I spent quite a while on the phone with the dean of the nursing school at KCU yesterday discussing the FNP program. After a lot of research And speaking with several schools, I’ve applied here as my 1st choice (Carson Newman is second). The program is “intentionally small” to give personal attention.
The coursework is 100% online over 7 semesters. The college has done online programs since 2012. They are about to graduate their 5th online FNP cohort. Board pass rates are 95 to 96%. Courses are one at a time and vary in length from 4wks to 14 wks (most are 8-9). So same amount of work as two courses at once just different format. There is an optional on-campus intensive. They have interactive classes at times like test review but record them for those that can’t login.
Clinicals are over two semesters (528 hrs which is less than many other programs). It averages out to about 18/hr per week for 30 weeks. (In contrast, C-N has 5/wk for 15 weeks, 12/wk for 30 weeks, 15/wk for 15 weeks which is 660 total)... so they compact the clinical portion and don’t require as many hours. Nice for working student parents! And apparently KY BON requires all KY schools to provide clinical placement. So they ask you to be collaborative with them but they are ultimately responsible for placing you.
Also you don’t have to be religious to attend the graduate programs (however, undergrad degrees from the schools all include a minor in bible studies).
They aren’t ranked in the top schools nationally, but the personal attention if needed and the format of the program have made them stand out to me. I’ll update if I get in! They only accept 22 students per cohort.
Hope this helps others!