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  1. I ended up going with the MSN-FNP program at Herzing University. It fit the bill because the didactic content was 100% online and I did not have to travel to/from campus. I was able to do clinicals at nearby facilities. I did have to travel 70 miles one-way away from my home once a week for my Peds clinical, but like I said I live in a very rural area. Also it is only a 20-month program! Very busy and no chance for a break! But I managed to do it with two young boys and hubby who worked full-time. My boys were 4 months old and 2.5 years old when I started, so it was rough at times but doable. I also worked part-time as ED RN while going back to school. The program itself was okay. I honestly felt like it was a lot of busy work and don't feel that I learned much from the classes. I think the quality of your clinical sites is really what matters. I did not like that urgent care/walk-in clinic/emergency rooms were not allowed as clinical sites, as my interest was/is primarily emergency medicine. Another downside, it is basically a no-name school so no one ever knew where it was when I was asked in interviews, etc where I got my degree. I guess for me this wasn't a huge issue as I felt I would get hired for MYSELF, not where I went to school...... Either way, I got through school, graduated, and found my DREAM job in my local area as an Urgent Care/ Emergency Dept NP! Overall, I feel like it's an means-to-an-end. I do have close friends who got their DNP through reputable states universities and are having no luck finding NP jobs. Also they felt ho-hum about their NP programs much like myself, and spent 2x longer in school. I guess it all depends on what is important to you and what your needs are! Good luck. Going back to school if no joke! It is busy and crazy....but it will end and you will get the job you deserve and love! Best wishes.....
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    Herzing University FNP online?

    Hi zwink74, Just wondering about your experience with the MSN-FNP program at Herzing Online. I am hoping to start January 2018. I am planning on being a full time student, hoping to finish in 20 months as stated on the website. Did you do it in that timeframe? How was the workload for classes? I am expecting a lot of self study and reading (as with any graduate online program) and know that I will need to find my own preceptors. I currently work part time (two 12 hr shifts a week) and have two small children at home, hoping it's doable!!! Any feedback is appreciated. You can either respond or email me at aprildawn1221@gmail.com (Sorry, I can't message as I haven't reached the required amount of posts!) Thank you!
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    Herzing University FNP program?

    Hi! Just wondering if you decided to go with Herzing afterall and if so how it is going? Looking to start their program in January 2018. Any input is appreciated. Thanks!!!
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    Herzing University FNP program?

    Reyval04, BSN, Just wondering how the Herzing FNP program is treating you now that you should be in clinicals???
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    Herzing University FNP program?

    Hi aprilj90, BSN, I noticed this post is almost a year old but was interested in hearing how things are going for you in Herzing FNP program. I too am a busy mom (2 year old and 3 month old at home) and wife. Currently working part time, two 12 hour shifts a week, in nthe ER. I really need an online program that allows me to do clinicals in my area and would like to start and finish ASAP. I'm planning on starting the FNP program in January 2018. Looking for some honest feedback. Thanks so much! My email is aprildawn1221@gmail.com. Sorry, can't message you as I haven't written enough posts
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    Herzing University FNP program?

    Hi aprilj90, BSN, I noticed this post is almost a year old but was interested in hearing how things are going for you in Herzing FNP program. I too am a busy mom (2 year old and 3 month old at home) and wife. Currently working part time, two 12 hour shifts a week, in nthe ER. I really need an online program that allows me to do clinicals in my area and would like to start and finish ASAP. I'm planning on starting the FNP program in January 2018. Looking for some honest feedback. Thanks so much! My email is aprildawn1221@gmail.com. Sorry, can't message you as I haven't written enough posts
  7. Thank you so much for your post. Starting to look a little closer at Walden as an option. I do have a few options for clinicals with MDs and FNPs that have agreed to precept me, but will definitely look into securing those before too much longer. Good luck with your degree and please keep me posted as to how things are going for you!
  8. Hi everyone, I'm new to allnurses so hope I'm posting in the right place! I am currently looking for recommendations on MSN FNP programs. I am currently an Emergency Room RN, BSN with 13 years experience, working as both an ER RN and a flight nurse. My husband and I (and our 2 boys under 2.5 yrs) recently moved to a rural area and I'm strongly considering pursuing my MSN as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Due to our young family and isolated geographic area, I am only able to attend programs that are 100% online. Also would like to obtain my degree as quickly as possible (looking at around 2 yrs) all while getting an education that sufficiently prepares me to pass the boards and become a successful practitioner. I'm only working part time now, two 12 hr shifts a week, and plan on continuing the same schedule while in school. So far I am looking at University of Cincinnati, South University, and Walden University. Others I have considered are Maryville (although this program take over 2.5 yrs) and Frontier University. I have read some mixed reviews of South University, but due to the flexibility of the program (can double up on classes to finish in less than 2 yrs) and the frequent start dates (seems like a new class is admitted every month or so) it is one of my top picks as of now. I have read earlier posts on South University's FNP program but have not seen any within the past year or so. Just wondering if they have worked out some of the kinks that earlier posters had mentioned. Curious if anyone has graduated from South University and passed the FNP boards? What work load was like? Class structure? Did you double up classes? Etc? Also looking for any feedback from current/former FNP students at University of Cincinnati, Maryville, and Walden as well....just in case decide to apply to more than one program. Any and all feedback is welcome. Nervous but excited to start the application process! Thanks in advance!!!
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