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by Waldorf RN Waldorf RN (New) New

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Hello Just seeing if anyone is or has applied to the ACNP program at the U of MD. Does anyone know if interviewing is a part of the process and if so what to expect during the interview??

It would be nice to get a little heads up on what to expect, right now I've already submitted my app for the fall 2013.

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Medic2BSN13 has 3 years experience and specializes in Trauma/ER/Critical Care.

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Are you applying the the Trauma/ER/ICU program or is it a different ACNP program?? I ask as I am interested in learning a little more about the program. I have had my eye on the program website recently and noticed that after Fall 2013 all incoming cohorts will be earning a DNP as opposed to a Masters. I wonder how much it will affect application numbers?? Thanks.

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Yes, it's all the same program (acute care/ Trauma). Yes I noticed that too that after the fall they will switch over to a DNP, something I dont really want to do but I do really want to go to Maryland. That's why Im really hoping to get in this fall.

Not sure How it will affect the number of applicants, but I dont know a lot of people who are dying to get their doctorate in nursing.

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Medic2BSN13 has 3 years experience and specializes in Trauma/ER/Critical Care.

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Well good luck on submitting your application. That is the type of nursing I would eventually like to enter, but I am also not sold on getting a DNP. I am finishing an accelerated BSN program for second degree students this Spring. As of now, I will still need some decent experience prior to submitting any grad school applications, but I am excited anyway.

What type of experience do you have and how much?? Are you from Maryland or will you be relocating?? Again, good luck and be sure to let the group know your status and how the process unfolds.

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reggaemuffin is a MSN, NP, CNS and specializes in Registered Nurse.

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WaldorfRN,I am finishing the acnp program at md this semester. It's a great program- I've learned so much and the faculty is very supportive. I did have an interview with 2 faculty members and the head of the program. If you have any questions let me know and congrats!

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Medic2BSN13 has 3 years experience and specializes in Trauma/ER/Critical Care.

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reggaemuffin, what types of experience do students in your class have in this program? How many years of experience? How many students are accepted each year? Do you find the coursework challenging

I ask because I am also interested in this program as well. I am graduating this Spring with my BSN as a second degree in which I have done well. I am looking to get some quality experience before applying (preferrably in ICU or ER) as it is likely a competitive program. I know the better I can make my resume, the better chance I have of getting accepted when I submit an application. I will be looking at the DNP when I apply which does not excite me, but the curriculum and program itself does.

Any and all information you pass along is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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reggaemuffin, Congratulations on completing the program!! I finally got a call for an interview (in a week and a half), and Im very nervous!! They lady did tell me that there will be 2 faculty members and one admissions person there. My question is do they ask clinical questions about me as a current ICU nurse or will they ask NP type questions?? I just want to be as prepared as possible. ANY advise would be helpful! They also said I will have to a ten minute essay.

Thanks, Waldorf

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WaldorfRN congrats on your interview. Do you know if all the NP programs sent out all their interview request already?

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WaldorfRN congrats on your interview. Do you know if all the NP programs sent out all their interview request already?

I don't know if all of the programs sent out their request but I'm sure it's got to be around this time frame if they're starting in the fall. Just thinking about a friend of mine who applied to an FNP program at another school, she had said that she got her acceptance letter around early April (they didn't interview). So I would say between now and the 1st couple weeks of April.

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Thanks Waldorf RN,

Good Luck with your interview

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reggaemuffin is a MSN, NP, CNS and specializes in Registered Nurse.

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reggaemuffin, what types of experience do students in your class have in this program? How many years of experience? How many students are accepted each year? Do you find the coursework challenging

I ask because I am also interested in this program as well. I am graduating this Spring with my BSN as a second degree in which I have done well. I am looking to get some quality experience before applying (preferrably in ICU or ER) as it is likely a competitive program. I know the better I can make my resume, the better chance I have of getting accepted when I submit an application. I will be looking at the DNP when I apply which does not excite me, but the curriculum and program itself does.

Any and all information you pass along is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Medic,

We all had experience in different areas- some from ED, CCU, ICU, etc.. There were a lot of students who were in the military too. Our amount of experience varied greatly - I probably had the least amount - I worked as a RN for about 3 years before going back. Some students had up to 20 years experience. I would def try to find a job in an area where you can get some solid critical care experience -although I worked in a CCU I didn't deal things like balloon pumps or PACs before and I did feel a little behind the curve in the beginning. I remember the ED nurses saying the same thing- of course that doesn't mean you won't do well- I just wish I had worked in a unit that was truly critical care before I went back. I had about 16 people in my class so they keep it very small which is nice bc you all kind of bond and really get to know each other. I hear you about the DNP program- I have no interest in going back for my doctorate as of now but maybe that will change. Let me know if you have any other questions. :)

-reggaemuffin

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reggaemuffin is a MSN, NP, CNS and specializes in Registered Nurse.

106 Posts; 2,713 Profile Views

reggaemuffin, Congratulations on completing the program!! I finally got a call for an interview (in a week and a half), and Im very nervous!! They lady did tell me that there will be 2 faculty members and one admissions person there. My question is do they ask clinical questions about me as a current ICU nurse or will they ask NP type questions?? I just want to be as prepared as possible. ANY advise would be helpful! They also said I will have to a ten minute essay.

Thanks, Waldorf

I PMed you- if you have any other questions feel free to ask

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