Which FNP programs are the shortest? - page 2

I have heard that Vanderbilt is one year? Georgetown is 16 months? Are there any other fast pace FNP programs out there that can be done in less than two years?... Read More

  1. Visit  SHGR profile page
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    I'm a bit jealous that you don't have to work while in school! That will be nice, to just be able to focus on studying.
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  2. Visit  rynophiliac profile page
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    Quote from hey_suz
    I'm a bit jealous that you don't have to work while in school! That will be nice, to just be able to focus on studying.
    It is very nice, the secret is to keep your bills low, don't buy a big house and new car, etc. I will still be working one 16 hour shift on Saturday but that's it, and I think I can handle an accelerated FNP program while working one day a week. If I have to drop the saturday too I will but it will be nice to have some income coming in to cover living expenses.
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  3. Visit  rynophiliac profile page
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    Quote from fallinnstyle
    I heard Union university in TN has a 14 month program.
    Good luck in your search
    Thank you very much fallinnstyle, this is a great lead! Their website says it is a 15 month program and at $490 per credit it is $22,500 very affordable! I will check more into this one for sure. If anyone else knows of more please post them and thanks to those who are helping make this list.
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  4. Visit  LetsChill profile page
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    Vanderbilt's FNP program is indeed 12 months. However, you need to already have a BSN. If you don't, they have an accelerated BSN program available. Also, it is more pricey, at nearly $1200 per credit hour.

    But it is one of the top MSN schools in the country. I'm going there for that reason, and because I can get an ACNP with a sub-specialty in cardiology. Few programs have sub-specialties and none for acute cardiology.

    Good luck.
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  5. Visit  rynophiliac profile page
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    Quote from LetsChill
    Vanderbilt's FNP program is indeed 12 months. However, you need to already have a BSN. If you don't, they have an accelerated BSN program available. Also, it is more pricey, at nearly $1200 per credit hour.

    But it is one of the top MSN schools in the country. I'm going there for that reason, and because I can get an ACNP with a sub-specialty in cardiology. Few programs have sub-specialties and none for acute cardiology.

    Good luck.
    I would really like to see some more NP programs offer subspecialties. This is where the med students have us beat, they get to do a residency and learn their specialty as part of their training. I really want to do rheumatology, to my knowledge their aren't any FNP programs that offer additional training in rheumatology. I am planning on taking additional courses with the American College of Rheumatology for NP's and PA's at my own expense but it would be nice to have a subspecialty type program that would include it.
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  6. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
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    Quote from rynophiliac

    I would really like to see some more NP programs offer subspecialties. This is where the med students have us beat, they get to do a residency and learn their specialty as part of their training. I really want to do rheumatology, to my knowledge their aren't any FNP programs that offer additional training in rheumatology. I am planning on taking additional courses with the American College of Rheumatology for NP's and PA's at my own expense but it would be nice to have a subspecialty type program that would include it.
    Family practice IS a specialty...and many NP programs (at least the ACNP programs that I've researched) offer subspecialty training in clinicals and throughout your program. Even if it isn't advertised that way on their website.
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  7. Visit  rynophiliac profile page
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    Quote from sapphire18
    Family practice IS a specialty...and many NP programs (at least the ACNP programs that I've researched) offer subspecialty training in clinicals and throughout your program. Even if it isn't advertised that way on their website.
    Sapphire, are you saying that I can do clinicals in a rheumatology clinic and get credit for them in the program? That would be great. I have never heard this before.
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  8. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
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    Well that's up to your program...I would assume that clinicals for FNP would primarily be in primary care practices. But I have not researched this since I am looking into ACNP so you should speak to a recruiter or advisor from the program directly.
  9. Visit  AtomicWoman profile page
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    University of Pennsylvania's FNP program starts in September and runs through the following December, so that's 15 months. However, they are filled up through at least 2014 the last I heard. You would have to inquire to find out. Here's some info:

    Penn Nursing Science

    Feel free to email any of the profs listed. I found everyone at Penn very responsive when I was thinking about applying there. (Full disclosure: I am finishing my Penn degree in about 7 weeks, but I chose a different track than FNP.) You can also PM me for more info. I've taken courses with FNP students and had some of their teachers as profs.
  10. Visit  canchaser profile page
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    There's one in Michigan.University of michgan @ flint I think. Accepts only 12 students a year. Has a grant to pay for students education for the next 3-4 years I think... Fast program.. I couldn't do it cause I have to work. Good luck!
  11. Visit  Patti_RN profile page
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    Georgetown's full-time program is 18 months and beyond rigorous! They also have a part time option that takes two years. Unless you're Einstein, it's probably impossible to work at all while enrolled full time. The university estimates most students devote 75 hours per week on classes, studying, and clinicals. If you work one day per week you'll have to spend more than 12 hours per day the other six days. You might manage this pace for a month or two, but you probably won't be able to maintain it for a year and a half. Is there a pressing reason you want to complete an NP in less than two years? I was given advice once, "Everyone wants to apply today, be accepted tomorrow, begin the day after, then finish in as little time possible. You can either rush to failure or take a reasonable amount of time to success."
  12. Visit  nursegirl2001 profile page
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    rynophiliac

    I too am in a position where I do not have to work, however .... I am not in the mindset to rush through such a serious aspect of clinical healthcare performance and services. Think about it for a minute, doctors have to go to school for a lot longer than NPs so how can we even offer accelerated programs under 2 years that actually prove effective in the clinical setting?? ... .As other posters have commented I would not want a practitioner who has rushed through a program and is treating me because I cannot help but wonder and associate this behavior/attitude with potential for the same disposition in the professional setting. NP is a serious job and responsibility that requires rigorous study:icon_roll..........hurried education will most likely equal hurried (potentially detrimental and incompetent) results.....
    I want to get through school as well but I want to be competent and knowledgeable as a provider but I need adequate TIME to learn the material to be able to do so effectively..... ...
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    Quote from nursegirl2001
    rynophiliac

    I too am in a position where I do not have to work, however .... I am not in the mindset to rush through such a serious aspect of clinical healthcare performance and services. Think about it for a minute, doctors have to go to school for a lot longer than NPs so how can we even offer accelerated programs under 2 years that actually prove effective in the clinical setting?? ... .As other posters have commented I would not want a practitioner who has rushed through a program and is treating me because I cannot help but wonder and associate this behavior/attitude with potential for the same disposition in the professional setting. NP is a serious job and responsibility that requires rigorous study:icon_roll..........hurried education will most likely equal hurried (potentially detrimental and incompetent) results.....
    I want to get through school as well but I want to be competent and knowledgeable as a provider but I need adequate TIME to learn the material to be able to do so effectively..... ...
    Nursegirl, I'm not sure if you read through the entire thread or not but we have already covered this. This thread is not about how about how effective accelerated FNP programs are in preparing their graduates for clinical practice, it is to identify which accelerated programs are out there so potential students can do further research into each program.

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