Herzing University FNP program?

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JessicaJohns

JessicaJohns

15 Posts

I will complete Herzings FNP program in April of 2017 and overall have been happy with it. Good luck in your endeavors.

Jlheureux250

Jlheureux250

5 Posts

Let me know overall if you would recommend the program and if your successful with boards! My email is lheureux250@gmail.com

nutzyrn10

nutzyrn10

3 Posts

I'm currently enrolled in the Herzing FNP program. I'm still in my first semester and am in my last week of Term A classes (2 8 week courses) and it's intense. I work 24 hours a week plus have a family so it's intense for me. The first 2 classes are Research Methods and EBP and Theoretical Foundations and there is a paper due every week sometimes 2 papers. This on top of 4 discussion board postings that are atleast 250 words with 2 citations and 8 responses that are 150 words with 1 citation each that have to span out over 3-4 days and it can be overwhelming. I broke down and am only going to take 1 class for the next 8 weeks because I need my sanity.

Nutzyrn10: I'm tentatively starting next month any advice? I have mixed feelings after reading other posts...

aprilj90

aprilj90, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Has 10 years experience. 19 Posts

I just finished my 4th term at Herzing for the FNP concentration. Like most of you I work full time (I'm an active duty nurse in the Navy) and I have a spouse, 2 yr old, 1 yr old and a baby on the way. Yes I have a lot going on lol. Up until this point I was full time (2 classes at a time). I work night shift so I am able to do a lot of work at my job. I have yet to start clinical and am actually postponing that due to the baby being due but so far, I have no complaints. Yes in the beginning courses there is theory and research and you write a lot of papers but I wouldn't necessarily say it's hard work, just time consuming. Feel free to PM me any questions. Hope I helped some of you :)

Mckira14

Mckira14

2 Posts

I am starting the program this summer, can you send the syllabus for the first semester to me please? My email address is mcviva14@yahoo.com.

Mckira14

Mckira14

2 Posts

Do you have the syllabus for the classes and how was your overall experience? I just started on my application to start May 1st. I just want to find out as much as i can before applying. Thank you.

aprilj90

aprilj90, BSN, MSN, APRN, NP

Has 10 years experience. 19 Posts

Hi I don't have the syllabus because I took that class so long ago. But so far my overall experience has been very well. The first few classes were research and ethics so we had 2 discussion posts and a paper due almost every week for each classes. I felt like it was very doable. The clinical advisor also went the extra mile to help me get my paper work for clinicals together and ready. Overall I am very happy with this school.

nutzyrn10

nutzyrn10

3 Posts

Nutzyrn10: I'm tentatively starting next month any advice? I have mixed feelings after reading other posts...

Sorry, I just saw this now. How are you liking the program? I hope all is going well. The first semester was overwhelming for me but it is grad school so it shouldn't be easy. I've loved the instructors up to this point. I'm not really fond of the pharmacology class instructor but that's another subject.

I like the program but if I had to start over I wouldn't chose Herzing. Finding preceptors is very hard. Since they are an online school they don't have contracts with many facilities in my area...I never knew that finding a preceptor would be this much of a struggle.

nutzyrn10

nutzyrn10

3 Posts

Do you have the syllabus for the classes and how was your overall experience? I just started on my application to start May 1st. I just want to find out as much as i can before applying. Thank you.

The best advice that I could give you is to contact your clinical advisor first and find out a list of facilities or preceptors in your area that they have a contract with. The coursework will always be manageable because we're nurses and most of us are task oriented and can handle checking off assignments. My first term wasn't hard it's just time consuming but it's grad school and not suppose to be easy. The hardest part has been trying to find a preceptor. Now that I'm in this boat I've realized it's this way with many schools (there are sites on LinkedIn and Facebook) where many students struggle finding preceptors some even pay >$1,000 to have a 3rd party secure them with preceptors. The key is making sure your school has contracts with organizations within your community. Since Herzing is online and a newer program I've witnessed (in the Midwest at least) they don't have many contracts with large hospitals in the area. If they don't have a contract with that hospital that will eliminate any possible preceptor within that organization (unless it's done privately and not through HR but I'm sure it would get noticed in the clinical application process). I work at one of the large hospitals in my community and Herzing doesn't have a contract with them (I didn't know the importance of this prior to starting) but since I've started school back in August 2016 I've asked the Herzing Clinical coordinator to set up a contract and she was very willing but when I had to postpone my first clinical experience because I couldn't find a preceptor (not even within my community) I contacted my HR dept directly and they stated Herzing never reached out to them but since I've been an employee there for so long they immediately started the process. That was in Jan 2017 and apparently they are still waiting on Herzing. I've emailed the clinical coordinator for updates but she never responds to emails. She NEVER responds to emails...do I have to be that nagging pesty student?? Who wants to be that? When it's really important I go through my academic advisor and he's been amazing. Everyone has been great at Herzing but my clinical coordinator and I don't think she's very professional at all. Anyway, setting up a contract can take several months and its not as easy as it sounds. One of my co-workers is in the FNP program at Concordia and they have a contract with our facility and she hasn't had one issue finding a preceptor.

I wish you the best of luck!

Oh pharmacologyand org. Behavior is what I will have next...starting clinicals in May...I would also agree that finding preceptor is not easy..I barely made the deadline and knew of this last minute preceptor from a colleague...she has her own practice and hoping she will be able to do 2 rotations with me....now have to worry about peds and women's health rotation....I can't wait to finish .....if anyone has any questions about this school just PM me I'll be glad to fill you in...

crys5881

crys5881

8 Posts

I agree with what the previous posters have stated. I was a transfer in from a different program and have found this one to be well organized and very good with communication (my previous program lacked in this which was why I transferred out). All of my professors have been great, and my academic advisor has helped me flex my schedule around as needed to lessen or bulk up my load depending on what I needed for the semester to make things work in my home life. I am a single mom of 3, work full time and go to school. Its a busy schedule. However, I found the course loads to be very doable thus far and comparable to my previous program....And then comes the whole clinical practicum process. This program is lacking in this area in a major way. I am from Texas, and they have been of no help at all in assisting me to find a preceptor (something I was told when making my decision to transfer in that I would get). I had one and due to circumstances she had to back out. I reached out for help and go none. I ended up having to postpone my clinical experience by a semester. My market is also saturated with students, making this process 10 times harder that I had anticipated it to be. Since I work in an NICU I don't have those personal connections to other FNP's. Needless to say, I finally found someone willing to take me on for my first clinical and I begin this coming May. To say this part has been stressful is an understatement. If you have people committed to precept you, then this is a great program....but if not, Id be looking for a in state program that provided me preceptors....something I am wishing I would have done. at this point.