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2009 Direct Entry MSN at MGHIHP

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I was just accepted to MGHIHP's Direct Entry MSN program for 2009. I am looking for more information about this program. I am trying to choose between this and Columbia. Is anyone else out there trying to decide about MGHIHP? Does anyone have experience with this particular program (MSN) to share? My specialty will be ANP/WHNP.

Thanks everyone!

Samm13: I was just accepted to the peds speciality at MGH, which one did you apply for? I'm going to go to the open house this weekend, I'm sure that will answer most of my questions. Are you going to go? I'm still waiting to hear from Simmons, but if I get in there too, I think I'll have a really tough choice to make.

Congrats!

The Columbia program is much larger than the MGHIHP program with at least twice as many students. MGHIHP program leads to an MSN only. Columbia is a joint BSN/MSN program. Columbia is more expensive of the two programs.

Both programs have strong clinical affiliation with some of the best hospitals in the country.

Is location a factor for you? MGHIHP campus is very different than the Columbia medical campus.

Another consideration is to find out how many students are in each of the clinical groups. I think MGHIHP has a maximum of 8 student per clincial instructor. Not sure about Columbia.

The MGH program schedule allows for break from classes from April to Sept. so students can get more clinical experience and earn some money. I was very impressed by the faculty at MGHIHP especially their research interests in addition to their clinical work.

Good luck

While on the topic, does Simmons lead to a BSN/MSN ? Anyone knows? Thanks

Simmons leads to an RN/MSN. It's 18 months for the RN portion, and then the following 18 months are the masters portion!

Jalin_2009,

Thanks so much for those tips. I, too, am deciding amongst several schools, two of them being Columbia and MGHIHP. You mention that MGH has the break from April - September, but that would only enable students to work for 6 months after the 2nd year when they have the RN license.....whereas, Columbia allows students to take a year break between the BSN and MSN portions so they could end up getting a year of experience. So I think it's safe to say that both schools would allow for work experience in between, right? Do you know if either school helps with placement during those breaks or if they have more of a chance to be hired for those breaks from their affiliated institutions?

Which program do you attend?

The MGH program has a break even after the first year. It's built into their academic calendar. During the first year, students attend class fall and spring term with the summer off. Their spring terms ends at the end of April.

During the break the first year, you would not be working as an RN. My sense of the Boston job market is that there is a lot of internal hiring. There is also a much larger influx of new grads each year than most places so finding a job can be competitive. Even if you don't work as an RN, it is good to have another opportunity to work, network and make connections for a job after graduation.

The Columbia program allow students to take a year off in between the BSN/MSN portion but it is the choice of the student versus being a part of the program. In my experience, most joint programs allow you to do this. Regis college in the Boston area allows students to take up to 2 years off before completely the MSN portion.

I am not sure if the school helps with placement.

Are you going to the accepted student event this weekend? It is a good question to ask.

Who's going to the open house this weekend? Anyone for the Peds track?

Who's going to the open house this weekend? Anyone for the Peds track?

I'll be there :D I'm in for the Peds track, too.

I look forward to meeting you!

It will be great to get all the information about classes, meet the professors, fellow students etc. I'm definitely sending in my deposit... probably by the end of the week. I just wish I wasn't still waiting to hear back from schools. I was starting to get really stressed out because my bosses kept asking when I'd start school if I got in, so now I can give them an answer!

I look forward to meeting you!

It will be great to get all the information about classes, meet the professors, fellow students etc. I'm definitely sending in my deposit... probably by the end of the week. I just wish I wasn't still waiting to hear back from schools. I was starting to get really stressed out because my bosses kept asking when I'd start school if I got in, so now I can give them an answer!

I know exactly what you mean. I'm still deciding between MGH and Regis. I'm hoping to have a clearer idea of where I want to go after the open house on Saturday. Having to make a decision is more difficult than I thought it would be!

I'm currently deciding between MGH, Yale, and Northeastern. To be honest, I would like to work as an RN part-time while getting the MSN (something which Yale does not allow for direct entry students); Yale is also very $$$. Both MGH and NEU allow part-time MSN. NEU offered me a good amount of money so I am sort of leaning in that direction. On that note, I have yet to hear that either MGH or Northeastern is drastically better than the other....does anyone else know how these compare???

jnd1213, what specialty did you apply for? I don't know a whole lot about the NEU program, but we have loads of co-op students from various programs working in my department at Children's Hospital and the Docs always seem to like them.

MGH has a pretty extensive list of their top clinical sites... not to mention doing some rotations at MGH, which is pretty amazing. All contact I've had with anyone at MGH has been great... they are quick to return calls and emails, and seem to be easily accessible, which I like.

But really either of those two Boston schools will allow you the opportunity to work in some of the best hospitals in the country. The Longwood Medical Area is a really great place to work... and NEU is just down the street. New Haven has a lot of benefits too and obviously Yale is a fantastic school (congrats)!

Where are you living now? I'm pretty partial to Boston, plus if NEU gave you money, that could make a big difference. Good luck with your decision!

jnd1213, what specialty did you apply for? I don't know a whole lot about the NEU program, but we have loads of co-op students from various programs working in my department at Children's Hospital and the Docs always seem to like them.

MGH has a pretty extensive list of their top clinical sites... not to mention doing some rotations at MGH, which is pretty amazing. All contact I've had with anyone at MGH has been great... they are quick to return calls and emails, and seem to be easily accessible, which I like.

But really either of those two Boston schools will allow you the opportunity to work in some of the best hospitals in the country. The Longwood Medical Area is a really great place to work... and NEU is just down the street. New Haven has a lot of benefits too and obviously Yale is a fantastic school (congrats)!

Where are you living now? I'm pretty partial to Boston, plus if NEU gave you money, that could make a big difference. Good luck with your decision!

I'm currently living in Boston and would love to stay here. I applied for adult psych specialty (but am very open to acute care). From what I've heard, MGH does not actually have anymore of a connection to the Boston hospitals as NEU (maybe for the RN clinicals they do, but beyond that it's a level playing field). Yale sounds fancy, but I did a lot of research and have concluded that the Ivy name is not very important in the nursing field (as it is for an MBA or JD). I'll see, i think if all things are equal, I should go the school that will leave me with the least amount of debt as possible...

Any thoughts on the accepted students info session yesterday?

Samm-

At the event yesterday, we had a chance to ask questions about the program, meet the faculty and learn more about financial aid. In the beginning of the session, everyone went around and introduce themselves. I was impressed by the groups of accepted students. Let me know if you have specific questions.

Most of the people I spoke to yesterday had not made up their minds about MGH yet. Many had several acceptances to choose from. Which is good for you on the waiting list. We have until the 20th to send in our deposits. Classes begin September 1st so you may still be admitted between the 20th and September.

They did mention that they received over 400 applications for 80 slots.

Did anyone receive a scholarship to MGH? I heard they give some merit scholarships, but I was wondering how many (I know they went out with the acceptance letters). I got accepted to MGH early, so I thought this would put me a good position for a scholarship, but I didn't get one.

I am on wait list at MGH-Ughhh!! Your acceptance e-mails make me want to cry but I am staying positive! It is my absolute dream to go to MGHIHP. Anyways, I just filled out my needs based financial aid form. It was due today at MGHIHP. For those of you who may not have filled out FAFSA yet, you should do so ASAP. They said after filling out a needs based form, you should hear back within a few weeks (from the financial office, even if you are not accepted yet to the program). The FAFSA is free and you can enter all schools you are applying to. I did not realize how important it is to do this NOW as opposed to when (if) I am aceepted. Hope that helps but I am not sure about scholarships...

I think those go out with the acceptance letters.

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