Hi, I'm curious to hear people's input. I am currently researching NP programs with the goal of starting late next year (so I have some time). I'm looking at several programs within my region and 2 stand out- I've listed the pros and cons of the 2 below.
Here's some context: I'm in my late 20s. I have to do an online or hybrid program, and will have to continue working throughout the program. I also cannot move (mortgage, boyfriend). My employer is very flexible and supportive of my desire to pursue grad school. I am indifferent to MSN vs DNP at the moment. I'm more focused on quality of program, how flexible they are with working students, and price. I would also prefer to work with adults, but I know I can still do that with an FNP.
Option 1: an MSN AGNP online program in the next state over at a well-known brick & mortar university. 3 years long, part-time (but they say full-time work load). Requires a week-long summer on-campus immersion once per year for hands on skills (I want this- I didn't want a 100% online program). I know someone who recently graduated- she recommended the program, but did warn me that it's very "self- learning"- more textbook education and less lecture focused. They have a 100% pass rate for boards. But, you are on your own for finding clinical placements in your hometown- my ex colleague said this was an extremely stressful experience in the city we live in. Price is about what I expected. But that's not factoring in the flights and room & board for the 3 week-long immersions.
Option 2: a DNP FNP hybrid program at a locally well-known brick & mortar university. 3 years long, full-time. Monthly weekend immersions on campus. I know this school of nursing well- I got my BSN here and really enjoyed it, very good quality BSN program. They handle clinical placements for you (HUGE plus). Price....not cheap. Almost double the other program. However, I still can't shake this program off yet. Through my BSN, I realized that I really value having classmates for studying, bouncing ideas off each other, and supporting one another. And I like the idea of having more access to my professors. I am attending an info session soon where I'll ask about board pass rate, I expect it to be high.
After writing this all out, I realized that I may be trying to justify paying a lot more money for a more traditional brick & mortar experience in a familiar environment, plus the advantage of not dealing with clinical placements. I'm hoping someone from a hybrid program will also see this thread and give me their input. If you were in my shoes, which program do you think you'd lean towards?
Thanks in advance!