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by indomie23 indomie23 (Member) Member

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I'm debating between two types of FNP online schools to choose:

Simmons College or Samuel Merritt University:

  • $65k+ in tuition
  • Arranges preceptors

OR Columbus State University:

  • $20k in tuition
  • Does NOT arrange preceptors

I've read positive reviews for both schools, and I haven't really found anything negative for any of them - yet, I guess. I think I've read that Simmons is heavy on papers, compared to other schools, which isn't too enticing. Columbus is extremely affordable. I also want to avoid the added stress of paying back even more loans. What might be my best investment? Help!

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umbdude has 2 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Psych/Mental Health.

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I'm debating between two types of FNP online schools to choose:

Simmons College or Samuel Merritt University:

  • $65k+ in tuition
  • Arranges preceptors

OR Columbus State University:

  • $20k in tuition
  • Does NOT arrange preceptors

I've read positive reviews for both schools, and I haven't really found anything negative for any of them - yet, I guess. I think I've read that Simmons is heavy on papers, compared to other schools, which isn't too enticing. Columbus is extremely affordable. I also want to avoid the added stress of paying back even more loans. What might be my best investment? Help!

Read the fine prints. Simmons online FNP does *not* guarantee clinical placements. The program provides you a staff to *assist* you find one. You will still need to do all the cold calling and begging, and pay that exorbitant tuition. A former worker who went to Simmons online had to postpone her graduation by 1-2 semester(s) because she could not find a preceptor.

If none of the 3 schools guarantee preceptors, then go with the cheapest option. Don't pay $65K tuition for a program that doesn't guarantee clinical placements.

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