through Walden. I would love to hear from you on your knowledge, experience, and verification of legitimacy of the program.
Anybody out there in this program and well on their way, and possibly in Texas, and can confirm that this is a legitimate road to FNP for a nurse in Texas?
Thanks so much,