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Honest review of EKU PMHNP??

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Has 25 years experience.

I am at a very critical crossroad professionally and have to decide in the next couple weeks if I will choose to graduate and go on to EKU PMHNP post-graduate program OR stay at my current university and plow through their FNP program. Since either PMHNP or a specific specialty within primary practice are both of HUGE interest, i'm truly not exactly dead set about either direction!!!

I have read everything that I can about EKU on these forums. Most of what I can find sounds good, however I came across a post from somebody called 'PMHNP16' who basically said she was in the program and that a large group of their class was failing, and that the program actually has a pretty low attrition rate towards graduation.

Can anybody help me out, and give me your very real, honest, clear opinions of this program? How does testing from home work- do you use webcam?? are faculty easy to find and get ahold of, is what this other person posted accurate or not??

I appreciate any input to help my final decision.

anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 17 years experience.

Hey Birkiegirl - I just got my acceptance to EKU's FNP program for Fall 2017. I cant offer much advice regarding their PMHNP program but I am an alumni of their brick-and-mortar BSN program and that program was ran very efficiently. I'm very excited I was given the opportunity to attend EKU again.

I am also interested in this. I have been looking at online PHMNP programs and have heard some ok things about EKU. I would have to figure out the statistics course, but thats not a huge deal. I was a little thrown off though because the program is listed as a "Rural" psych nurse practitioner program. I don't really care that it has the addition of that information in it, but I don't want to feel as though I NEED to do rural setting to make use of my degree.

anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 17 years experience.

I am also interested in this. I have been looking at online PHMNP programs and have heard some ok things about EKU. I would have to figure out the statistics course, but thats not a huge deal. I was a little thrown off though because the program is listed as a "Rural" psych nurse practitioner program. I don't really care that it has the addition of that information in it, but I don't want to feel as though I NEED to do rural setting to make use of my degree.

Hey there

Are you sure EKU's PMHNP is "Rural Health" focused? I got accepted to their FNP Program which is a Rural Health focus, but their PMHNP isnt listed as such on their graduate nursing website.

It is a little confusing for me as well. I know on the site it doesn't actually list is at a rural health focus, but if you look at the Curriculum plan all the classes are listed as Rural PMHNP I, Rural PMHNP II, etc... and when I actually went on to start the process of application just to get a feel for it, you could only select the "Rural PMHNP" program.

anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 17 years experience.

It is a little confusing for me as well. I know on the site it doesn't actually list is at a rural health focus, but if you look at the Curriculum plan all the classes are listed as Rural PMHNP I, Rural PMHNP II, etc... and when I actually went on to start the process of application just to get a feel for it, you could only select the "Rural PMHNP" program.

Ahh ok I see. You should give them a call. I went there to their brick and mortar BSN program and just got my acceptance a little over a week ago for the FNP program. They are very helpful and i'm sure could answer your questions

I just started Grad school this fall. I applied to EKU and a bunch of other schools. In my research including DMs with people here, it seems that EKU is not an "easy" program, and the person I spoke with on DM stated that the staff didn't have much sympathy in regards to helping students that were struggling with family issues etc... I didn't end up going with EKU because I was not accepted for admittance into the PMHNP program, but I probably wasn't going to accept if I had got any offer just based on the reviews. I'm not advocating one school over another but I went with a private school, they cost more but generally they are going to be much more likely to work with struggling students. Also, a big factor in choosing was board pass rates, EKU I believe has 90% or 95% pass rate, which is strong and means the program prepares students for the board.

hi birkie - what did you decide to do, and did you have any experience to share with EKU?

BirkieGirl

Has 25 years experience.

well...I HAVEN'T decided yet. I'm applying to multiple programs. I have my MSN now and trying to still make the decision. I have an awesome job offer in an area of big interest to me. I also have been accepted into 2 of the 4 programs I've applied to. I still have a big decision to make, but I have about 2 months before I have to make the final decision. I'm still talking to lots of people, praying on it, and looking at all my options.

Does anyone have any recommendations for eku? I'm interested in their pmhnp program. Please help!!

Did you end up attending eku? What about that stats course?

nursego

Specializes in med-surg,psych, corrections, insurance,.

Trying to see what those who have actually attended the PMHNP at EKU have to say. I am applying currently for the fall entrance 2019. I already have an ASN, BSN, and MSHA and might get some credits from my masters. I have had a statistics and research projects up the ying yang and so it probably will be fine.

Nursego

I found a current Facebook page for PMHNP at EKU. From what I observed the program is decent. Have you received an acceptance letter? I applied June 10 and haven’t heard anything. Does anybody know how long it takes to receive a letter or acceptance/denial?

On 6/26/2019 at 6:07 PM, Rnmoo said:

Nursego

I found a current Facebook page for PMHNP at EKU. From what I observed the program is decent. Have you received an acceptance letter? I applied June 10 and haven’t heard anything. Does anybody know how long it takes to receive a letter or acceptance/denial?

Hi Rnmoo,

I got my acceptance letter a couple of weeks ago. Have you heard yet?

Hi. I did get an acceptance letter. I am now torn between this program and NKU. I have heard EKU is extremely picky about clinical hours where you might be there for 8 hours yet can only count 1/2 hour with each patient regardless if you spend an hour with one. NKU is offering a tuition discount as well because the program is newer. They seem to be less picky with hours and only require 500 vs EKU at over 700.

nursego

Specializes in med-surg,psych, corrections, insurance,.

I got accepted to EKU and am super excited. All online and I will just deal with the clinical hours. I think the more the better as this program is super competitive and the more hours one does the more they can show their accomplishments to prospective employers.

anchorRN, BSN, MSN, RN, APRN

Specializes in ICU, Military. Has 17 years experience.

I’m in EKUs FNP program now and have 2 semesters left. Yes the clinical hours are tough, but I am working full time still and it’s doable. I have nothing but good things to say about the FNP program so far. Actually we were grouped with the PMHNP students through a lot of the didactic material the first year and a half. EKU is very picky about hours but as long as you’re not counting lunch breaks and logging of patient encounters into the tracking system then you are fine. We are allowed to count hours such as preparing to see the patient, coming up with diffs, reviewing labs, formulating plans, and discussing the patient with the preceptor as hours. Any breaks or downtime are not allowed to be counted. In my rotations so far I’ve had very little downtime so hours haven’t been too hard to come by.

SkaboyWRX

Specializes in Pedi-Psych. Has 5 years experience.

I'm working on my PHMNP application to EKU for summer session start. I was wondering how big each cohort is? Is the program highly selective?