U Penn, U of Roch, Sam. Merritt - where to?

  1. I've been accepted to accelerated BSN/MSN or generic MSN programs at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, and Samuel Merritt College. People seem impressed when I mention U Penn, but I'm wondering how important the name and/or reputation of a school is for an FNP (especially considering the demand). As long as the school is fully accredited and has a comparable course list, what advantages (if any) does the "Big School" offer? Would I regret going to a relatively unknown, small private school? Does anyone have experience with one of these three schools? Thank you to anyone who can offer their wisdom...
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  3. by   opalmRN
    Can we assume you are an RN now?
    If so, how many patients have inquired as to where you received your education? Did that play a factor in securing the postion where you are currently employed? What will you gain from the "big name school" that you wouldn't learn in the other school and would you end up with big $$ in the "big job" to compensate for all you paid out to the "big name school?"

    I guess the bottom line is where do you feel you will get the best education cause in the end, it really doesn't matter where you went to school or what letters are behind your name for that matter if you can't perform the duties you were hired to do.

    Lots of things to consider, weigh it all out carefully then make the decision.
  4. by   overreacher
    Thank you for your response. Actually, I'm not a nurse yet. The programs I am accepted to are accelerated BSN/MSN and generic MSN programs for students with bachelors in other fields. I have worked, and am currently working, in health care, but not as an RN. I was a paramedic in the Air Force and now I work as a personal attendant for a young man with spinal muscular atrophy. While I initially planned to become a physician assistant, then a doctor of osteopathy, I realized that the nursing model with its more holistic approach to health complimented my own philosphy far more than the medical model. It isn't the "Big Name" of a school that is important to me (I didn't realize U Penn was Ivy League until someone told me long after I'd applied - I just knew they had a good program) but I've had discussions with people regarding the future and one point was made that gave me reason to reassess the importance of a well known institution. If I were working on a project, say a people's clinic or some other kind of outreach program and I needed funding, where would I be more likely to get it? Which school would offer the resources and contacts to make something happen? Perhaps I'm a bit naive at this point regarding the protocols of such things, but it did make me wonder. Sorry this is so long, but if you've made it this far and have an opinion, I'd love to hear. Thanks...

    Last edit by overreacher on Jan 20, '03
  5. by   TheBrainMusher
    Look at the direction you want to go and the program's affliations. For example, Upenn, known for peds ... I'm unfamilar with the other programs as I was just looking in the philly area. Also, price, I know I couldn't afford Upenn's progam, isn't it like $25K-30K per year? Also, looking back on your post ....sometimes saying you went to penn can help you, but in this shortage, i would think its the contacts you make and where you work that would matter. But since I'm not there, only one can assume ... Penn does have an excellent program though ...
    Last edit by TheBrainMusher on Jan 20, '03