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I am not asking about ivy league schools but does the name and reputation of school matter for a job? I have a medical degree from abroad with more than 5-year family physician experience. Currently in an accelerated BSN program. My question is whether doing MSN NP from an accredited online school( aka Chamberlain level schools) should do or should I get into any brick and mortar school? Honest opinion needed 

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Depends on the area of the country. If in a shortage area, nope doesn't matter, if in an area saturated with NPs, then yes it might matter as they might be more familiar with the education provided in their local schools. 

However, all things equal, 5,10,15,20 years later, it won't matter at all. 
Best wishes

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I think with your background....you should be fine wherever you go.  Good luck!

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Bottom line....NO.  the degree matters...

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Cococure has 7 years experience and works as a RN on a mother/baby unit.

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With your background as a MD you will be fine, you have more than enough education. Question why didn’t you want to be an MD in the states? I am unfamiliar with the process. 

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11 hours ago, Cococure said:

With your background as a MD you will be fine, you have more than enough education. Question why didn’t you want to be an MD in the states? I am unfamiliar with the process. 

  Depending on what country you're coming from you can have to repeat the majority of your education.  This is sometimes a more time feasible alternative so people can use their knowledge but also support their family.  

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Cococure has 7 years experience and works as a RN on a mother/baby unit.

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22 hours ago, Rnis said:

  Depending on what country you're coming from you can have to repeat the majority of your education.  This is sometimes a more time feasible alternative so people can use their knowledge but also support their family.  

Ok I understand now. Honestly, you have the education already so whatever school you attended it will be a breeze for you. That being said it will depend on what part of the country you are located, as a previous poster said if it’s a saturated area it might be a bit harder. But when they see your education and experience I am sure you will be fine. So good luck and all the best!

FYI go to a school that sets up preceptors for you!

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ToBeMSNNP has 1 years experience.

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Thank you all for nice feedback and bits of advice. @Cococure. I think most of the online schools do not provide preceptors and its student's responsibility to find one. If you know any such school, please share. Thanks

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Cococure has 7 years experience and works as a RN on a mother/baby unit.

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I am not sure which part of the country you are located in but the big name schools do like Duke, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown, UPenn, etc do set up clinicals. Have you looked into PA programs? They set up all rotations etc and you don’t have to choose a specialty track like NP programs. 

Good luck 

Coco 

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ToBeMSNNP has 1 years experience.

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I chose nursing track over the PA route because of more independence as Nurse Practitioner down the road. I am in the New Jersey area. 

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umbdude has 1 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a RN. PMHNP student.

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On 5/20/2019 at 4:34 AM, ToBeMSNNP said:

If you know any such school, please share. Thanks

There are extremely few online NP programs that will guarantee preceptors. I think Duke is the only school that guarantees preceptors regardless of your location.

I recommend that you begin by looking at reputable programs within the your state or nearby states. This is because even if these programs don't provide preceptors, they might have connections to local hospitals and clinics.

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