UW... why NOT to go - page 2

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Not to burst any bubbles, but the University of Washington is on the decline. They've just raised tuition for their family nurse practitioner program to exceed that of medical school. We're talking they JUST told students to come... Read More


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    I don't know if Seattle U. is more expensive than UW anymore. Maybe for the BSN...
    That No. 1 nursing school business has nothing to do with the NCLEX pass rate. (UW nursing students get NO REVIEW FOR THE NCLEX. We have to pay for that on our own.) The U.S. News & World Report editors do the ranking and they've admitted that it is fairly random=just for marketing purposes. What better way to sell a publication to an eager student audience year after year? Think about it.
    The only reason UW is No. 1 is because of their enormous amount of research funding. The research is done by old school nurses who are so entrenched in academia that they will never retire or make way for the next generation. Never. Just look at their online faculty profiles. This No. 1 business has nothing to do with teaching or education. Trust me. When my fellow classmates and I talk about how we are at the "No. 1 nursing school" we are being facetious and cringing.
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    Seattle U IS very much more expensive than UW. I should know seeing as I got my BSN there. I'm not sure about the Masters costs.

    I'd caution that UW still has many, many graduate programs that aren't available elsewhere. At Seattle U, there is only the FNP, graduate entry FNP, and leadership in community health. They have plans to have a doctorate program along with a midwife and geriatric NP but I think those are on the back burner for now.

    Also, I was under the impression that UW was ranked #1 for their graduate program, NOT their undergraduate program?
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    Seattle U tuition is about 29,000 a year, not including lab fees and stuff like that. UW's is closer to $6,000-$8,000 a year for BSN, I am not sure on the actual number because my mom paid the tuition when I went there, lol.

    And yeah, babyRN, I think it is for grad not undergrad.

    And actually, I know people who just got accepted to Seattle U for the midwifery and geriatric NP programs, I think they are fairly new but they are indeed happening.
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    Quote from mlr03
    Seattle U tuition is about 29,000 a year, not including lab fees and stuff like that. UW's is closer to $6,000-$8,000 a year for BSN, I am not sure on the actual number because my mom paid the tuition when I went there, lol.

    And yeah, babyRN, I think it is for grad not undergrad.

    And actually, I know people who just got accepted to Seattle U for the midwifery and geriatric NP programs, I think they are fairly new but they are indeed happening.
    So for someone going for a BSN UW is good to go? Just not any Masters+ programs?
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    UW is a great school IMHO - and has both a great BSN and Masters selection of programs. The OP has posted some personal opinions - good thing is that everyone is entitled to their own.
    US news has a formula for selecting schools - it's obviously only as useful as the means of ranking schools... I use it as a reference but understand, as most do, that it is subjective - just like a personal opinion. Just like the OP stated about the NCLEX - all these factors can be taken into account as a means of judging a school... in this environment I personally would apply to multiple schools given the competitiveness of acceptance - and the opportunity to keep as many doors open as possible.
    I recommend talking to more students, visiting the campus, weighing expenses, etc.
    The FNP program is currently the spotlight as tuition for the program increased 43% with short notice - this is driven by the state of WA raising tuition and reducing allocated funding to universities, in turn UW reduces department funding, the FNP was the most subsidized of the MSN programs and the cost is now a greater portion of the actual cost is being passed to the student. I'd hate to be in the class that has to quickly react to the cost inflation - however, in the end the individual can judge the cost to value of the program and their commitment to choose the program or not will be based on the perceived value of the program - market adjustment.
    SU is a great school as well - PLU has some great aspects as well... I would look into it a bit and see what you are looking for in a program. I would also look into the residence halls available at each location - clinical sites and any extracurricular groups or research that you might be intrigued by.
    Best of luck!
    v/r
    Last edit by just_cause on Jun 8, '09
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    Oh definitely go check it out for yourself. And ask around what nurses in the community think--you'll hear a lot about the fantastic nursing program... at Shoreline.
    Also remember, just because you go to UW does not guarantee you a clinical placement at UWMC or Harborview. And remember what the UW has done to their FNP students. By the way, they still haven't even notified the incoming FNP students about the tuition hike. That's how much they think of their students.
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    Aren't the FNP students paying what everyone else is paying now? I mean, $600 a quarter seems really cheap. Maybe I read that wrong.
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    The FNPs pay $26K/year starting June 22. Nurses who work at the UWMC and Harborview and attended the program and/or worked as TAs used to pay less, depending on their union contract. That's all over though. Now all FNPs pay $26K/year. It's more than med students.
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    So the tuition reimbursement for working at UWMC/HMC isn't eligible for any programs at all anymore? Bummer. I may have to stay at DC children's and use their program to pay for UPenn after all.

    In my field (neonates), Washington state isn't that great for Neonatal NP anyway since people having babies is something like the 20th percentile compared to the nation.
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    Quote from babyRN.
    So the tuition reimbursement for working at UWMC/HMC isn't eligible for any programs at all anymore?
    BabyRn
    Where did you see this?


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