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Student_FNP said:
My FNP program is cheap. However i wouldn't recommend it because cheap doesn't necessarily get you the education you need or want...

I strongly suggest you look into the quality of the program rather than how inexpensive it is. I wanted to go the cheap and convenient route as well thinking that it really wouldn't make a difference in the long run. Well that may be true...but the problem is will I ever GET to the long run in my program? With the lack of resources, direction, and guidance, perhaps I will, or maybe I won't...

Most people need some sort of guidance in order to make it through these programs and trust me it is no fun to feel as though no one else (instructors, adviosors, etc.) cares if you suceed or not.

All I can say is that I personally am definately regretting my decision of cheap over quality of program.

Much Agreed, Student_FNP

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Yeah, it concerns me when people seem to only care about whether or not their program is cheap or convenient (ie: online). Quality of education seems to vary widely in nursing, unlike in medicine or PA programs. Try to find a program that is reasonably priced but that will support you and has an excellent reputation. Easier said than done, but sometimes we must sacrifice for our education. I am moving several states so I can attend a top institution (UCSF), because I want to be the best NP I can be.

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Since you are in the DC area, there are excellent state schools near by. Both U-Maryland and UVa are ranked in the Top 15 of nursing programs in the country. If you are an instate student, tuition should be around 15K per year (so the full degree under 30K) at either school.

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myelin said:
Yeah, it concerns me when people seem to only care about whether or not their program is cheap or convenient (ie: online). Quality of education seems to vary widely in nursing, unlike in medicine or PA programs. Try to find a program that is reasonably priced but that will support you and has an excellent reputation. Easier said than done, but sometimes we must sacrifice for our education. I am moving several states so I can attend a top institution (UCSF), because I want to be the best NP I can be.

That's great for you; however, many women in particular (mothers, single mothers, people with excessive student loan debt) really don't have those options. I have another masters so I don't even have enough student loan money remaining to attend an expensive program.

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I find the fact that people are more concerned about making their education work around their life circumstances than the actual quality of the training to be, well, alarming... these are people's lives. Nursing is always going to be seen as a lesser field because of these attitudes. Just depressing.

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myelin said:
I find the fact that people are more concerned about making their education work around their life circumstances than the actual quality of the training to be, well, alarming... these are people's lives. Nursing is always going to be seen as a lesser field because of these attitudes. Just depressing.

Wow, it's like you didn't even read my response. The thing about your statement is that it's INCREDIBLY PRIVILEGED: you obviously don't have "life circumstances" that stand in the way of your career and educational advancement.

I'd rather nursing be seen (by ignorant, privileged people) as a "lesser field" than have nurses (OVERWHELMINGLY women) denied advancement and further education because they cannot afford it.

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myelin said:
I find the fact that people are more concerned about making their education work around their life circumstances than the actual quality of the training to be, well, alarming... these are people's lives. Nursing is always going to be seen as a lesser field because of these attitudes. Just depressing.

wow did your nursing school teachers just love you or what?

...I wonder what you're comparing it to as a lesser field to what a physician? as in someone who spends a whole lot more time, money, and sacrifice to obtain to get paid 7$/pt?

you are a nurse don't go beyond your scope of practice because it doesn't look good for anyone.

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hi student_fnp,

what school are you attending? Im planning to go back to school too.

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RNGO4IT has 31 years experience and specializes in Psych, ICU,clinic supervis case manager,.

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I was attending UMASS Boston...completed now.

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Hi Student_FNP. I know this post is a year plus old but I was researching low-cost online FNP programs and came across your post and was wondering if you can possibly email me the name of your FNP school? I would be so grateful. chineloibe@me.com. Thanks!

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JustinTRN has 6 years experience and specializes in ICU-MICU & SICU.

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How did you like UMASS Boston? I completed 2 courses there as electives and enjoyed it. I took the Psychosocial Mental Health across the lifespan course and another nursing course. Did you like your experience?

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GGMISSTX has 20 years experience and specializes in Home Health manager, ER, MS,ICU,recovery.

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I have applied to Maryville and Walden NP program. Anyone have any advise on these. They are both totally online. Walden is 18 month completion and Maryville is 24-28 months..

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