renzlao, BSN, MSN, RN 3,886 Views
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Hahah the Patho though! LOL you are going to vomit signal transduction every week lol you'll have to be friends with cAMP and IP3 HHaha good luck! I'm sure you'll do well.
I'm in a part-time program and fulltime work. I'm dying haha I'm always drowning every week because I only have 4 days left for school. Im planning of doing full time by January and not working. I simply can no longer go on without a life for more than a year. I just go to work, and study for the program. I have no life outside of it. I got no kids though.
Sometimes, you need 3 days for clinical Becasue of the availability of preceptors.
USC - recorded lectures and weekly live sessions.Georgetown, Simmons and USC have the same platform for teaching.
I will end up working full weekend shifts only. But if I will be miserable, which is likely, I will have to go per diem. I start clinical August, Tuesday and Wednesday, and class at 6:30-8pm same days.
You'll be great! I am from Vancouver!
I'm excited! I graduated from Toronto so I'm happy that USC doesn't require me to get evaluated. I spoke the admissions coordinator and he said that because of my 21+ Years experience that it counts for something. I was young and had a lot of family responsibilities back then. My kid are grown so it's my turn now. I feel I can do very well! Thanks for your response!
The bridge is a review of chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and etc in preparation for Pathophysiology. I spoke with the course designers for both the bridge and pathophys on how they can improve the bridge course, that will be helpful for patho. For example, pathophysiology is heavy with signal transduction (receptors and stuff) and she links it with pharm on how the medication works in certain diseases (blocking receptor for example). Don't be scared though. The Prof are really helpful. You will need 80% to pass the bridge. Its only credit or no credit.
The GPA requirement is 3.0. I don't know if they take anyone less than 3.0 but they did issue a warning to one of my classmate who almost failed the Pathophys. If the student can't bring the GPA up to 3.0 next semester, he'll be kicked out of the program. They recently changed the grading system. All theory classes are letter grade (except the bridge) and all clinical are credit/no credit. They encourage learning among our peers rather than be driven by a GPA.
Good luck! I hope you get in. It's a wonderful program. Let me know if I can be of help. Fight on!
The cost is expensive because it is from USC. Unfortunately they are one of the most expensive universities in the country (probably after NYU). It is not because the program is expensive, the school itself is expensive as they charge the same cost per unit in any other graduate degrees.
You are probably asking, is the FNP degree from USC, worth the financial investment when you can get an FNP degree from another institution at a lower cost?
There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to determining the dollar worth of each degree, but USC can charge a lot, because of their ranking. The FNP program is fairly new, but they definitely did not hire just any FNP. If you look at their course designers, they are one of the best in the country.
During our campus intensive, they hire medical actors and teaching assistants for the genitourinary system. We practiced pelvic exams on real people. The teaching assistants allowed us to insert a speculum into their reproductive organs and gave us their feedback whether or not we are doing it right.
Our online class is mostly doing case studies doing differential diagnosis. Although it is online, we have virtual classes every week at a certain time, a face to face interaction with professors and classmates (limited to 12).
USC can afford to also charge a lot of money, simply because of "brand name". Currently, they are ranked 21 in the nation from US News (tied with UCLA, UC Berkeley) and if you look at programs from the top 20 (Georgetown, Upenn, Vanderbilt), they probably charge similarly per credit.
If you are in Los Angeles, you are probably aware, the top Universities are UCLA and USC.
However, school name does not necessarily translate into career success. Pick a school that works best for you.
They just got accreditation from CCNE.
I would take Duke if you get 95% tuition.
I just got back from the campus intensive. We did rotations for physical assessments. We were paired and got taught by faculty on how to do the head to toe. We had OSCE ( similar to a clinic visit, and head-toe exam graded by faculty). We also practiced how to do pelvic exam and anal exams from real people called GUTA. I really enjoyed the GUTA. They were very helpful in teaching us how to do a cervical exam, obtaining sample etc on real patients not manequins.
I've heard that USC is waiting to hear for official announement for accreditation next week. They were informed that they did not have any deficiencies during the visit last year.
I'm heading for on campus intensive next week. I will let you know. Clinical is 14 hours a week or 2-3 days a week, then 1 day for classes. Most of us are per diem or part time. It's hard to keep up with full time work. I also work only during weekends. My Monday is off and mostly spent reading modules. I will ask about accreditation next week.
where are you located Maemir?
There are schools offering NP with ER as specialization. There are also dual majors. Others will do FNP then take courses for ENP. I'm doing the FNP to ENP route.
USC in LA will find preceptors for you.
They are an agency. You are basically an employee of passport USA until you finished the number of hours stipulated in your contract.
Hospital pays Passport USA, Passport USA pays you. That is what I know when I spoke to them.
"Direct hire" is if you applied directly to the hospital. Then the hospital files the petition for you via their in-house legal office etc.
I am in California now and I can attest, they are legit.
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