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CSULA ABSN & MSN - Pros & Cons

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Hello!

I've been reading/ hearing VERY different comments about this program. If accepted, I am planning on matriculating from the ABSN to MSN to get my NP license with no leave of absence.

I am wondering if you could give me pros/ cons about the program namely about these topics:

Reputation of the school/program?

Job outlook for new grads?

How many months after graduation will new grads be hired?

Quality of preceptors?

Quality of professors/lectures?

Did you feel prepared to practice as a nurse/ nurse practitioner after graduation?

Thanks in advance!

Get2theChoppa

Specializes in Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

Reputation of the school/program?

-Very good

Job outlook for new grads?

-Depends where you are headed. As always acute care is competitive. Psych and outpatient are easier to acquire.

How many months after graduation will new grads be hired?

-Most who get hired immediately upon graduating get a job from their preceptorship site. Others wait the standard 6 mo to 1 year. For NP jobs are easier to find. Many FNP grads cohorts ahead of me were able to secure jobs easily. ACNPs have a harder time because hospitals def want 2-3 years RN ICU experience.

Quality of preceptors?

-Can't say yet.

Quality of professors/lectures?

-Mixed.

Did you feel prepared to practice as a nurse/ nurse practitioner after graduation?

-I don't know how confident I will be. I am confident in terms of skills but worry about time management and hospital support when issues arise.

Thank you! I'm potentially deciding between this program and Johns Hopkins' Direct Entry Masters program. So torn!

Get2theChoppa

Specializes in Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.

I am biased but name brands schools mean very little in nursing. Whatever is cheaper is the one you should go with unless JH has a specialization CSULA doesn't